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  Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner 
 
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G. G. Jul 12, 2007, 10:09pm EDT Report Abuse
Have anyone here used one or seen one in action before? How well does it work?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8040817&st=P...7068455221


BestBuy = 129.99 retail - 50.00 instant = $79.99

Circuit City = 129.99 retail (regular price)

BUT............


Go over to Circuit City brick and mortar store and get them to match + 10% of the difference.

129.99 retail ----> match to 79.99 less 5.00 (10% of difference) = at register cost of $74.99


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Lou Bot Jul 12, 2007, 11:40pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner
I have used it on my laptop GG. It gets over-the-air HD broadcasts, though you have to keep the antenna close to a window; the reception stars going downhill once you moving away from the window. the antenna is collaspable and has a magent base....kinda remind me of a CB antenna. The picture quality is good...didnt play with the software settings that much. The coax cable is not very long. The tuner plugs into your USB and at the end of it is the cable jack. You have to register over teh Internet to install or update the software. I have not used the remote. Basically bought it for a week and returned it to Best Buy; I paid $100.00 for it when it was on sale. So any price under 100 is a good deal.

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Mike L. Jul 12, 2007, 11:41pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner
That's pretty damn cool actually. I like that.

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G. G. Jul 12, 2007, 11:53pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner
Thanks Lou,

I actually bought it tonight at circuit city for 74.99 after I got them to do there price match policy. I just wanted to find out if anyone here has tried it before busting through those stupid plastic blister packet that you have to cut and get cut up yourself in the process and then never in hell get it back in.. hahaha.... if it was not good then I could just return it untouched.

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Lou Bot Jul 13, 2007, 07:59am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner
Yah I hate how products are packaged these days; the Pinnacle Pro Stick is no exception. You would think if they sealed something in hard plastic, they would make it easy for you to open it up.

I was thinking of getting the Pinnacle Pro Stick since I can use it b/w my laptop and computer. I have the ATI Wonder HDTV but it is acting flakey and the new MMC software is crap. Have you ever heard of Hauppauge they make tuner cards...do you know if they are any good?

I was looking at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116624

it might be big but i can use it b/w my laptop and PC

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2GB PC4000 2.5-3-3-8 2T
2xBFG 7800GTX 256MB (91.31)
2xRaptor74RAID0
Enermax EG651P-VE 24P & CS-718
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G. G. Jul 13, 2007, 11:17am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Pinnacle Systems PCTV HD Pro Stick USB 2.0 TV Tuner
Lou,

I too have the ATI Wonder HDTV (the triangle shaped box, remote, and comes with digital antenna) in my desktop. It works great for me. But i am using MMC 9.08 version.

Between Pinnacle Pro Stick or Hauppauge version in your link (yes I have heard of this brand along with ATI's but never used them)........ I would choose the Pinnacle due to size and especially if you are going to use it with your laptop. The Hauppauge looks huge, the remote is huge, and it comes with a separate AC adpater. All this size is a negative if you are going to carry it along with your laptop. If it is strictly for the desktop then it might be ok. So in this area, size is important when it comes to the laptop.

I havent used either brand before so I dont know how well they work or how well or junkie the software that comes with them. This will be my first try with Pinnacle if I decide to bust open the blister pack.

ATI has announced they are coming out with a digital usb stick like the Pinnacle Pro Stick and it is going to cost the same ~130.00

http://www.hothardware.com/Articles/ATI_TV_Wonder_600_USB/

The reason I went ahead and picked up the Pinnacle is due to price. 130.00 buck retail is just a bit high for either one. So if you are looking to get one, you might wanna pickup on from Best Buy now while it is on sale and if you dont want to keep it you could always take it back. This sale ends tomorrow Sat July14th. Or you can do what I did and have Circuit city do the price matching policy and save another 5 bucks.

I have always used ATI products when it comes to TV.... most of all AIW series, ATI wonder HDTV, and USB Wonder TV. All have worked great for me. Trying Pinnacle will be the first for me going outside of ATI.

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