This is a guest post by a tech geek name Ravishan who I met when I was working on a Telstra project last year.
Compro’s U100 aims to wrap a budget tuner in a fancy package.
The hardware in the U100 seems to be similar other budget tuners as the performance and quality seems to be identical to the AVLABs which uses a Realtek tuner as well.
The shape and design of the device is not unattractive but it’s not a modern look either. It would have been better if the unit was narrower as it takes up space of nearby USB ports. Compro have attempted to remedy this by providing a USB extension cable which was welcome as you can then place the device somewhere less conspicuous.
Driver installation of the device was smooth and trouble-free on Windows XP, Vista and 7. On XP, you would need to use the TV tuner software bundled with the device but on Vista and 7 the unit will happily work with Windows Media Center (WMC) which is miles ahead of the bundled TV software.
One definite plus point of the U100 is the included Media Centre compatible remote control, which worked seamlessly with WMC without fiddling with any settings.
On the whole the Compro U100 is a slightly better than average offering and if you don’t care for the Media Centre remote and use Vista or Windows 7 you could go with a cheaper generic tuner, however if you don’t mind paying an extra $30-40 for the remote this offering is reasonably attractive.
Melbourne, October 13th, 2009 – Telstra customers can now stream ™ (OS 3.1 and above) devices on the Next G™ network. iPhone customers with Telstra can now watch more than 30 Mobile FOXTEL channels in the palm of their hand using the latest in video encoding technology.
Freddie Jansen Van Nieuwenhuizen, Director, Telstra Product Management, said Telstra’s iPhone customers will be the first to experience the new video streaming via the Next G™ network, offering enhanced viewing quality and stereo sound to improve the Mobile FOXTEL experience.
“The iPhone is a logical first choice for delivering an improved Mobile TV experience. Generally, iPhone users are already accustomed to consuming a vast array of media on their devices. Mobile FOXTEL provides an opportunity for these customers to enjoy quality programming while on the go,” Freddie said.
“The power and reach of Telstra’s Next G™ network means you can watch channels like FOX 8, FOX Sports News TV, Fashion TV or MTV in more places. Combine this with the video-on-demand services available on BigPond TV, as well as V8 Supercars and horseracing video streaming from BigPond Sports, and you have a range of content to suit everyone’s tastes. Telstra iPhone customers can now receive the best that mobile TV has to offer,” he said.
The service improvements will not be limited to the iPhone, the capability will be rolled out progressively with a range of future Telstra Next G™ handsets over coming months.
“Downloading video or watching streamed content is becoming increasingly popular and according to a recent Sensis report, four in 10 Australians download video or watch streamed video content, up four percentage points in the past year. In addition, the report states more than one in four Australians now use a mobile phone to access the internet.
“Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm were the most popular times for people watching Mobile FOXTEL during September this year. Entertainment, music and kids programs are generally the highest rating, followed by news, and we expect with the improved quality streams, the usage will only continue to increase,” he said.
Patrick Delany, FOXTEL Executive Director Sales and Product agreed.
“The future of entertainment is about personalising the experience and putting consumers in control,” said Patrick.
“Personalising entertainment is the next frontier in television and FOXTEL is leading the way. A mobile phone is no longer just for making and receiving calls, it’s become a multimedia tool connecting users to the internet, email, music, FOXTEL’s programming, and even the FOXTEL iQ using the Online TV Guide and the Remote Record function.
“Making these services available to our subscribers with iPhones gives them even more ways to get the most from their FOXTEL service and the programs look great on the iPhone’s larger screen,” he said.
iPhone customers with Telstra can subscribe to the Mobile FOXTEL Ultimate Combo for $18 per month, with Mobile FOXTEL from Telstra 2 pack combo’s such as Kids and Entertainment available for $12 per month. Customers can also sample Mobile FOXTEL by purchasing a day pack for $4. Telstra Mobile TV services are unmetered, which means they can be viewed on a Next G™ mobile without incurring data charges. Services can be accessed by navigating to the BigPond Portal via the BigPond Mobile for iPhone Safari bookmark.
Read more at the Telstra Website.
Did you know that you can easily turn your LCD monitor into a TV, with or without a PC?
The Avermedia AVerTV DVI Box7 is all you need to do this and it turns your LCD into an multimedia entertainment center!
Watch TV with Channel Preview, color/edge enhancement, cutting- edge progressive scan technology and 3D-Motion adaptive de-interlace give you sharper images and 3:2/2:2 Pull-Down technology allows for better picture quality. Plug & Play external AVerTV DVI Box7 allows you to watch TV on any LCD and plasma with DVI and VGA* input.
*The Channel Preview function of AVerTV DVI Box7 can only continuously display the next consecutive TV channels.
Features of the Avermedia AVerTV DVI Box7 TV Tuner:
– Watch TV in your DVI & VGA* monitor
– Support resolution up to 1920×1200（PIP only support resolution up to 1680×1050 60Hz）
– Analog TV system : NTSC/ PAL/SECAM（Except SECAM-L）
– Transparent Picture-in-Picture
– 16:9/16:10 wide screen
– Picture Pause
– Color/Edge enhancement
– Auto power off
Specifications of the AVerTV DVI Box7 TV Tuner:
Audio（Earphone & Speaker）
Package of the AVerTV DVI Box7 TV Tuner Includes:
– AVerTV DVI Box7
– Vertical Stand
– Remote Control (Batteries Included)
– Power Adapter
– DVI-D Cable
– Audio Cable
– User Manual
Compro have just launched their latest TV box in Australia, called the Compro VideoMate W800F D/A TV box. It’s the easy way to enjoy your favorite D/A TV shows, listen to FM radio, and playback video/audio on your PC monitor!
The Compro VideoMate W800F is a ultra high-resolution external hybrid TV/FM box for 1920 x 1200 and 1920 x 1080 resolutions TV watching for all kinds of CRT/LCD/PDP monitors
Now this TV tuner card definitely had TV addicts in mind…ok ok let’s call them avid entertainment specialists for political correctness.
The Compro VideoMate E700 is a dual digital TV tuner card that connects to the inside of your PC via a high bandwidth PCI Express interface. This brings even clearer digital terrestrial TV broadcasts to your desktop PC, and turns your computer into a home entertainment centre by bringing digital TV viewing and personal digital video recording (PVR) capabilities.
With the bundled Compro exclusive ComproDTV 2 software, you can watch up to 4 digital TV programs at the same time, set flexible scheduled recording, play recorded files, timeshift live TV, channel surf and capture still frames of your TV and support the all-new Picture in/out Picture. It can also allow you to watch live TV and playback video files and let you open up to 2 main channels and 2 sub channel windows at the same time; edit channel order and my favorite channel list for more easy-to-use; Video on Desktop to set the live TV screen as wallpaper, customize brightness, hue, saturation, contrast, sharpness and audio properties in every channel.
In addition, the Compro VideoMate E700 comes bundled with ComproDVD 2 and Ulead PhotoExplorer 8.5 SE software for watching DVDâ€™s and managing your multimedia files, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4 SE for DVD authoring. With the remote control, the VideoMate E700 TV card is undoubtedly your best choice for your computer.
Available for a bargain price, this is a superbly powerful solution and would do a great job of forming the basis of a modern media PC. While not currently as convenient as more expensive, dedicated PVRs, you get more features with a PC-based solution and it’s certainly heading in the right direction.
For just over $100 you can turn that boring ol’ PC of yours into a whizz-bang home entertainment centre! How so? With the feature-rich Compro VideoMate T750 TV Tuner Card of course! (Vista ready)
The Compro VideoMate T750 TV Tuner Card is a dual PCI DVB-T and analog TV/FM tuner card, which brings high quality digital terrestrial TV and universal analog TV/FM broadcasts to your desktop PC, and turns your computer into a home entertainment center by bringing digital/analog TV viewing, video/audio capturing, and personal digital video recording (PVR) capabilities.
It may look like a scary gadget, but it’s really really easy to setup. Just open your computer case (power off) and slot the card into a free PCI slot. Close the cover, power up, install the software and that’s it!
Features of the Compro VideoMate T750 TV Tuner Card:
With the Elgato EyeTV Diversity TV Tuner enjoy superior free-to-view digital TV (DTT, or Freeview) reception on your Mac deep indoors, in weak coverage areas, and on the move at speeds up to 160 km/h, all thanks to EyeTV Diversityâ€™s revolutionary antenna diversity technology.
In Diversity mode, the two integrated tuners are set to the same frequency. Elgato EyeTV Diversity TV Tuner contains a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), which uses information from both tuners to generate the best signal possible.
In Dual-Tuner mode, EyeTV Diversity becomes two conventional digital TV receivers in one, enabling you to watch one TV show and record another simultaneously.
Features of the Elgato EyeTV Diversity TV Tuner
* Receives free-to-view digital TV
* Two TV tuners in one small USB stick
* Watch and record two live TV shows simultaneously
* Watch two different TV shows at the same time Picture-in-Picture (PiP)
* Switch to â€œDiversity Modeâ€ for superior reception indoors and in weak coverage areas
If you want a cheap TV tuner solution for your laptop or PC check out the ASUS MyCinema U3000 Mini USB TV Tuner Stick. It’s decently price with standard TV tuner features that can fit easily in your laptop bag when not in use.
The ASUS Eee is still my fave ASUS gadget at the moment though…
Features of Asus MyCinema U3000 Mini USB TV Tuner
– Watch and record digital TV programs (DVB-T free-to-air) on PC or notebook
– Never miss your favorite TV show again
* Time Shifting function for temporary leave
* Manually schedule recording
* One-touch recording from EPG
– Compact design for easy portability
– MCE and Windows XP supported
– A LED light further indicates signal strength for quick operation status recognition
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