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Summary

Our Score:

8

IPTV, the ability to get TV programs over the Internet or your home network, has moved on leaps and bounds recently. With all the major TV channels providing catchup services like the BBC's iPlayer and Channel 4's 4oD, it's never been easier to keep up with all your favourite shows. Likewise, services such as Apple's iTunes, and LoveFilm's download service mean you can now buy or rent downloadable films very easily. However, what if you simply want to watch what's on telly right now on your laptop – if you're down the bottom of the garden, say, or in a room without an aerial socket? That's where the Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT comes in.

This tiny little silver box takes a feed from your aerial then spews it back out to your home network. Just plug in the mains, aerial and network connections and the box is setup and running. To then get a feed on your computer you simply install the driver and you can then use the provided software to watch the feed or install the Windows Media Center plugin to watch it through that interface.

The provided software is actually made by Terratec and is called simply 'HomeCinema'. It lets you configure all manner of settings including recording format, timeshift buffer, recording location and which sound device to use, and has various plugins for accessing EPGs and internet streaming services. It's simple enough and seemed reasonably stable but it's rather inelegant and, primarily due to trying to do too much at once, somewhat unintuitive.

On the other hand, the Windows Media Center plugin works a charm. The software sees the NetStream DTT as just another dual-tuner so once installed you simply go the TV setup tab and start tuning the channels. Once done, head to the TV section and start watching.

All the usual Media Center features are fully integrated so you can watch, pause, rewind, and fast forward one channel all while recording another, or simply record two channels at once. You also get all the slick menu overlays, the EPG options and everything else that makes Media Center so great to use.

Quality is very good whichever method you choose to watch the stream. It's probably not comparable to the best dedicated TVs, but motion is smooth, doesn't look overly blocky or compressed, and audio and video syncing is spot on. Certainly for watching on a computer, it's absolutely fine.

MrHorizontal

July 30, 2010, 3:27 pm

Does look interesting, but no HD :(





Another alternative for HD freaks is for those with an HTPC or Macmini under the telly (like me), I'm thinking of the Hauppage HD-PVR via component to my V+ box and linking that to EyeTV on the mac and then streaming that - VLC has a plugin to EyeTV so you can either use EyeTV's builtin sharing options or VLC's streaming options...

kingosticks

July 30, 2010, 3:37 pm

If you just want to watch live TV on your laptop and you're not too fussy about picture quality and want to save £170, you could use tvcatchup instead. If this supported HD (and was less than £170) I'd love it.

CraigD

July 30, 2010, 3:42 pm

I've wanted a simple product for this purpose for some time but at £150+ when the world is going hd seems way to pricey for my needs. A cool product though and hopefully a more competitive priced competitor will follow.





on another note I'm surprised to see it appear to have an rf loop through so will need to be in a room with it's own aeriel outlet or more likely sit next to splitter box which would detract from it's small footprint.

Kimbie

July 30, 2010, 4:25 pm

Its not that it doesn't support Freeview HD, its that it doesn't support the UK version.





For whatever reason we are using DVB-T2 for our Freeview HD where as the rest of the world is using DVB-T.

Malderon

July 30, 2010, 4:37 pm

Sorry for the double post: link in previous post is wrong.





http://www.engadget.com/2008/0...


http://hd.engadget.com/2008/10...





As i said above, I havent got one of these myself (just the slingplayer regulare) but seems to be able to stream up to 1080i, as long as can connect via component (those with gen1 SkyHD box are in luck)





For sale at Expansys £190 http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx...

ffrankmccaffery

July 30, 2010, 8:56 pm

The name of the device got me all excited until i realized it did the reverse of what I actually wanted it to. Anyone know how to get Justin.tv or Ustream.tv onto their TV's?

scipio

July 31, 2010, 12:42 am

@ffrankmccaffery - you need something like the Sling Media Slingcatcher (a sort of reverse slingbox) which can stream internet content and media files over the network to your TV.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sling-...





Frankly, as this isn't wifi enabled and SD only, the SiliconDust HDHomeRun is probably a better bet and also works seamlessly with Media Center.

Geoff Richards

July 31, 2010, 3:45 am

For reference, here is our review of the Sling Media SlingCatcher


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

ffrankmccaffery

July 31, 2010, 4:27 am

@scipio and @Geoff: Thanks for the replies, both are not only appreciated but helpful too. The Slingbox looks interesting particularly the option to fit the video window to the screen of your TV.

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