OTA ATSC Tuner w/ Pause live TV
DVR and Video stability
For the price of $129.99 at BB, the Pro Stick seems like an ideal purchase. I should start with the specs of my system. I'm running this product on a P4 3.0GHz with 1.5GB RAM. I'm also using a GeForce 6200OC and a terrestrial antenna ... Read full review
For the price of $129.99 at BB, the Pro Stick seems like an ideal purchase. I should start with the specs of my system. I'm running this product on a P4 3.0GHz with 1.5GB RAM. I'm also using a GeForce 6200OC and a terrestrial antenna that pulls in all of the digital signals in my area without any issues. The HD Pro Stick will display the HD Programming without significant problems. I've notice on PBS, a slight performance problem. The signal seemed to be dropping frames I believe to be isolated to the data transfer from the tuner to the video card. This has also happened on a subchannel of another digital station in my area. Restarting the system appears to correct this issue. While I was watching "Lost", I paused HDTV and came back 15 minute later. When the program was unpaused, the video and audio were synched correctly The MLB playoff were also displayed very nicely, without any issues. Here's the main problem. There seems to be driver confict issues with nVidia GeForce drivers and this device. I have been encountering "fatal errors" that require a system shutdown. This mainly happens when retrieving DVR content for playback. It's not isolated to the DVR though. It has happened during normal viewing. In addition to this, the DVR content has yet to successful play audio and video in sync. Another issue, is the remote control for this particular unit is defective. It will not directly input a channel. Channel up and down, volume up and down, full screen, and power seem to be the only functions that are working correctly. I'll press a number on the remote and it will prompt a random number on the screen. It appears confused. The Pinnacle Media Center software seems to be proprietary. Windows Media Player will play captured content, but not correctly. As I mentioned previously, for the price it seems like a great deal. If you're technical and willing to accept the device with these problems, I'd recommend it. The cost is low and once the HDTV is started and tuned in, it works well. It just seems to have difficulties in starting and recording. It is also slow to change channels. It seems to want a very strong HD signal to work without stalling or pixelizing. In reality, the issues I'm having may exceed the practicality.