usb freeview for pc-reception as good as a standard box?

  theDarkness 12:37 05 Sep 08

I was thinking of purchasing a usb freeview device to watch tv on my laptop, but reviews for most seem to be varied. In the same location, are they as good as a standard box with an ariel of the same strength? Im not after anything special (being able to record etc) although being able to view freeview teletext would be a nice bonus. Has anyone had any experience and able to recommend any brand? I would imagine connecting the usb freeview to a non roof ariel will give a jumpy picture, but if the signal is of a medium strength, is it bad enough to stop you from using it? If anyone has any experience would be much appreciated.. thanks

  Esc4p3 13:41 05 Sep 08

Depends what kind of signal strength you can get - in my house I am in a good signal area but this various from room to room. But to answer your question, I have a Hauppage TV USB stick with a £9.99 indoor freeview ariel (from Argos) and the picture is every bit as good as the freeview from my main house ariel. But as I said this can vary from room to room. The small ariel supplied with the USB stick was next to useless for me.

I don't think my version of the tuner has digital text though, but I know others do.

  Stuartli 09:53 07 Sep 08

You cannot, to the best of my knowledge, use Freeview digital text or Active services using a DVB PCI TV Card or USB stick with a computer system.

However, you may be/can receive analogue text with such cards (my Twinhan Freeview D+A TV card offers the feature).

  Stuartli 09:53 07 Sep 08

There's no such thing as a "Freeview aerial" - the correct term is wideband.

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