Most of the cards/usb sticks require a decent ariel as the ones that come with them are usually very poor for reception. As it happens there are two other threads running at present with advice on this matter click here click here Have a look at these.
The best bet is to buy a Freeview PCI TV card such as the Twinhan DVB-ter D+A (Digital+Analogue); to provide it with a good strength signal buy a £10 or so twin output aerial amplifier and the required length of quality coaxial cable.
You can then feed your normal TV from one of the aerial outputs and run the coaxial cable to the TV card's RF aerial input socket.
I take my feed off a coaxial cable run to a TV set in the room where my computer system is housed - the cable was laid under the floorboards as we were having a new damp proofing course installed at the time...:-)
The aerial amplifer is used to provide signals for the TV and my computer system's Twinhan Freeview card.
This is a good piece of kit but i would say 99% sure that unless you live underneath the transmitter you are going to have to buy a better Ariel of some description as my uncle has that very one and he lives in an area where the freeview coverage is superb and with the ariel supplied with the unit he can only get about 5 or 6 channels but with his roof mounted ariel i think he is getting approx 72 channels so this is something to think about.
nice one stuartli great idea! i see the cheapest wideband arial is actually the best performer! looks like i'll be getting one of those, if the standard arial for the usb adapter does not pick much up!
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