Elgato Netstream DTT networkable TV tuner

Freeview, streamed across your home network

Terratec Home Cinema at least only forces one channel search on you - Windows Media Center can make you do it twice, once for each tuner, which it treats as two separate devices.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

Media Center will often set up both Netstream tuners separately

NetStream DTT has its own web-based UI for access over the network, and this allows you to see which client each tuner is assigned to. It helped me get an handle on the system, but I'm still not sure whether I got working Windows playback by luck or by judgement.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

But playback isn't bad once it's working

But work it does and, wireless network bandwidth permitting, playback is good. A good rooftop aerial feed ensures the full selection of Freeview channels are available. The picture quality on the clients was fine, though clearly some channels have better bitrates than others.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

Overall, the set-up and usage experience is better on a Mac

Channel flipping is as quick it is on any Freeview DVR. There is a little network lag, but it's only going to bother you if your laptop is in the same room as your telly and tuned to the same channel.

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