Hauppauge supplies an external magnetic aerial to supplement the devices' built-in telescopic antenna - presumably the exact same one it supplies with their various TV cards – and while using this does improve reception it doesn't do so by as huge a margin as you might expect by doubling the number of aerials. That said, it does insulate reception from changes caused by altering the position you're holding the device in.
One thing the Hauppauge lacks is a re-set button. Should the operating system go tits up, you'll need to reach for a screwdriver, undo the back cover and disconnect the otherwise non-removable battery. Fortunately, during our time with the myTV, it never once required this kind of remedial action.
There's no built-in memory, but myTV does have a SDHC slot
Navigating around the myTV is simplicity itself. The main controls on the front let you change channel, alter the volume, open a context-sensitive menu or return to the main menu. On top of the player are fast forward, rewind and play/pause keys for recorded media, along with a lock slider and the on/off key. A basic programme guide can be called up using the TV menu.
The on-screen menu is nothing more than a list of media types – TV, radio, movies, music, pictures, games – and settings. Just scroll up and down and select.
We've not much to say about internal memory because myTV doesn't have any. What it does have is an SDHC slot at the top that's certainly good for 8GB cards and will presumably also work with 16GB and 32GB cards. The myTV's mini USB port lets the device act as a host so you can access content from any self-powered USB storage devices.
But can the TV Licence van detect it???????
The world may have moved on since 1977
but those fugly buttons seem to have dropped through a timewarp with its other end firmly planted somewhere before the '80s
It won't work in Ireland, New Zealand, Estonia and all other countries just launching Digital TV as you need MPEG4 decoder, not MPEG2 on the DVB-t signal.
Sony fell on this one with the PlayTV (which can in theory do MPEG4 as the PS3 actually does the decoding, but as the PS3 Firmware only does MPEG2 currently for playTV). They announced it for Ireland, New Zealand, Estonia & etc.
320x240 is a bit feeble :(
It would have to record streams as is, so with MPEG2 DTT time would be poor. About twice recording time in MPEG4 DTT countries :-) With a 4Gbyte SD card you would get maybe 2hrs max BBC1 (MPEG2) or 4hrs MPEG4 (not UK), of course it doesn't do MPEG4. Several DTT tuners have MP4/DivX SD card players and none do MPEG4 from tuner.
Record onto SD would be useful
What a tease: a Freeview receiver with an SD card. The tease being the missing link between the two - being able to *record* TV programmes onto SD card so that the device becomes one of the first, if not the first, solid state Personal Video Recorder. And portable too.
Sandisk have the VMate SD/SDHC recorder but it is not portable and is only for analogue video.