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Topic # 25983 8-Sep-2008 16:35
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I have quite a few westpac hotpoints I want to use up.  I was browsing through their list of items and came across this: https://www.hotpoints.co.nz/product.aspx?hash=d3f41a7f4be78adf133fae33babb87f2&sku=3443 Pinnacle PCTV NanoStick Tuner for FreeviewWatch freeview on your PC with the Pinnacle PCTV nanostick. It picks up digital TV even if the signal is weak, thanks to its ultra-sensitive reception technology. The incredibly small size design makes it the perfect match for today's thin laptops and compact desktops. The included easy to use Pinnacle TVCenter Pro software lets you watch, TimeShift and record TV. You can watch your favourite programmes in full-screen mode or in a scaleable window while using other applications. PCTV nanoStick is ready for new Freeview terrestrial HDTV service. PCTV nanoStick comes with a mini remote and antenna (works in most locations - otherwise connect to a Rooftop UHF Aerial), and is Certified for Windows Vista.

All software included to watch Freeview in NZ and overseas
   Anyone have any opinion as to whether it is any good, and/or easy to use, and/or value for money (it ‘costs’ 15,000 hotpoints which could buy me about $80 worth of vouchers from a range of retailers) I notice a couple of other threads when I searched for this model on geekzone which say it does not work under Windows Vista media centre.  Reading the blurb on the hotpoints poage implies it does work.  (or is this a new model? ) “compatible with Windows media centre”

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  Reply # 163145 8-Sep-2008 19:00
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Even if it was compatible with media centre, it still wouldn't work.



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  Reply # 163444 10-Sep-2008 08:53
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that doesn't make any sense.

'compatible' means it should work.

Why won't it?

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  Reply # 163449 10-Sep-2008 09:29
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Because Media Center doesn't support the H.264 broadcasts we have in New Zealand. The same card would work fine in Australia for example but won't work here in New Zealand or any any other country that now uses H.264 - there is included software with this tuner that will give you a picture bit it will perform very poorly.

You really need to be aware of the hardware requirements for viewing Freeview|HD content on your PC, spend an hour or so reading all the threads here on Geekzone which will explain everything you need to know. A minimum dual core PC, perferably with Vista, NVidia 8500 or upwards video card and a package such as Arcsoft or Cyberlink PowerDVD7/8 for a H.264 codec capable of hardware accleration.





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  Reply # 163470 10-Sep-2008 12:00
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I easily have the required hardware on my PC (apart from the tuner obviously). I have CyberlinkDVD, but not sure what version off the top of my head (posting from work).

The stick comes with internal aerial, but I’m aware I would almost certainly have to get an external one to get a decent signal.

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Anyone have any opinion as to whether it is any good, and/or easy to use, and/or value for money (it ‘costs’ 15,000 hotpoints which could buy me about $80 worth of vouchers from a range of retailers) I notice a couple of other threads when I searched for this model on geekzone which say it does not work under Windows Vista media centre.  Reading the blurb on the hotpoints poage implies it does work.  (or is this a new model? ) “compatible with Windows media centre”


I also found this bit of kit listed at Playtech but agree with the rest on this thread that despite it being supplied with the correct NZ audio and video codecs it will likely fail to work with Windows Media Center.

It's MCE that is not enabled to support H.264 for video and AC3 for sound so that's where it all falls down.

DVB-S support I think has been added under the recently released TV Pack that's been hatched out to OEM's. Perhaps investing in a DVB-S tuner would be the go but appreciate you will not have HD if you follow this path in order to use MCE.

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