A new generation of USB HD TV tuners complete with built in recorder has been launched by Pinnacle the consumer division of Avid Technology.
The HD mini Stick are the smallest TV sticks on the market and are capable of delivering high reception sensitivity the Company claims. They come with new integrated signal booster technology that enables them to pick up digital TV even if the signal is weak.
They also come with built in recording software as well as a mini remote control and a high-gain telescopic TV antenna and a travel bag. The devices support digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM) for SDTV and HDTV with resolutions of up to 1080i.
Easy to install and use, the mini sticks are activated by simply connecting them to a computer’s USB 2.0 port or a TV antena port on an existing TV antenna or the included telescopic antenna.
Once connected, the new TV tuners instantly turn a PC or Mac into a personal video recorder (PVR) with timeshifting capabilities that enable users to record, pause or rewind live TV. Users can also schedule recordings from TitanTV.com, a free Internet-based Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) so that they don’t miss their favorite programs. Live and recorded programs can be viewed in full-screen mode or in a scalable window while using other computer applications.