Pinnacle PCTV nanoStick T2 290e review

The nanoStick is the first PC tuner to support DVB-T2 – and thus Freeview HD. Was it worth waiting for?

By  from TechRadar Issue 297
Product Type
TV Tuner
Product Family
Video System
Brand Name
Form Factor
TV Tuning, Digital TV Receiver, Radio Receiver, Video Recording
Host Interface
USB 2.0
TV Antenna
65 mm
135 mm
200 mm
Hauppauge Computer Works
Product Model
Product Name
tripleStick HD 292e DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C TV receiver
Product Line
Manufacturer Part Number
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information
PCTV tripleStick HD 292e TV Tuner

The first triple mode USB digital TV tuner for Windows: for DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C digital TV!

Plug the PCTV 292e into a USB port on your Windows PC or laptop and you can watch, pause & record Freeview High Definition and Standard Definition TV. PCTV tripleStick 292e is the world's first triple mode USB TV receiver for Windows PC's and laptops. The 292e can receive Freeview HD (DVB-T2), Freeview SD (DVB-T) and "free-to-view" digital cable TV (DVB-C) on your Windows PC.

In addition to live over-the-air DVB-T2 HD TV, the PCTV 292e can also receive DVB-T. If you live in an area which does not broadcast the high definition DVB-T2 signal yet, you can watch the standard Freeview DVB-T and upgrade to DVB-T2 when it comes to your area.

Never miss your favourite TV show again!

The PCTV 292e comes with TVCenter 6 and DistanTV applications for Windows. With TVCenter, you can watch or record your favourite TV programs in your PC, in a window or full screen. TV recordings made with the PCTV 292e can be scheduled and played back from mobile devices as well as from the PC or Mac.

With DistanTV, the PCTV 292e can stream your favourite TV programs to your iPhone, iPad or your Android-based tablets or smartphones plus a PC or Mac.

The PCTV 292e turns your PC into a high definition DVR

Plug the 292e into your PC and turn it into a HDTV digital video recorder (DVR). With the included TVCenter 6 application, you can watch HD or SD TV on your PC screen, in a window or full screen. A built-in Electronic Program Guide (EPG) allows you to see what's on TV now and what's coming up. Schedule TV recordings with the EPG. Plus pause live TV and record your favourite TV programs in the full digital TV format.The PCTV 292e is fully backward compatible to DVB-T and delivers outstanding reception for both DVB-T and DVB-T2 broadcast standards.

Package Contents
  • tripleStick HD 292e DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C TV receiver
  • Portable TV antenna
  • Mini remote control (with batteries)
  • USB extension cable
  • MCX to IEC adapter
  • Installation CD with TVCenter and DistanTV
  • Quick start guide
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