Pinnacle has announced a new USB HDTV tuner stick for the PC. The device is about the size of a flash drive and is called the Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick and a HD Pro Stick is available as well. Both devices can support HD resolutions up to 1080i and only require connection to a USB port.
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The tuners utilize ClearQAM tuners to OTA HD programs. Both sticks are compatible with Windows Vista and XP MCE. The small tuners are ideal for users looking for mobile TV viewing. The HD Pro stick adds the ability to view current analog programs, has a FM tuner and can receive signals from a cable or satellite box and camcorders. The HD Stick sells for $69.99 and the HD Stick Pro sells for $99.99.
“With the February 17th, 2009 shut down of analog television approaching, users are considering cost-effective alternatives to paying for cable and satellite TV or buying a new HD TV,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Pinnacle Systems Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “At just $99 U.S., the new PCTV HD Pro Stick can provide consumers with savings of up to $1,000 on their subscription fees and it even works as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). All you need is your laptop or desktop computer.”
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