Hauppauge myTV Pocket Freeview PMP
Media player with built-in digital telly tuner
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.
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