After searching through a number of CDR KING stores, I was finally able to find an Analog USB TV Tuner. Most shops only seemed to carry the PCI card variety which aren’t much good for use with a laptop!
The tuner cost 1180 php and looks like a small usb pen drive. The design has recently changed to a ‘box’ shape but it’s the same chipset and the same remote etc. It’s just a bit bulkier now! It’s compatible with Windows only, no Mac or Linux support. For the techies out there, it uses the Trident 5600 chip.
Installation is simple with the supplied CD and you’re able to watch local TV in a matter of minutes. The software can be a bit buggy if you try to swap through a lot of channels quickly, but remember you don’t have touse the supplied software; you can simply install the driver and then download better TV tuner software online.
I was hoping to use this TV tuner with the Sumvision Cyclone Nano but unfortunately it was not compatible.
The quality of the video coming through is pretty impressive. It’s not HD but then Analog TV doesn’t carry HD signals to start with. The better your antenna, the better the quality will obviously be. Aside from picking up the local free channels, you can also connect it to an analog cable tv signal, such as that offered by Destiny Cable or SkyCable. However, you should note that the major cable providers, like Sky, are changing from Analog to Digital – which won’t be compatible with this usb tuner.