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Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: HDTV on a Laptop

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Plug the Artec T14A USB TV Tuner into your laptop, install the software and you're watching HDTV. All of a sudden you've bypassed buying an HDTV, setting up an HD cable box or anything else.

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Using its included antenna, it pulls in over-the-air HDTV broadcast stations in the US, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Argentina, which use what's known as the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) protocol.

It includes Windows XP Media Center Edition drivers, but keep in mind, if you want to use that, you'll also need a separate analog TV tuner installed. It's $89 with free shipping. There must be a catch. This we gotta try.

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DISCUSSION

Why would the laptop be less able to handle this? usb 2.0 is 480mbit- though data never reaches those speeds, there is still plenty of breathring room, considering the vast majority of ethernet out there is "only" 100mbit capable and still perfectly capable of streaming hdtv (not sure about 1080p, though). I'd be interested to find out how much of the decoding actually gets done by the adapter, of if this is just a glorified antenna...