We’ve been big fans of Technisat’s previous two set-top box efforts for both Freesat and Freeview HD, so our interest was piqued by news of the Technisat SkyStar USB HD, which will enable you to watch and record Freesat HD content directly on a Windows 7 PC.
The SkyStar USB HD is not an official Freesat product, but does contain the crucial DVB-S2 receiver, so to view just add a satellite connection, and plug into your computer via USB and install the supplied drivers. You'll be able to access the same channels that are available on Freesat, but you won't have access to its EPG.
As well as being able to timeshift your satellite programmes the package also includes EVE v2 software for editing your shows, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Technisat said that the SkyStar USB HD works seamlessly with Windows Media Center under Windows 7, so if you’re putting together a media PC this could be an ideal solution.
For a bit of extra appeal, Technisat said that 3D services can be picked up by tuning into the Astra 3D demo channel on Astra 23.5º East. If you don’t have a 3D TV, you can even download a software extension that will enable the content to be viewed on a standard PC monitor using just a pair of red/cyan anaglyph glasses. We don’t imagine that this is much cop, but we’d try it out for fun at least.
The Technisat SkyStar USB HD is available now from Amazon UK for £66.80.