Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick

Got mine friday, been playing with it all weekend. Works great on Windows Vista Home Premium-- I didn’t even have to install a driver of any sort, simply plugged it in and away it went. I live outside Charlottesville Va and was able to get 12 digital channels (abc-1,2, cbs 1-2, fox 1-2, NBC-1,2,3, PBS-1,2,3), two in HD, and that is with the supplied antenna. I did, however, have to go through the manual add process to find several of these channels, however, since WMC’s program guide didn’t have listed that several of these stations are already broadcasting in DTS and didn’t autotune to them. I had to go the station websites to find the physical channel address for these stations, but once I had that info they were easily manually added.
Only drawbacks are that Windows Media Center doesn’t allow for tuning of analog channels and included remote doesn’t work with it. You have to use the Pinnacle software for those functions. All in all I’m very happy with it. Picture quality is extremely nice, especially OTA HD.

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There is no red piece on the antennae base, just a screw that is way tooo small for the antennae that was in my box.

INstalled it today.

I’m getting exactly 0 digital channels.

Time to wage combat with their shitty support forums with very unfriendly mods.

The Beta 4.9.2 of PCTV helps. It’s suppose to use your RAM in a more efficent way. You do lose some of the fuctionallity though. I’m getting 10 digital with about 8 working pretty well with reasonablly strong signal. I had to attach the anntena to a metal cabinet. I notice if the HD signal is weak the screen freezes when you try to change the channel. Remote definitly works better with this version.

What drivers did you use for your tuner cards??? Everyone was saying such horrible things about the pinaccle software that I just let windows find drivers. I’m trying to ssetup my media portal server now though, and the software isn’t finding my card.

Ok, I’m trying to install mine. I’m entering the Serial number Exactly as it is on the CD sleeve. The software is telling me it’s not a valid number. What now???

Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick
$39.99 + $5 Shipping
Condition: Refurbished

Product List:

  • 1 Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick High Definition USB TV Tuner

Any idea where my product might be? Woot claims it’s shipped, FedEx says “Package Data transmitted to FedEx” on February 25, but nothing else since. I know SmartPost can be a bit… reserved with its information, but this seems a bit ridiculous.

Just got mine about 4 hours ago…spent 3 hours trying to get drivers to get it to work…have 64-bit Vista Ultimate…no luck…Pinnacle Customer support doesn’t even deserve to be called “support”…not quality product at all…disappointment…

Edit: iuVCR works, although it’s a 30 dollar program, and you have to download drivers for 64-bit from you want it to run…doesn’t work with Vista’s Windows Media Center if it’s a 64-bit OS…but the picture quality is astounding!

Try the other disc

am I the only one that hasn’t received their woot?

The fedex tracker hasn’t been updated at all eighter

Is anyone able to record in ipod format? Mine wont let me with th tvcenter pro.

Mine is up and working fine… BUT…

Vista is recognizing it as a second Local Area Connection, meaning that it’s doing a number on my wireless connectivity (i.e. not allowing it at all). This is not a cute thing. The reason I have a notebook is for wireless, the television was a separate and ancillary use.

Anyone having wireless problems with this new software installed (regardless of whether the adapter is plugged in or not)? Figure out a solution?

I’m surprisingly having more luck with the pinnacle software at the moment than other options (specifically media portal). The pinnacle software has found all of my analog cable channels after I plugged it into my coax outlet, and I flipped through a number of them, and the signal is just as good as on a regular tv. I haven’t played around with the recording options at all yet, but am going to either tonight or tomorrow.

When trying to pull up any channel with media portal, it freezes my computer up.

I’ve been able to get it up and running on Ubuntu using MythTv. It is only working for OTA digital channels but that’s all I was looking for. Send me a message if you have questions about how to get it running on a similar setup.

Still waiting on any word, tracker just says “package data transmitted.” I’ve bought stuff that was SmartPost before with no problem, I’m starting to get very frustrated here.

I had lots of trouble installing software from the included CD (on XP Media Center) , so I went to the Pinnacle support web site, and downloaded the intall from there. Worked much better, and I am now seeing what I think are most of the local OTA HD broadcasts available. So, a little trouble, at first, but that seems pretty standard these days.

XD, quoting my own post. I’ve finally be able to fix my own problem and be able to switch between Digital and Analog signals on Vista’s Windows Media Center.

You’ll want to download and run this 6mb install. I got it straight off the Pinnacle Site after spending about 30 minutes digging around for a fix to my problem without instaling their crappy software.

I’ve uploaded the file to Megaupload if you guys don’t want to hunt for the file on Pinnacle’s site since they wanted me to register to even download this one file for some reason. For some reason you don’t need to register for some of the other files. Anyway this only saves you about 2-3 minutes from registering and jumping through a few hoops on their website.

From what I’ve gathered this fix doesn’t install the Pinnacle Software (thank god), but allows the tuner’s full function on Windows Media Center. Namely the whole switching between digital and analog signals. It installs the MPEG-2 Encoder it needs to view the analog signals and possibly gives you the latest drivers if you don’t have them (not sure about the second part since it installed for me automatically the first time I plugged it in).

Give this a shot if you were having the same problem I was with the whole analog/digital thing or if you’re still having some trouble with using Windows Media Center with this USB tuner. I downloaded the Vista file but it should work for XP since the file name has both the word “Vista and XP” on it. :wink:

Try browsing the Pinnacle forums if you guys are having any other problems. I believe I saw a thread for people’s USB tuner that weren’t getting detected on Windows OSes. goes back to watching TV on the laptop Good luck wooters!

Is it just me or some hd channels are 740x480 windowed even when viewing in fullscreen?