Feeds
75%
Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

Elgato Netstream DTT networkable TV tuner

Freeview, streamed across your home network

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Review Elgato has made some darn fine TV tuners in its time, and its Eye TV DVR software remains a key Mac media application, but sometimes you have to question its wisdom. Why release a brand new tuner in the UK without supporting the free-to-air terrestrially broadcast HD TV platform?

The EyeTV NetStream DDT, you see, won't pick up or decoded Freeview HD. It is capable of decoding HD TV, but only content broadcast using the DVB-T system, not Freeview HD's DVB-T2.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

Elgato's EyeTV Netstream DTT: Wot, no Freeview HD?

Elgato, not unreasonably, has to cater to a broader audience than Brits, and while our terrestrial TV chiefs decreed DVB-T2 to be the way forward, a fair few of their colleagues on the continent had already settled on DVB-T, the technology, incidentally, used by standard-definition Freeview.

Should Elgato have made two NetStream DTTs, one for the UK and another for the rest of Europe? Well, someone has to, and if Elgato doesn't, someone like Sling Media, whose Slingbox series the NetStream DTT most resembles, will. Elgato says it's waiting for low-power, small DVB-T2 decoder chips that can be powered by USB, and leaving the bulky ones on the market today to the set-top boxes they were designed for.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

The signal from the aerial feeds the two on-board tuners

Like the SlingBox family members, NetStream DTT takes the feed from your aerial and beams the Freeview channels it receives across your home network. The Elgato has two tuners on board, both fed from the one co-ax port, and so can transmit to two network clients simultaneously. It doesn't downgrade the broadcast video bitrate to do so, Elgato says, and I certainly so no drop in picture quality.

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.