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Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT - Design, Performance and Verdict

By Edward Chester



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You can also watch the stream on multiple computers at the same time, though you're limited by the total number of tuners – i.e. for one NetStream DTT you can have one tuner each for two computers. You can, however, have multiple NetStream DTT's on the same network and have multi-tuner joy on multiple computers. This isn't something we were able to test though.

Given there are no controls on the NetStream DTT and there's no other reason not to simply shove it behind your TV or in a cupboard, we wouldn't be that fussed if it were dog ugly and was built of cardboard. Thankfully, though, it is of higher quality than that. With dimensions of 118 x 118 x 24mm, it's nice and small and is very solidly put together with a nice simple silver finish. Just a single light on the front flashes green when on and orange with network activity - it isn't very noticeable or distracting.

There are only two obvious downsides to the NetStream DTT then, and they are its lack of inbuilt Wi-Fi and no support for Freeview HD. The former is somewhat annoying, but given that the vast majority of home broadband modems and routers have both Wi-Fi and wired networking capabilities it's a minor snafu, to our minds.

As for the lack of Freeview HD, well Elgato sneakily says the box supports Full HD playback broadcast over DVB-T (720p or 1080i HDTV, MPEG-2 as well as H.264/AVC), but as a foot note points out that Freeview HD isn't broadcast in this way, so the HD claim is rather null and void. This aside it's hardly something we can hold against the company. Yes it would be nice, but Freeview HD is only just becoming available and even then there's very limited HD content. We'd certainly want to see it in a future Netstream DTT HD version, but for now standard Freeview more than does the job.

Of course, one area where Elgato could've slipped up is in pricing and to a certain extent it has. At around £170, it's an expensive product, considering a standard dual tuner USB stick or expansion card is around £50 or less. As such it's certainly not something we'd recommend as a "kinda useful" buy for the general user. However, if you need such a service, it works very well and is still easy to recommend.


If you've been looking for an easy way to watch live local TV on your laptop or remote computer then look no further than the Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT. It is expensive, but if you're in need of such a product it's still well worth considering.

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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...


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.


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.


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.


July 30, 2010, 4:37 pm

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



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...


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?


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.


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



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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