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    HDTV Over the Air for your CarPC!!

    I got a Pinnacle PCTV HD USB 2.0 Pro Stick off ebay and decided to try it out and OMG... its amazing.

    http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSit...+Pro+Stick.htm

    Comes with a little rabbit ear type antenna but even with that, i can pick up like 10 channels here in LA area.

    I had no clue there were HD broadcasts over the air that you can pick up with any regular antenna. As long as you are in any major metropolitan area you should have a bunch of channels. You can check how many channels are broadcast in HD signal by going to titantv.com and filter for HD over the air.

    I have a car antenna which i never really used in the past with a built-in amplifier. As soon as I connected it to my carputer... i was simply baffled.
    I was getting high resolution TV in my car, just in time for NBA finals.

    One minor drawback is that the pinnacle media center program that comes with it is total crap. Eats up HUGE amounts of resource bc it does live pause, etc... so I used another program called watch hdtv which works really nice.

    Also, you can't watch TV when your car is moving. Now go out and get one!!!
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    OTA HD is mandated as part of the switch over to all digital by 2008/2009 some time. There are several open source DVR solutions which take advantage of this. Check out www.mythtv.org and www.mysettopbox.tv (knoppmyth). Knoppmyth is a one stop shopping DVR solution. I have one that's been running for about 2 years and it's got all the features of TiVo and more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahdib View Post
    I got a Pinnacle PCTV HD USB 2.0 Pro Stick off ebay and decided to try it out and OMG... its amazing.

    http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSit...+Pro+Stick.htm

    Comes with a little rabbit ear type antenna but even with that, i can pick up like 10 channels here in LA area.

    I had no clue there were HD broadcasts over the air that you can pick up with any regular antenna. As long as you are in any major metropolitan area you should have a bunch of channels. You can check how many channels are broadcast in HD signal by going to titantv.com and filter for HD over the air.

    I have a car antenna which i never really used in the past with a built-in amplifier. As soon as I connected it to my carputer... i was simply baffled.
    I was getting high resolution TV in my car, just in time for NBA finals.

    One minor drawback is that the pinnacle media center program that comes with it is total crap. Eats up HUGE amounts of resource bc it does live pause, etc... so I used another program called watch hdtv which works really nice.

    Also, you can't watch TV when your car is moving. Now go out and get one!!!

    Could you please provide a link to that watch hdtv software. I just bought that same tuner.

    Thank you,

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    here you go. Works great wiht the Pinnacle tuner http://watchhdtv.net/default.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by moahdib View Post
    Also, you can't watch TV when your car is moving. Now go out and get one!!!
    just wanna confirm that you can not watch tv while moving? Hard to justify the cost just to sit in my car and watch tv lol.
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    For those of you with tv in your car...when do you actually have the time to watch it? HD probably only works near the city, so you cant use it while on a long road trip. Or is this tv in the car thing just for the passengers and the cool factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    just wanna confirm that you can not watch tv while moving? Hard to justify the cost just to sit in my car and watch tv lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by moahdib View Post
    Also, you can't watch TV when your car is moving.
    Yup only when the car is stationary.

    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    For those of you with tv in your car...when do you actually have the time to watch it? HD probably only works near the city, so you cant use it while on a long road trip. Or is this tv in the car thing just for the passengers and the cool factor?
    Quote Originally Posted by moahdib View Post
    I was getting high resolution TV in my car, just in time for NBA finals.
    This is good while you are waiting to pickup your gf/mom/dad/kid/wife/sibblings .... and want to watch the game.
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    Haha, I really wanna get this, do you know if we can see how many channels we have in our area ?
    Im located in Montréal so maybe there's no free HD broadcasting yet.
    Just want 2 make sure it will worth the money... thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VmtSquad View Post
    Haha, I really wanna get this, do you know if we can see how many channels we have in our area ?
    Best place I know of to determine the coverage, would be http://www.antennaweb.org. I'm really not sure about how complete it is in canada, but it basically uses the broadcast strengths of each station to give you a list (and antenna direction) on a map.

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