Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick

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?

I need a TV Tuner! I would buy this in a heartbeat. My very old tuner broke today so I was researching for the prices of a new tv tuner. They are so expensive for a decent one. I am looking for one that has a remote and is external. Thats it.

If anyone is looking to sell it or not using it, I would take it off your hands for some money. Let me know!

Greetings. New member here. I have this stick and have followed several tutorials on how to supposedly get it working but all have failed first under Ubuntu 7.10 and now under 8.04 (Hardy Heron beta). Any detailed info from those have finally made it work would be GREATLY appreciated. TIA.


use windows media center and it will work great

Can’t wait to try this out. I just ordered this for store pickup at Circuit City for $50.

I got it running on ubuntu 7.10 but not on 8.04. I followed

but didn’t need to modprobe anything. My kernel is 2.6.22-14-38

I then did

scan /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/atsc/us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB

to get a channel.conf to put in .mplayer
then mplayer dvb:// worked for me

Hope that helps