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ADS Tech MiniTVUSB PTV-371-EF USB 2.0 Interface

  • NTSC
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • TV Antenna 75 Ohm
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Watch TV on your Notebook or PC, Schedule TV recordings, Record TV shows to CD or DVD!
The Mini TV USB lets you take TV wherever you go! Using a regular TV Antenna or cable connection, you can now watch TV right on your computer screen. It's simple to install and no extra cables or power supply to carry around.

A Powerful yet simple tool for your multimedia collection. Mini TV USB includes MediaTV PVR, an all-in-one solution for your entire multimedia collection that's dynamic and simple at the same time: record your favorite TV shows and burn to DVD, create custom audio play lists, rip audio CDs and burn your own compilations, share custom slide shows on disc, complete with audio, edit and enhance images with simple controls.

Video, photos and music, turn your computer into a digital entertainment center with ADS Tech's MediaTV PVR Watch and record TV and listen to your digital music, surf and archive your photos and more with ADS Tech's own Media TV PVR.


Learn more about the ADS Technologies PTV-371-EF

Model

Brand
ADS Tech
Model
PTV-371-EF

General

Type
USB TV Tuner Stick
TV Tuner
Analog Tuner
TV Standards
NTSC
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
Watch TV on your Notebook or PC
Schedule TV recordings
Record TV shows to CD or DVD
Video
Video file playback
Digital video capture
DVD/VCD creation from captured video, recorded TV, and other sources
Music
Listen to your digital music library
Rip from audio CDs
Photo
One-click red-eye removal, auto enhance, crop, and more
"Smart printing" allows multiple prints per page, various print sizes, and automatic photo rotation
Archive photos to DVD/CD

Specifications

Ports In
TV Antenna 75 Ohm
Specifications
Compliant with USB 2.0 specification
TV Antenna 75 Ohm
VHF band III (K5-K12 (174 MHz i 230 MHz)
UHF band IV / V K21-K69 (470 MHz i 862 MHz)
COFDM demodulation (QAM16/QAM64)
Software Interface: Microsoft BDA driver
Low CPU loading- SSE/3DNow
Bus-powered: +5VDC through USB port, 370mA max.

System Requirements

Processor
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher
Graphics Card
Microsoft DirectX 9.0
Memory
256 MB RAM
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP
Others
Sound Card (SoundBlaster 16 Compatible Sound Card)
1GB Free HD Space
CD-ROM Drive (For software installation)
CD-RW or DVD-Recordable drive required for saving movies onto CD or DVD
TV antenna or analog cable connection

Packaging

Package Contents
PTV-371-EF
USB Extension Cable
Connector

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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  • Braden S.
  • 10/28/2008 8:49:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: worked perfectly before it broke, i actually liked the tv tuner software that this thing came with

Cons: broke after a few months, every time i tried to use it my computer would freak out and get a blue screen of death =(

Other Thoughts: not a bad budget usb tv tuner maybe i just had bad luck with it breaking on me

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  • rickie j.
  • 4/15/2008 11:24:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsit works

Pros: it works! I first used it in an "asrock" motherboard/q6600 rig it crashed I could only play TV "JUNK" ! After 2 other Mother board test, I found the "IP35PRO " I can now retire my old hyperthread 2.6 it works I can burn download .......... it works!

Cons: I hate media center why not just TV????
like old ATI! if you use pc like normal human! media center is a waste of resorces and time "energy" which is high now! pretty is not better! hmm reminds me of VISTA JUNK!

Other Thoughts: I built a new quad core pc NEW mother boards do not support old PCI cards! ?? why? to make us buy new hardware! %$@##! I have ATI needs 5 volts new mother board only has 3 volts GRRRR #%@$@%@@%@ greedy $%##@^@&!&!& how much $ u need?

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  • Vincent M.
  • 4/8/2008 11:02:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Everything worked
No Issues with Vista
Software was easy to install

Cons: none as of yet

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  • Nathan S.
  • 3/29/2008 3:34:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Tuner worked great, it picked up over the air channels just like my TV did.

Cons: Not really a Con, more of a warning: If you plan to connect a VCR, or DVD player to it, make sure to turn off the Time shifting feature.

Other Thoughts: When I first connected it, I had the antenna right on top of my computer, and the signal was terrible. I moves the antenna away from the computer, and the signal got a lot better. I plugged it into my laptop, and the signal was fine.

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  • Scott B.
  • 3/24/2008 4:37:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI have windows vista

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Pay for what you get. I cannot get it to detect any channels. ADS makes themselves very hard to get a hold of. No contact info on their website. I found phone # on package box but kept getting voicemail telling me to call back in 30 minutes. (who has time to do that). Website is hard to navigate through. They say it is Vista friendly but do not provide instructions on how to set it up if you do have windows. I cannot get it to work so therefore cannot tell you the quality of the picture. I have spent hours trying to get answers on how to get it set up and not been able find anything.

Other Thoughts: Maybe it works for some people. Not for me. And what makes me mad is that there is no simple way to get answers to solve the problem. I will be sending mine back for a refund.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/21/2008 3:12:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsADS Support

Pros: Tuner has a nice picture, the cost is a good point.

Cons: ADS "support" flat out stinks. The tuner's proprietary software is utter junk. Their EPG doesn't even work.

The tuner doesn't play well with Vista MCE, and I had to figure out ways on my own to get some aspects of that to work. Still have an issue with DRM rights to even WATCH a DRM enabled program. Don't even bother with ADS support...they have no clue and will tell you every time that they can't duplicate the problem on their machines,or just don't know. Pathetic.

Other Thoughts: I'll figure out how to resolve the issues...on my own, and that's bull. Part of the price is for support.

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  • rickie j.
  • 3/21/2008 10:28:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood TV dongle BAD SOFTWARE

Pros: replaceing ATI tv pci card which will not work in new STUPID 3 volt pci slots! so any old PCI card,s are useless in new pc,s this still upset,s me!

Cons: software is JUNK nero crashed! that has never happened before! Speakers would POP! VERY BAD!!! so loud scares my dog! Tv would lock up pc! I removed JUNK ADS software replaced with "Intervideo home theater software" everything works like it should nero works again tv dosnot POP speakers and no more TV lock up!

Other Thoughts: Nice usb DONGLE SOFTWARE IS TRASH!

Yes I would buy this AGAIN! just use different Software!

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  • Brad A.
  • 3/2/2008 12:36:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little device, strange software

Pros: Took the tuner out of the box, and was watching TV in about 15 minutes. I get 3 more broadcast channels than I did on the TV, and it looks better on my monitor. It's not a 5 star product, and probably wasn't meant to be. It's cheap and does the job. Couldn't be happier.

Cons: The software to install the drivers and application(s) is really bad. I couldn't install the drivers using the software on the CD, so I plugged in the device and followed the Windows prompt to Add New Hardware, and it failed the first time. I removed the hardware, and did it again and it worked fine.

Another drawback is that sometimes when reception is poor (when it rains where I live) and you go to a channel that doesn't come in well, the speakers get static sounds that kind of suck until you adjust the antenna.

Other Thoughts: I have this attached to my laptop, which is connected to my 22" widescreen. Figured why bother own a TV anymore. Even just picking up broadcast TV, it looks great on the monitor -- not all channels look great, but they all look better than it did on the old TV.

It doesn't come with a remote control, which is fine -- I didn't want one, since I'd prefer to use the wireless keyboard and mouse. But the command to change channels [Ctrl + Shift + K/L] is rather odd and awkward.

The device is a bit too big to plug directly into the side of the laptop, but it came with a usb extender, which fits very snug to the tuner. The other cable goes in the back of the tuner, also very snug, and then connects to the coax. I move the antenna around a lot to get better reception, and haven't yet pulled it out of the device or usb port. That's cool.

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  • Luis C.
  • 2/6/2008 2:52:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood but not great...

Pros: Relatively cheap, you don't have to open your case, software works great, you can use it with laptops, and compact.

Cons: The picture quality is fuzzy, but definitely watchable, and is the main reason I'm giving it a 4 rating. Also the connection for the RF cable falls out very easily but won't be a problem if you keep it still.

Other Thoughts: I'm very happy with it. Haven't had any problems with sound.

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  • George I.
  • 1/19/2008 2:19:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Tv Tunner

Pros: Cheap, Software is really good.

Cons: Picture keep getting delayed. Video doesn't match the Audio. Terrible.

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