There are very few times when I want to watch a live TV program, I use my Channel Master Stream+ for that because there is no delay between channels, and everything looks great (no need for transcoding, etc.).
And because I can never leave well-enough alone, I upgraded my Xbox One S to receive live TV. Ordered the Hauppauge tuner, plugged it in, did a scan and WOW. First of all, the tuner itself delivers better results than my Tablo, HD Homerun, AIRTV player and Stream+ … about the same as my Recast.
The GUI is excellent, it looks great. You can scroll up & down through channels without referring to the guide, the same way Tablo does with Roku & Fire TV. If there’s anything good enough to record, it’s being done in the background somewhere on my Tablo, Recast, etc., while I watch the live event here.
Had no idea Hauppauge made these & for that matter, knew nothing about the company (or it’s products) to begin with. This is a very fun and interesting discovery, albeit several years late. For the rare, live TV viewing, this is now my go-to method.
Just forty-nine bucks for this little gem, worth every dime to me. Am I the only one who’s never heard of these guys?
It’s not a straight forward comparison with tablo. PC TV tuners deliver OTA signal to whatever video play is true format. Tablo’s streaming capabilities, depending upon settings, transcode the the video into HLS format… even at full resolution, it’s not the same.
Not saying tablo is bad, just different than watching directly from a TV tuner untouched.
ben1: “Am I the only one who’s never heard of these guys?”
Hauppauge has been one of the leaders in the OTA industry for the past 20 years. Make very good tuners. I’ve used several of their products, including their HD PVR\Hauppauge Capture for recording Roku streams.
not at all! I’ve 3 old-school PCIe tuner cards I’d been using up until my tablo went into service. The 2 tuner is semi retired, installed without an antenna just now. It’s amazing what you can do with inexpensive [allegedly] outdated computer components found on ebay.
As you’ve noted, they are not platform dependent!! You know, you don’t have to have a windoze computer to use their products, and they do provide limited support.
Have you ever pressed the TV button on your remote? Probably no enhanced guide, but just for “watching”.
Not certain if it works with the Xbox version, I’ll check that out later. One thing I’ll say though, is with the results I’m getting, probably won’t need it. Pulling in everything and with great clarity.
Exactly. You can touch the TV button on the on the remote, see whatever station you were last on & then scroll up & down through channels without leaving the one your’e on (like Tablo for Roku, Fire TV, etc.) … or touch the “One Guide” button to see the full lineup, with synopsis, etc.
It’s a USB input, not an HDMI … USB is the same input you used for your external drive or thumb drive. On the back of your Xbox, you’ll see two of them. Use either one. If you already have an external drive (or anything else) plugged into one, that’s ok.
So my sister talked my mom into getting an xbox one to use for a bluray 4k player & get vudu, amazon prime, all that stuff. I’m gonna get one of these tuners for her also. She never records anything just watches local news & weather, things like that. Whats ironic is my dad works for microsoft but can’t get a better deal from the ms store than I did. So we had them call egghead. Dad loves Frys & they’re about a half hour drive from his campus so he might find one there. When they get one I’ll have them plug this into it for tv. Ordered it tonight.
That makes three / four people in one family. You have @jbdub82 to thank, that’s how I learned of the Xbox one S to begin with, right here in these forums: I’d found an inexpensive 4K Blu-ray player and posted about it, he recommended the XBox One.
Interesting how your experience influenced your parents purchase and setup, that is fantastic.