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Community Level 4orrin31

orrin31

TV on your PC Diamond review

Advantageswatch tv without a tv

Disadvantagesthe software, weak reception

"...for me. I noticed that FreeCom had a cheap USB FreeView receiver for around £25 Ė great, I thought, so I bought it. * The package * I got the USB stick, which included a CD (for the drivers), USB cable, and a tiny free standing aerial that I can only assume is for decorative purposes, as it didnít work (well, I think I may have got a few channels if I held it whilst standing on one leg on a chair with my left little finger held out). Letís just ..." Read review
07.07.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Going Digital

AdvantagesWatching several channels at once.

DisadvantagesYou may need a new aerial

"With analogue TV on the way out it was time to get to grips with the TV future of our home. We have cable from Virgin Media but I was looking for a cheaper alternative and one that was perhaps a bit different from the usual freepay boxes. I found such a device on riverstream.co.uk for a pricey sum of 16.97 plus 99p postage. It promptly arrived just 2 days later and I was keen to seen the outcome on my new computer. Unfortunately everytime I ..." Read review
14.10.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 2Danny.B

Danny.B

Not bad for the price

Advantages Small design, useful for addition of another TV

Disadvantagessupplied aerial rubbish, supplied software not v good

"I got one of these to add extra digital services to my household on my PC as I thought it would be good to watch a bit of TV whilst doing some Uni work or general web browsing, the price was excellent and the unit is quite a lot smaller than other digi boxes or TV boxes for the PC so that was a plus. Initial installation wasn't too difficult, install the drivers, plug in the stick and the PC does the rest for you. However, the supplied software ..." Read review
15.03.2007

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Community Level 1plastik

plastik

Great value Freeview device for your PC

AdvantagesDoes what it says on the tin, easy to use

DisadvantagesPotential signal problems with small aerial, software isn't amazing

"...rubbish experience. Stick with the Freecom software is the best advice. Yes there are flaws, but it does the job great. I've got a small icon for the software on my taskbar in XP, so when I need to quickly check the news, I simply click it, and Sky News (the last channel watched) is up in less than 3 seconds. If I need to quickly record, I can then just press record and it begins instantly with no fuss. Exactly what I wanted it for. Hardcore video ..." Read review
03.02.2008

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Community Level 1bmandalia

bmandalia

Nice size physically, let down by poor software .

AdvantagesSize, cost.

DisadvantagesAbove average graphics required, Software

"...hop a few channels the Freecom tends to struggle. I know this is a combination of the shared graphics and the Freecom, but I have no way of upgrading my video memory so have to live with it! The software looks bad and under-performs. This is one of the few applications which regularly crashes on me. My main gripe is the way the sound support is implemented, it is not helpful to say the least. For example, the Freecom volume control, controls ..." Read review
04.01.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful

Quick review of Freecom DVB-T USB stick DVB terrestrial receiver / radio input adapter

"This TV stick is absolutly great for watching and recording digital TV. However the arial that is supplied isn't very good and it depends on where you are situated to how good a reception you get. In my case not a very good one so i hooked it up to the mains arial absolutly superb :) records fantastically aand picture quality is great
14.11.2007

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Community Level 1silmick

Quick review of Freecom DVB-T USB stick DVB terrestrial receiver / radio input adapter

"I own one of these and think is is not value for money as it needs a strong signal to get anything like a good picture if a picture at all. I have not seen many good reports about the Freecom stick and would not recommend buying one.. There might be an updated vertion out by now, I do not know, but I purchased mine in late 2004..
21.08.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful

Community Level 1booboohibs

booboohibs

Freecom Digital TV stick

Advantagesrecord to computer, transportable, nicely presented

Disadvantagesjumpy, fast programme, space at the usb port

"...a small lapel spot which freecom should have advanced. Overall, it is a very good product and a very good price. The software is ok but will be jumpy due to it being "movey" on slower pc's so you maybe want to use winTV or similar. ..." Read review
07.07.2007

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Community Level 1kirkwood132

kirkwood132

Sub-Standard cheap rubbish

AdvantagesPrice, size

DisadvantagesBroke, Baddish quality,

"I have had this stick for over a year now and it has already broken. When i had the stick the picture kept stuttering and the quality wasn't that good either even though it was getting full signal. The bundled software isn't that good and i would recommend looking on the internet for other software. The only reason i bought this receiver because it was one of the cheapest but you get what you pay for. The stick broke a few months after i bought ..." Read review
30.05.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: somewhat helpful

Community Level 1ugm6hr

ugm6hr

Good Hardware, Bad Software

AdvantagesCheap, Works

DisadvantagesPoor software

"...users (specifically Ubuntu 7.10). While Freecom does not officially support Linux, Realtek (who make the DVB chipset) have released a driver that has been modified for easy installation by the Ubuntu community (just search the forum). It works flawlessly with Kaffeine (free media player). ..." Read review
01.03.2008

Ciao members have rated this review on average: not helpful



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