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KWorld Hybrid TV Stick UB445-U USB 2.0 Interface

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  • Remote Included
  • ATSC/ ClearQAM/ NTSC
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Turn your PC or laptop into a television with the KWORLD UB445-U TV stick. This external tuner turns your display into a digital television as it receives the latest over-the-air broadcast digital High Definition video as well as being able to display unencrypted digital cable signals.

Since the tuner has been condensed to the size of a USB thumb drive it's easy to take with you on the road. A credit-card sized remote is included. Just slip it into your carry case and enjoy the show from wherever you are.

  • newegg HD 1080i Support The KWORLD UB445-U receives free-to-air NTSC, ATSC and ClearQAM unencrypted cable TV programs and supports high definition quality up to 720p/1080i for a true high-definition TV watching experience.
  • newegg Portable Design The sleek, compact KWORLD UB445-U is fully powered via USB without the need for a power cord or a bulky power adapter for the ultimate portability.
  • newegg Your Personal Digital Video Recorder With the KWORLD UB445-U, capture live TV shows directly to your PC's hard disk, or schedule your recordings on a daily, weekly or once only basis.
  • newegg Remote Control With the full-function remote control, access all features on the KWORLD UB445-U from across the distance without tangling wires.

Learn more about the Kworld Computer Co.,Ltd UB445-U

Model

Brand
KWorld
Model
UB445-U

General

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

Features

Features
Watch and record digital TV (ATSC / 8VSB), digital cable TV (clear QAM) and analog TV

Enjoy high definition TV channels on your PC or laptop

Supports high definition TV (HDTV) up to 1920 x 1080i

Listen to FM radio

Supports Teletext, Close Caption, Time-shifting and Schedule Recording functions

Dolby AC-3 audio output provided by ATSC broadcasting (depends on if the ATSC channel provides Dolby AC-3)

Additional AV input for extra media entertainment

Software include: Total Media

Specifications

Ports In
S-Video Input: 4-Pin Mini Din
Video Input: RCA Jack
Audio Input: RCA Jack L/R
Specifications
FM Radio Input
FM Input: NTSC /PAL
Frequency: 87.50 - 108.00 MHz

Analog TV System
Frequency:
- 55.25 - 855.25 MHz for NTSC
- 48.25 - 863.25 MHz for PAL
Video: NTSC M/J, PAL BG/DK/I, PAL M/N, SECAM BG/DK, SECAM L/L'
Audio: Stereo,SAP(BTSC, EIAJ, NICAM,),Mono, FM

Digital TV System
Frequency:
- Terrestrial digital channels (ATSC 8VSB)
- Digital cable (clear QAM)
Video:
- Free-to-air digital 8 bits Vestigial
- Side-Band Demodulation (8VSB)
- Digital cable TV (64QAM and 256QAM)
Audio: Dolby Digital AC3 audio output

System Requirements

Processor
View in SDTV: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (HT) or above or AMD equivalent CPU
View in HDTV (H.264): Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or above or AMD equivalent CPU
Graphics Card
SDTV: 64MB or above in memory and supports DirectX 9.0c
HDTV: 128MB or above in memory and supports DirectX 9.0c and DXVA
Memory
512 MB or above (1G is recommended)
Available Slot
USB 2.0 standard port
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Vista 32-bit SP2 , Vista 64-bit SP1 and Windows 7
Others
Sound card: AC97 compatible and supports Microsoft DirectX 9

Packaging

Package Contents
USB ATSC Hybrid TV Stick UB445-U
ATSC antenna
Quick Installation Guide
KWorld Installation CD
Remote Control
Multi-cable
CyberLink Combo CD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Kworld Computer Co.,Ltd UB445-U

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/5/2013 6:46:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless!

Pros: None

Cons: Purchased to pick up over the air digital television on our PC. Our regular antenna, located about 10 ft from the Kworld antenna picks up over 20 stations. This products antenna picked up zero.

Other Thoughts: I did a little research and it seems KWorld keeps spitting out the same junk, just under a new model number. The reviews on their products are always the same - poor to mediocre. I should have listened and save myself $40.

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  • Jessica M.
  • 3/4/2013 6:21:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever worked right.

Pros: None.

Cons: Never worked right. The only thing that worked was the radio channels which was not desired. Never recognized tv channels. Had two IT professionals troubleshoot to no resolution. Garbage.

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  • Craig D.
  • 1/9/2013 3:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot good

Pros: Small and portable

Cons: Doesnt work well. I can only pick up a few channels and the whole time the signal cuts out every few seconds. Audio is far behind. I have tried several antennas and a few different programs. no luck

Other Thoughts: Spend more money and get a PCI/PCIe1 interface tuner.

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  • Thomas G.
  • 11/14/2012 9:32:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to install and it works great.

Cons: The included software (Total Media 3.5)

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these about 6 months ago and recently got a second computer so I bought another one.

It is rare when a Microsoft free product is better than that included with a device, but it sure is in this case.

When you install, my advice is to uncheck the Total Media check box and not install it. Use Windows Media Center, which is probably already on your computer, instead.

Media Center is MUCH more complete and and it seamlessly transitions from analog to digital signals (if you're connected to basic cable this is a must).

The Total Media package included will show the digital channel your TV knows as 3.1 as 125 or some such thing, and you must manually select which tuner you want to watch (digital or analog). With Media Center channel 3.1 shows up as 3.1, and it knows which tuner which channels are one, so manual switching is unnucessary.

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  • Richard K.
  • 11/9/2012 7:46:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice. But don't use the antenna or software.

Pros: Works fine with a good antenna or other connection and Windows Media Center.

Cons: The included software and antenna are worse than worthless.

Other Thoughts: If you're hooking this up to a cable connection or good antenna it works well. The included software should probably be classified as malware, but if you use Windows Media Center that isn't an issue. The antenna included is horrid and when I tried that on this unit and my HDTV it couldn't pick up a thing.

Overall, I'm satisfied with this unit. But know that going in you aren't going to be using the included software and you'll need some better way of connecting to the world than the included antenna.

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  • Michael A.
  • 10/17/2012 9:45:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsKWorld

Pros: Doesn't get hot. Easy to use with Orb through Cable

Cons: Can't get Digital Cable signal to run through Windows Media Center or Orb.

Other Thoughts: I have tried just about everything to get the digital signal to work. I really researched what Tuner to get so I could get both Analog and Digital from my cable plug. It shows the channels in WMC but says they are not working. None of the KWorld website drivers fixed this issue. 3 Eggs at most.

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  • Dennis V.
  • 10/15/2012 7:59:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy it

Pros: It's easy to plug in.
Good signal when it works.

Cons: Everything else.

When I first plugged it into my desktop I immediately got a blue screen, my desktop no longer recognizes it even after uninstalling and reinstalling the software.

I plugged it into my laptop, it recognized it, and it got a good signal.

I've had the product for a little over a month and I don't think I've gone more than a day without having my system blue screen because of this device. It's a brand new laptop that runs just fine as long as I don't have this plugged in or running.

I've tried using the drivers that came with it, I've also tried the drivers online, neither make a difference.

The kworld site is a pain to navigate. There doesn't seem to be any sort of support form or troubleshooting information, and there's no way to directly contact their support. Their link for RMA is broken, even if that link wasn't broken I would have to pay to ship the item to them to fix.

Other Thoughts: I'm running windows 7 64 on my desktop and laptop.

I would not recommend this, or any KWorld product to anyone. It's 2012 and they should really have at least some basic online trouble shooting or support.

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  • WESLEY A.
  • 10/6/2012 6:55:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat tuner, Good price!

Pros: Great picture in QAM Terrestrial (antenna for over the air broadcast). Easy to setup. Good picture connected to my analog basic cable. The remote works good for me, but I am not using it from across the room, it is plugged into my secondary gaming pc which is 90 degrees away to my left side and maybe 4 feet away. Package came with a multi- input cable for capturing video from legacy devices (s-video and AV).

Cons: No real cons to speak of, see my other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Could not get this thing to recognize my basic cable service, until I downloaded the latest drivers from kworld website. That is just a basic tech mistake on my part to not just grab the latest drivers from the website instead of using the included install disk drivers. I would recommend installing the driver from kworld website and just use windows media center instead of installing the software from the kworld cd. This will save you alot of headache.

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  • Clifford S.
  • 10/5/2012 7:30:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat within limits

Pros: Easy to install and set up, included software is easy to configure.

Cons: Can't use it with Windows Media Center, have to install as Video Capture rather than TV Tuner.

Other Thoughts: We connected this to our cable box and use the box to change channels. It works great but the tuner has to be installed as a video capture device instead of installing it as a "TV Tuner". This means we have to use the isntalled software instead of WMC, but the included software works fine and is easy to configure. Doesn't leave a lot of options and can only digitally record the channel you're on, i.e., one channel at a time.

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  • Adam C.
  • 10/3/2012 10:37:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStick with Hauppauge

Pros: Cost. Install was easy with WMC. Just downloaded the drivers from Kworld website.

Cons: Cannot get any major channels with this tuner. The best signal strength I can get in WMC is 3 out of 5 bars. I have a Hauppauge tuner connected to the same PC using the same antenna, and I get the 4 major networks, which is all I ask for. Didn't have another PCIe slot for another Hauppauge, so this was the next best solution that came with an FM tuner. Got it for $30. On the fence whether it is worth it to RMA.

Other Thoughts: Maybe if you are really close to a tower and get awesome signal strength, this may be fine. It seems any antenna or tuner is extremely hit-or-miss depending on location.

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