USB TV tuner for laptop

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I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with Toshiba
Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear USB2/Firewire combo PC
card to it. Thanks for any advice.
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is
    very similar.

    jimbo

    leo wrote:
    > I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with Toshiba
    > Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear USB2/Firewire combo PC
    > card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the ATI
    model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).

    The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is video
    only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is supposed
    to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem here is that
    virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a microphone jack won't
    work unless you make (on your own) a suitable attenuator.

    The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream
    coming in through the USB interface.

    However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use,
    but I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a USB
    1.0 interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage
    product also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.


    jimbo wrote:
    > Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    > which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is very
    > similar.
    >
    > jimbo
    >
    > leo wrote:
    >
    >> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    The current Hauppage is USB2.0, and it has an audio input port.

    http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvrusb2.html

    jimbo

    Barry Watzman wrote:

    > Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the ATI
    > model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).
    >
    > The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is video
    > only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is supposed
    > to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem here is that
    > virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a microphone jack won't
    > work unless you make (on your own) a suitable attenuator.
    >
    > The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream
    > coming in through the USB interface.
    >
    > However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    > desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use,
    > but I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a USB
    > 1.0 interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage
    > product also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.
    >
    >
    > jimbo wrote:
    >
    >> Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    >> which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is
    >> very similar.
    >>
    >> jimbo
    >>
    >> leo wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>
  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    I have the Hauppage WinTV and agree, the quality is not too good and the
    audio does not go thru the USB and you need to go to the line in. They have
    a driver update that is supposed to work, sometimes does on one laptop and
    did not on a desktop I had.

    "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:415F1E2A.10807@neo.rr.com...
    > Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the ATI
    > model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).
    >
    > The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is video
    > only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is supposed
    > to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem here is that
    > virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a microphone jack won't
    > work unless you make (on your own) a suitable attenuator.
    >
    > The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream coming
    > in through the USB interface.
    >
    > However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    > desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use, but
    > I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a USB 1.0
    > interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage product
    > also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.
    >
    >
    > jimbo wrote:
    >> Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250 which
    >> is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is very
    >> similar.
    >>
    >> jimbo
    >>
    >> leo wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear USB2/Firewire
    >>> combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    I have a Hauppauge that does provide sound through the usb 1.1 port. The
    picture is so so and the sound is mono. I also have an MSI VOX usb 2 that
    requires a separate cord for sound. Picture quality is better, and it comes
    with a remote. Unfortunately the remote won't work when the card is powered
    by my laptop and the power jack takes so small a barrel, I haven't found an
    external supply for it yet.
    I recently read on one of the PC Mag sites that ATI has a new usb 2 unit
    out.
    Terry

    "John Poutré" <jfp14news@cox.net> wrote in message
    news:HBH7d.32811$7k.147@okepread05...
    >I have the Hauppage WinTV and agree, the quality is not too good and the
    >audio does not go thru the USB and you need to go to the line in. They
    >have a driver update that is supposed to work, sometimes does on one laptop
    >and did not on a desktop I had.
    >
    > "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
    > news:415F1E2A.10807@neo.rr.com...
    >> Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the ATI
    >> model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).
    >>
    >> The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is video
    >> only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is supposed
    >> to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem here is that
    >> virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a microphone jack won't
    >> work unless you make (on your own) a suitable attenuator.
    >>
    >> The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream
    >> coming in through the USB interface.
    >>
    >> However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    >> desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use, but
    >> I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a USB 1.0
    >> interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage product
    >> also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.
    >>
    >>
    >> jimbo wrote:
    >>> Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    >>> which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is very
    >>> similar.
    >>>
    >>> jimbo
    >>>
    >>> leo wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>>
    >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Everyone that has an unsatisfactory USB unit should check out the
    CURRENT Hauppage WinTV-PVR-USB.

    http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvrusb2.html

    It has USB 2.0 and the sound appears to be stereo, if you look at the
    image of the unit, there are Left and Right audio ports.

    jimbo


    jimbo wrote:
    > The current Hauppage is USB2.0, and it has an audio input port.
    >
    > http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvrusb2.html
    >
    > jimbo
    >
    > Barry Watzman wrote:
    >
    >> Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the
    >> ATI model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).
    >>
    >> The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is
    >> video only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is
    >> supposed to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem
    >> here is that virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a
    >> microphone jack won't work unless you make (on your own) a suitable
    >> attenuator.
    >>
    >> The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream
    >> coming in through the USB interface.
    >>
    >> However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    >> desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use,
    >> but I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a
    >> USB 1.0 interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage
    >> product also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.
    >>
    >>
    >> jimbo wrote:
    >>
    >>> Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    >>> which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is
    >>> very similar.
    >>>
    >>> jimbo
    >>>
    >>> leo wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>>
  7. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    I have a hauppage USB too and it sux.

    On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 21:28:49 GMT, Barry Watzman
    <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote:

    >Hauppage and ATI both make USB TV tuners (actually, I think that the ATI
    >model is discontinue, but they are available on E-Bay).
    >
    >The problem with the Hauppage unit is that the USB data stream is video
    >only. Sound comes out separately through an audio plug that is supposed
    >to go to the laptop's "line in" jack. The obvious problem here is that
    >virtually no laptops HAVE "line in" jacks, and a microphone jack won't
    >work unless you make (on your own) a suitable attenuator.
    >
    >The ATI product, in contrast, has a complete integrated data stream
    >coming in through the USB interface.
    >
    >However, the picture quality of the ATI product is not on a par with
    >desktop PCI tuner cards. I haven't seen the Hauppage product in use,
    >but I suspect that it suffers from the same problem. The fact is, a USB
    >1.0 interface (which the ATI product is, and I think the Hauppage
    >product also) is just not quite fast enough for a truly good TV image.
    >
    >
    >jimbo wrote:
    >> Check out Hauppage. They have a USB model. I have the WinTV-PVR-250
    >> which is a PCI device for my desktop. I think the WinTV-PVR-USB is very
    >> similar.
    >>
    >> jimbo
    >>
    >> leo wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>
  8. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    leo wrote:
    > I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with Toshiba
    > Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear USB2/Firewire combo PC
    > card to it. Thanks for any advice.

    USB is a really poor transport for audio/video. Firewire would be
    better, but I don't see much in the way of firewire tuners these days. I
    would go with cardbus instead, like Avermedia or Animation Technologies:

    http://www.avermedia.com/cgi-bin/products_tvtuner_avertvCardBus.asp

    http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus.htm

    --
    -- Howard Chu
    Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director, Highland Sun
    http://www.symas.com http://highlandsun.com/hyc
    Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support
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    Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in
    news:84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com:

    > leo wrote:
    >> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >
    > USB is a really poor transport for audio/video. Firewire would be
    > better, but I don't see much in the way of firewire tuners these days.
    > I would go with cardbus instead, like Avermedia or Animation
    > Technologies:
    >
    > http://www.avermedia.com/cgi-bin/products_tvtuner_avertvCardBus.asp
    >
    > http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus
    > .htm
    >
    The original poster mentioned USB2, not just USB. And USB2 works
    fabulous for external TV tuners. I'm running Pinnacle PCTV USB2, albeit
    on a builtin USB2 interface of Acer TM8005. But that particular model
    may not work for Leo because it is bus-powered, i.e. power is provided by
    USB/USB2. As far as I know, in general PC Cards do not provide power to
    USB or Firewire connectors they carry. There are exceptions, of course,
    where you can plug external power adaptor into PC Card and thus make
    USB/Firewire connectors powered. I saw a couple of cards from different
    vendors that do this.
    The solution is to search for external USB2 tuner that comes with power
    adaptor.

    Alexei
  10. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Alexei Boukirev wrote:
    > Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in
    > news:84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com:
    >
    >> leo wrote:
    >>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>
    >> USB is a really poor transport for audio/video. Firewire would be
    >> better, but I don't see much in the way of firewire tuners these
    >> days. I would go with cardbus instead, like Avermedia or Animation
    >> Technologies:
    >>
    >> http://www.avermedia.com/cgi-bin/products_tvtuner_avertvCardBus.asp
    >>
    >> http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus
    >> .htm
    >>
    > The original poster mentioned USB2, not just USB. And USB2 works
    > fabulous for external TV tuners. I'm running Pinnacle PCTV USB2,
    > albeit on a builtin USB2 interface of Acer TM8005. But that
    > particular model may not work for Leo because it is bus-powered, i.e.
    > power is provided by USB/USB2. As far as I know, in general PC Cards
    > do not provide power to USB or Firewire connectors they carry. There
    > are exceptions, of course, where you can plug external power adaptor
    > into PC Card and thus make USB/Firewire connectors powered. I saw a
    > couple of cards from different vendors that do this.
    > The solution is to search for external USB2 tuner that comes with
    > power adaptor.
    >
    That sounds kludgy...as is this solution: a powered USB hub. Plug the hub
    into the PC card USB port, then plug the tuner into that. OTOH, why don't
    PCMCIA cards carry power? It's available on the PC port....

    jak

    > Alexei
  11. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in message news:<84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com>...
    > leo wrote:
    > > I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with Toshiba
    > > Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear USB2/Firewire combo PC
    > > card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >
    > USB is a really poor transport for audio/video. Firewire would be
    > better, but I don't see much in the way of firewire tuners these days. I
    > would go with cardbus instead, like Avermedia or Animation Technologies:
    >
    > http://www.avermedia.com/cgi-bin/products_tvtuner_avertvCardBus.asp
    >
    > http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus.htm

    Anyone know of HTDV cardbus tuners? Seems kind of pointless to buy an
    NTSC analog tuner card at this point (considering how much better
    performance you'll get with a digital signal and the same antenna). I
    did see that one of the two you mentioned had a digital tuner, but
    since it didn't say "ATSC" I have to assume it doesn't work with US
    terrestrial OTA HD broadcasts.

    Cheers
    S. Austin
  12. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Greetings,

    I've been looking for a PCMCIA TV solution for a little while. I saw
    the AverTV, and this LifeView looks nice. The problem is, I can't
    find anywhere to buy them in the US. Does anyone know where in the US
    either of these cards are sold?

    Cheers,

    Keirmeister


    On Tue, 5 Oct 2004 17:57:50 -0500, "jakdedert" <jdedert@bellsouth.net>
    wrote:

    >Alexei Boukirev wrote:
    >> Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in
    >> news:84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com:
    >>
    >>> leo wrote:
    >>>> I am looking for a TV tuner with good picture quality for use with
    >>>> Toshiba Satelite with 1.2GHz Celron. I am adding an IOGear
    >>>> USB2/Firewire combo PC card to it. Thanks for any advice.
    >>>
    >>> USB is a really poor transport for audio/video. Firewire would be
    >>> better, but I don't see much in the way of firewire tuners these
    >>> days. I would go with cardbus instead, like Avermedia or Animation
    >>> Technologies:
    >>>
    >>> http://www.avermedia.com/cgi-bin/products_tvtuner_avertvCardBus.asp
    >>>
    >>> http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus
    >>> .htm
    >>>
    >> The original poster mentioned USB2, not just USB. And USB2 works
    >> fabulous for external TV tuners. I'm running Pinnacle PCTV USB2,
    >> albeit on a builtin USB2 interface of Acer TM8005. But that
    >> particular model may not work for Leo because it is bus-powered, i.e.
    >> power is provided by USB/USB2. As far as I know, in general PC Cards
    >> do not provide power to USB or Firewire connectors they carry. There
    >> are exceptions, of course, where you can plug external power adaptor
    >> into PC Card and thus make USB/Firewire connectors powered. I saw a
    >> couple of cards from different vendors that do this.
    >> The solution is to search for external USB2 tuner that comes with
    >> power adaptor.
    >>
    >That sounds kludgy...as is this solution: a powered USB hub. Plug the hub
    >into the PC card USB port, then plug the tuner into that. OTOH, why don't
    >PCMCIA cards carry power? It's available on the PC port....
    >
    >jak
    >
    >> Alexei
    >
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    S Austin wrote:
    > Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in message news:<84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com>...

    >>http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus.htm

    > Anyone know of HTDV cardbus tuners? Seems kind of pointless to buy an
    > NTSC analog tuner card at this point (considering how much better
    > performance you'll get with a digital signal and the same antenna). I
    > did see that one of the two you mentioned had a digital tuner, but
    > since it didn't say "ATSC" I have to assume it doesn't work with US
    > terrestrial OTA HD broadcasts.

    I emailed the Lifeview folks at their US office (www.lifeview.com) and
    got this answer:

    Thanks for your interest in our products. The cardbus product will be
    avail in Nov. You may check our Web store in Nov. The ATSC will be
    available in the next year.

    So, nothing for the US for now, but it sounds like it will be available
    pretty soon.
    --
    -- Howard Chu
    Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director, Highland Sun
    http://www.symas.com http://highlandsun.com/hyc
    Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support
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    Howard Chu wrote:

    > S Austin wrote:
    >> Howard Chu <xyz.hyc@highlandsun.com> wrote in message
    >> news:<84WdnUfynrx85__cRVn-tg@comcast.com>...
    >
    >>>http://www.lifeview.com.tw/html/products/cardbus_tv/flydvbt_duo_cardbus.htm
    >
    >> Anyone know of HTDV cardbus tuners? Seems kind of pointless to buy an
    >> NTSC analog tuner card at this point (considering how much better
    >> performance you'll get with a digital signal and the same antenna). I
    >> did see that one of the two you mentioned had a digital tuner, but
    >> since it didn't say "ATSC" I have to assume it doesn't work with US
    >> terrestrial OTA HD broadcasts.
    >
    > I emailed the Lifeview folks at their US office (www.lifeview.com) and
    > got this answer:
    >
    > Thanks for your interest in our products. The cardbus product will be
    > avail in Nov. You may check our Web store in Nov. The ATSC will be
    > available in the next year.
    >
    > So, nothing for the US for now, but it sounds like it will be available
    > pretty soon.

    Coming late to the thread, take a look at the SASEM OnAir USB. USB 2 may
    not be the ideal transport but it works adequately.

    But don't count on that "how much better performance you'll get with a
    digital signal and the same antenna". If the broadcasters transmitted
    digital at the same power levels as analog and if digital degraded
    gracefully then it would be a slam-dunk but they're typically transmitting
    digital at a tenth or less the power of their analog signal and ATSC
    Digital seems to be horribly susceptible to multipath interference, with
    the result being that in many localities a quite elaborate antenna system
    is required to receive digital where simple rabbit ears work for analog.

    --
    --John
    Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
    (was jclarke at eye bee em dot net)
  15. I made the mistake of buying and Acer Aspire 5253 with Win7_64 which has only a 1.gHz processor (C50) speed .The low processor speed is the problem with USB TV Tuners ,
    I was convinced of this after live chat with the ACER support team.
    I tried four brand names including all mentioned above without success. ( at some $ lost) to find out READ THE SPECS before you buy .
    All the USB TV Tuner makers recommend a minimum processor speed of 2.gHz + .

    All these lower cost processors cannot decode the video graphic fast enough and sync the audio.
    Perhaps an external TV Tuner box would be required .

    roma
  16. eh...

    This thread is so old. It is from Netburst era.

    But roma_04. Did you try enabling DXVA?
  17. Pyree

    Believe I tried everything I could find including the latest drivers.
    I already have a Hauppage card in my desktop Dell Inspiron with Windows XP ( Vista originally) and it works very nicely.
    Too bad I lost the Windows Media Center when I downgraded I am looking around for a free one

    roma
  18. 2.g GHz plus, for P4 right? CPU with lower clock can beat that old CPU in performance. CPU is not just about Ghz.

    I just really don't see why a modern cpu capable of handling 1080p .264 video cannot handle tv stream,
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