Review Price £160.31
Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT - Design, Performance and Verdict
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.