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  • Coby Digital Mobile TV

    So I picked up a Coby Digital Mobile TV reciever over the weekend. Find them here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Coby-TV-Receiv.../dp/B003TJVP80



    Some initial thoughts.

    Packaging and instructions are good. Comes with a extendable whip antenna which can be swapped with a magnetic mount flexible antenna (perfect for the car). Load the software, connect to an available USB port and away you go. Comes with a VERY basic tuner/PVR program.

    SIGNAL STRENGTH, SIGNAL STRENGTH, SIGNAL STRENGTH! That's the only thing that matters. Digital mobile TV signals are no more or less powerful than regular digital TV, but you're going to be working with (typically) a MUCH smaller antenna, so your effective range from the transmitter is going to be reduced. No exceptions, that's just the way it is.

    The good news (with a strong signal): Picture quality and sound are outstanding at any speed. Rock solid regardless of direction relative to the transmitter. I have tested a LOT of broadcast TV solutions in the car and this is (not surprisingly) the BEST. If you have Digital Mobile TV available in your area, and typically drive in areas fairly close to the metro area, you will be very pleased.

    The bad news: It's going to be pretty much impossible to integrate this into a frontend in any effective way. The device (as far as I can tell) does not use DirectShow and does not show up as any kind of TV Tuner, USB video source or video crossbar device. I've not had any success busting open the exe and dlls either.

    This is one of the very first devices out on the market, so availability, pricing and API support may change as other manufacturers enter the field. I spoke with the Hauppage rep at CES2011 about their offering and he suggested that a SDK might be available when ( or if) it was released for retail sale.

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy

  • #2
    Hey VegasGuy,
    I think Hauppauge has already released their version. It looks like it supports ATSC M/H and Legacy ATSC!! Since it is cheaper than the Colby I'll be buying off their website. Hopefully you can get your hands on one with SDK and cook something up for our CarPCs!

    http://hauppauge.com/site/products/data_aero-m.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by audballz View Post
      Hey VegasGuy,
      I think Hauppauge has already released their version. It looks like it supports ATSC M/H and Legacy ATSC!! Since it is cheaper than the Colby I'll be buying off their website. Hopefully you can get your hands on one with SDK and cook something up for our CarPCs!

      http://hauppauge.com/site/products/data_aero-m.html
      Sold! Uhh....I mean I ordered one too. As for a plugin, it's kind of a good news/good news situation....expecially compared to the Coby. Hauppauge has a .net SDK for thier tuner apps which they make available after you jump through some legal hoops. I've requested a copy and we'll see where that goes. Regardless of that outcome, thier modern tuner components comply with the guidelines set forth in the Windows SDK, with regards to device recognition, capabilities enumerations and control access. What that means is that if Media Center can recognize the device as a valid tuner, then you ought to be able to write an app to access and control the device.

      I'll post up here and on the Centrafuse forums (that's where I live) once I get the device and see what I can do.

      Cheers!

      VegasGuy

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      • #4
        Did you ever get your order? I haven't. I called them and said there was a delay which is now posted on their website. I didn't see that when I ordered it though.

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        • #5
          Nevermind it finally came!!

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