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  1. Compro VideoMate U2800F review

    Compro VideoMate U2800F review

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    This latest VideoMate TV tuner stick is the first in Compro’s extensive range to offer full Vista compatibility. Open up Media Centre and the U2800F will link up and enable full control over both digital and analogue TV.

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    Hauppage WINTV-NOVA-HD-S2 review

    Hauppage WINTV-NOVA-HD-S2 review

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    This veritable Swiss Army knife of the PC TV world will bring to your desktop the wonders of both analogue and digital terrestrial TV, FM radio plus digital satellite.

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    Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus review

    Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus review

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    Despite competition from Equinux in recent years, Elgato remains the natural choice if you want to add a TV tuner to your Mac. Not only is the accompanying EyeTV software powerful, slick and flexible, but the company has a wide range of TV tuner solutions to fit any budget.

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    Azurewave ADSP400 review

    Azurewave ADSP400 review

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    The move to European hi-def satellite broadcasting - and DVB-S2 - has paved the way for a variety of products able to receive this new generation of services. In addition to the standalone receivers, we now have a handful of DVB-S2 tuner cards

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    Asus My Cinema-U3000 review

    Asus My Cinema-U3000 review

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    One USB TV tuner stands head and shoulders above the nondescript herd that comprises its peers: the ASUS My Cinema-U3000. It boasts a form factor which is best described as 'interesting'

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    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR4000 review

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR4000 review

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    In the world of PC-based satellite reception typically you need different tuner cards that specifically cater for satellite and terrestrial reception, and only a few recent PC satellite products support the DVB-S2 modulation used by FTA hi-def channels

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    Miglia TVMini Express review

    Miglia TVMini Express review

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    While our Windows-using brethren have been enjoying cheap digital TVtuners for years, Mac-friendly versions are usually expensive. TheTVMini Express is one of a new breed of more wallet-friendly devices

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    Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Flash Stick review

    Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Flash Stick review

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    Pinnacle has released quite a number of TV tuners aimed at the laptop user in recent months, but this Flash stick is the first version to actually offer something a little different from just TV on the go

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    Pinnacle PCTV Sat HDTV Pro USB review

    Pinnacle PCTV Sat HDTV Pro USB review

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    We're strong advocates of PC-based satellite reception. First, there's the obvious advantage of being able to experience your favourite TV and radio programmes with digital clarity

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    Elgato turbo.264 review

    Elgato turbo.264 review

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    With the UK still waiting for movie and television content from the Apple Store, there's still a dearth of content available for owners of the new Apple TV who want to hook their Macs up to their TV set and watch movies in their front room

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    August DVB-T201 review

    August DVB-T201 review

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    The theory behind August's USB Freeview TV receiver is an enticing one - TV on your laptop, wherever you are. Unfortunately, the reality is something of a disappointment

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    Pinnacle Hybrid Pro Stick 320E review

    Pinnacle Hybrid Pro Stick 320E review

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    Pinnacle's sturdy little stick is a good, solid performer at a good, solid price. Coming in at under the price of the (entireley reasonable) Avermedia, but lacking the FM radio capability, there's little to choose between them.

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    Nova-TD USB review

    Nova-TD USB review

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    As with the Terratec, we didn't see much difference when diversity mode was switched on, but having two tuners crammed into a single stick gives it a big tick on our approval register

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    HVR-4000 review

    HVR-4000 review

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    Why go for one broadcast standard when you can tote all four that are currently used in the UK? This all but ensures that anywhere you are in the country, you'll be able to scrounge some televisual joy.

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    DVB-T 300U USB 2.0 review

    DVB-T 300U USB 2.0 review

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    Alright, so this cheery little effort only has a single digital tuner, and admittedly it looks like something that just dropped off the underside of KITT, but look at the bright side - you can pick it up online for under 20 pounds.

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    Compro U500 review

    Compro U500 review

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    Considering this is described as thumb-sized, it's still bigger than the other tuner sticks on test here by a considerable margin. Still, if you ignore the size, and can live without using the bloody awful telescopic antenna, it's got some neat features.

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    Cinergy DT USB Diversity review

    Cinergy DT USB Diversity review

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    Diversity is the big noise in USB tuners, the theory being that two tuners can work in unison to provide a stronger signal. If the signal is fine, they can be corralled into recording one programme while you watch another

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    Cinergy 2400I DT review

    Cinergy 2400I DT review

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    We're glad this card packs dual tuners, especially through a single aerial input, but there are a few things we don't understand. First, it's based on the PCI-Express standard, which seems unnecessary.

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    AverTV Hybrid and FM Volar review

    AverTV Hybrid and FM Volar review

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    We haven't seen this much goodness crammed into a tiny package since we force-fed the PCF gerbil Tracker bars. In this diminutive and stylish little stick, you get support for both analogue and digital television and even a weeny FM radio.

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    WinTV-NOVA-TD (Diversity) review

    WinTV-NOVA-TD (Diversity) review

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    Hauppauge has produced a long line of PCI and USB Freeview TV tuners, each with incremental improvements in signal technology. However we're yet to see the results that we'd like

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    Miglia TVMax Plus review

    Miglia TVMax Plus review

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    With Apple TV now available to buy, what use is it to us in the UK, since our iTunes Store doesn't sell movies or TV shows? That's where Miglia's TVMax comes into play

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    Technisat SkyStar HD review

    Technisat SkyStar HD review

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    Established for around 10 years, DVB-S has been the de facto modulationstandard for broadcasting digitally by satellite. Technology has movedon, DVB-S has now been eclipsed by a more efficient variant

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    KWorld DVB-T 320U Hybrid TV Stick review

    KWorld DVB-T 320U Hybrid TV Stick review

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    If you like the idea of watching TV on your laptop, but your budget doesn't stretch to a Media Center machine, opting for an external TV card is a viable option. The 320U is a hybrid tuner, so you can watch standard terrestrial channels...

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    Terratec Cinergy DT USB XS Diversity review

    Terratec Cinergy DT USB XS Diversity review

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    The clever bods at Terratec have managed to cram not one but two DVB tuners into the case that housed the Cinergy Hybrid. If you've made the leap to digital TV, this will allow you to watch one programme while recording another one

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