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eVGA inDTube ATSC/NTSC USB TV Tuner Stick 100-U2-IDTV-A1

  • ATSC/NSTC Hybrid Tuner
  • S-Video/RCA Inputs
  • Neoprene Case
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Watch TV anywhere you have a computer with eVGA's inDTube USB tuner. This portable TV tuner plugs into a USB 2.0 port and provides subscription fee free HDTV. The hybrid tuner can handle both ATSC and NTSC transmissions. There is also an AV in adapter so you can play or record from your VCR, camcorder or a DVD player.

The included software had DVR functionality that lets you record to your computer's hard drive. You also get an electronic program guide and scheduled recording so you don't have to be there to record your favorite program. Even when you are on the road you can always catch your favorite show.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV on Your Computer The eVGA inDTube turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV and digital ATSC (up to 1080i/720p), complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Portable Design The sleek, compact eVGA inDTube is fully powered via USB without the need for a power cord or a bulky power adapter for the ultimate portability.
  • newegg Time Shifting Function With the Time Shifting feature, pause or rewind shows, or skip scenes when watching live TV.
  • newegg Easy Operation with Remote Control A multi-function remote control is provided so you can access every feature simply at the press of a button.

Learn more about the EVGA 100-U2-IDTV-A1

Model

Brand
eVGA
Model
100-U2-IDTV-A1

General

Type
USB TV Tuner Stick
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
Watch live high quality digital HD and SD TV on your Desktop
Watch live high quality digital HD and SD TV without service
fees from anywhere on your laptop
Remote control access
NTSC/ATSC Hybrid Tuner
DVR function
Time-Shifting function
Scheduled Recording
EPG
Support for Microsoft Media Center Edition environment

Specifications

Video System
ATSC (HDTV up to 1080i over the air, SDTV)
NTSC (cable, over the air)
Ports In
TV antenna/Cable input (MCX-connector/Adapter to F-Connector)
Ports Out
S-Video (via included AV-In Cable)
Composite Video (RCA, via included AV-In Cable)
Stereo audio (3.5mm headphone plug, via included AV-In Cable)
Specifications
4.0" x 1.6" 0.5"

System Requirements

Processor
An Intel Pentium 4 at 2.6 GHz or higher or an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or higher
Graphics Card
A DirectX 9 or above graphics card with a minimum of 64 MB
Memory
For Windows XP a minimum of 256 MB of RAM is needed. 512 MB or more is recommended. For Windows Vista a minimum of 512MB of RAM is needed. 1GB or more is recommended
Available Slot
A USB 2.0 Port
Others
A Display with a minimum 1024x768 resolution
Windows Media Player 9 or above
DirectX-compatible sound card is needed for audio playback or recording
A Standard CD/DVD-ROM Drive

Packaging

Package Contents
inDtube Digital TV Tuner
Compact Remote Control (CR2025 3V Battery Included)
AV-Input Adapter
Installation CD for Drivers and Software
Portable Telescopic High-Gain Antenna
F-Connector to MCX Adapter
Carrying Strap
USB Extension Cable
Neoprene Case
This Printed Installation Manual

Quick Info


Customer Reviews of the EVGA 100-U2-IDTV-A1

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  • Alex P.
  • 12/1/2009 4:28:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood package

Pros: I use this unit for a very limited purpose - to view feed from my set top at work using channel 3/4 or composite video. The hardware is very good and drivers are good too. I have not used their application but instead I use VLC. My main concern was stability of the drivers and they are very solid. Unit comes with composite and S-Video input and picture quality is top notch. I installed latest drivers from chipset manufacturer and CPU utilization went down. eMPIA is original chipset maker in this tuner.
Unit comes nicely equipped with antenna, remote and nice case. Also USB cable is very nice since it is self expanding and easy to take on the trips.

Cons: I wish original software would be less bloated and was updated more often. Drivers are dated 2006 and chipset maker had drivers that are dated 09 2009. But original drivers do work well although use a little more CPU.

I also wish that it would support clear QAM and I could capture raw transport with it, but this just wishful thinking.

Other Thoughts: If you want to capture video from VCR or just watch some TV on your PC this device fits the bill perfectly.
The system requirements are very modest for TV viewing - my laptop is Dell D600 with pentium M1.6Ghz and is over 5 years old.

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  • Keith K.
  • 11/11/2009 2:50:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjust wow

Pros: took it out of the box, plugged in the antenna, and then plugged it right into the front of my computer. Windows 7 then auto downloads the latest driver, i start up media center, and im watching EVER local NY channel, im surfing 50 channels FREE right now.

Cons: um, yeah blister pack evga? get with the times, go cardboard plain packaging already. the plastic pack just needs to go.

Other Thoughts: absolutely amazing with this product, and on top of that worked right of the box, no alterations needed.

Simple, smart, EVGA.

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  • Gene C.
  • 10/24/2009 10:01:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsworks as advertised

Pros: Bought this thing on sale. Christened it into a new install of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Drivers were found automatically by Win7. Started Media Center, did the couple of click setup and bam, HDTV OTA. The antenna provided was surprisingly better than some of the small HDTV antennas sold in aftermarket. Was surprised to see this little USB device perform so well. Loads while playing this in media center was < 5%.

I did not install any of EVGA software that came with the bundle. The remote control so far does not work in Media Center (at least I haven't figured it out).

1080i looks sweet. I did not notice any lipsync issues

Cons: Remote control in kit does not work in media center (at least I haven't figured it out)

Gets mighty hot when in use for a while.

Cheesy USB extension cable broke apart while the package was being opened.

Too much plastic molding of packaging. Bad for environment to make, increases oil consumption, bad for landfills. Package could have been 1/2 the size if EVGA wanted.

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  • Robert N.
  • 7/8/2009 2:36:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooks nice, but....

Pros: Small size, Rebate

Cons: Can not pick up any local channels and I live in an area with lots of stations locally. I tried it with a cable feed, and it sees that OK, so it's just a very weak tuner. Check elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Too late to return.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

The antennae strength can vary greatly depending on your location and location of the antennae.

I would suggest trying the antennae at different heights and different locations.

Thanks,
Jacob

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  • David G.
  • 6/16/2009 7:51:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery good package but depends

Pros: Simple to set up and works very well. Drivers install easily from disk. Does OTA digital TV in Austin TX extremely well - the software gets channels Media Center will not (same equipment and setup) Does video, VCR and other inputs well. Overall package has lots of useful goodies

Cons: The software wont allow commercial VCR tapes to be copied. The included antenna has a strong magnet - take care if lugging around drives. Channels change slowly and remote has limited functions (accepting it's small size)

Other Thoughts: The closed caption can be turned off with Ctrl-Shift-S. Some reviews complain about poor reception, but that's may be location more than the hardware - the included straight antenna works well, but attaching other antennas is easy

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  • David G.
  • 6/15/2009 8:03:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVery good package depending

Pros: Simple to set up and works very well. Drivers install easily from disk. Does OTA digital TV in Austin TX extremely well - the software gets channels Media Center will not (same equipment and setup) Does video, VCR and other inputs well. Overall package has lots of useful goodies

Cons: The software wont allow commercial VCR tapes to be copied. The included antenna has a strong magnet - take care if lugging around software

Other Thoughts: The closed caption can be turned off with Ctrl-Shift-S. Some reviews complain about poor reception, but that's may be their location more than the hardware - the included straight antenna works well, but attaching other antennas is easy

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  • Adam T.
  • 6/9/2009 10:29:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than expected

Pros: I picked this up today from a local store that mislabeled it, and still sold it to me for about 12 dollars, what a deal. Anyway, installed quickly and easily, works just fine with Windows XP SP3. I like that it has an option to be "Always on Top".

Cons: It is very slow in response time. The remote is pretty weak. It takes forever to respond pretty often, but since I'm using the card in my desktop, this isnt so much of an issue. I usually just use the on screen controls.

Other Thoughts: When plugged directly into the wall, not to a cable box or satelite setup, you get the analog cable signal, which is alot lower quality than most people are used to now. Thats why so many reviews complain about quality. This is the same with MOST TV Tuner cards/adapters, keep that in mind.

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  • Brandon G.
  • 5/25/2009 9:00:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Prime Time Ready

Pros: It picks up terrestrial hdtv/sdtv signals.
looks ok..
tastes like 720p

Cons: Does not work with software supplied.
Gets very hot where it connects to the antenna or extensions.
I have yet to get it to work with cable tv.
The update for the software on eVGA's forum does not work and has not worked for months I am told.

Other Thoughts: I have a sony vaio with full hd, the picture is not 1080i from my point of view with this tv tuner.. I hope we get some firmware and software updates very soon so I can update this review. When you insert the TV tuner the software says there is nothing in there.. Tried multiple installs no luck.

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  • Alex P.
  • 5/8/2009 5:40:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME TUNER! EVGA ROCKS!

Pros: This thing does way more than my old Hauppage. 1080i quality on my samsung plasma looks better than my best friend's TW cable 1080i. I think my computer may even be upscaling it through my video card to 1080p, but I can't confirm that.

Cons: I'm very dissappointed that it didn't come with a GTX 295...

Other Thoughts: Don't hesitate, this thing rocks!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/5/2009 12:45:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Same as my last review - hardware is solid and appears to be well-made. Seems to work with Win7 Beta.

Cons: Restarts computer occasionally. Somewhat difficult to set up. TV Enhance software is rudimentary and offers very few options. Time shifting can sometimes make channel or volume changing VERY slow (up to 90 seconds) - especially when connected to a digital cable box. To speed up channel changing, click the END button on the TV window.

Other Thoughts: The newest TV Enhance software crashed my computer often - so often I uninstalled it and reinstalled the original driver and software from the CD. Now it just restarts the computer - suddenly (probably an interrupt conflict). EVGA forums solved the closed captioning problem - CTRL-Shift-S toggles closed captioning.

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