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smurfy
08-01-2010, 04:41 AM
A friend gave me one that they bought awhile ago and didn't use. WinTV-HVR 950 (hybrid tv stick)
I am not the best at computers, but it was very easy to install. It has a little antenna that is maybe 4 inches tall. Reception and picture quality is quite good.

acraven
08-01-2010, 05:11 PM
When I researched TV capture cards before buying a new computer a few years ago, Hauppage products were getting good reviews, and the WinTV product sounds like an interesting option for folks who don't want to open up their computers to add a TV capture card (or don't have room for one). However, if its antenna is pulling in Universal Sports over the air, I think a simple TV antenna would allow you to receive it on your TV, asssuming that you have one of those digital-to-analog converter boxes or a TV capable of handling digital signals. I realize that is not the same as being able to record the broadcast on your computer, but I'd hate for folks to assume that the HVR-950 would allow everyone to pick up Universal Sports, irrespective of their location.

Be sure to check the system requirements before purchasing; you'll need a fairly powerful computer. I also noticed that analog TV (such as programs from videotape) converted by the device takes up only about 1.5 GB per hour, suggesting that the HVR-950 converts everything to EP quality or a bit less. There are conversion tools (including internal capture cards) that give you at least one higher-quality option.

I don't mean to be discouraging; I love being able to capture TV on my computer and burn DVDs, but it's worth doing a bit of research to be sure you've come up with the option that works best for you. I seem to get better IceNetwork results on my desktop than on my laptop. Though the laptop is newer and is a quality product, I didn't buy it specifically for video purposes, and it seems to be lacking the level of graphics capability needed to play video smoothly.

Simone411
08-01-2010, 10:55 PM
I tried IceNetwork for the first time last year. DSL became available in the area where I live. It wasn't bad at all and I watched on my laptop since that's all I have. I never experienced any black screen or blackouts. The streaming was pretty good also.

I also had a good experience watching live streaming at the Universal Sports website. I had some trouble at first with the player freezing or stalling. I reported it and received some instructions from Universal Sports to uninstall Silverlight and reinstall it. The freezing problems cleared up after I reinstalled Silverlight.

Carolla5501
08-01-2010, 11:07 PM
I have had very few issues with IceNetwork when I am at home.

I do travel and a lot of the hotels I stay in have HORRID internet service that just won't support video. (Don't believe hotels when they say it's high speed,... it would be if only ONE user was on, but 100 laptops, not so fast anymore LOL!)

But the replay is fun!

harvey
08-02-2010, 02:06 AM
I also had a good experience watching live streaming at the Universal Sports website. I had some trouble at first with the player freezing or stalling. I reported it and received some instructions from Universal Sports to uninstall Silverlight and reinstall it. The freezing problems cleared up after I reinstalled Silverlight.
I had the same problem (It seems that you have to completely uninstall Silverlight and then reinstall it with the latest updates to make it work again, but recently I've had more problems with it (Silverlight or Universal sports).
Just what we need.:mad: ANOTHER proprietary video system that you HAVE TO USE to collect content from one website that doesn't work on any others. Since then however it seems to have become even more erratic.
1. Sometimes (When the website loads) when clicking on links that indicate that they have video, they play with no problems and at other times I get the message that there was a loading problem that will be fixed shortly but instead it freezes my whole computer including keyboard and mouse and I have to turn it off manually and restart to get anything back.
2. Sometimes when I go back it tells me that my user ID and password are no good but I can play the videos anyway without being "Officially" signed in. At other times the videos won't play, I get a banner headline for it and they ask me to sign in (Either as an existing or new user) and I get rejected. If I close out and go back it's a crapshoot to discover which of the above glitches may or may not appear the next time. My conclusion; the Silverlight/Universal Sports collaboration has a lot of unresolved software glitches but I'd gladly pay a nominal subscription fee by the time the iSU season begins if they can straighten out all this erratic behavior .


Same general topic, different subject.
After further researching the HVR-950 on the Internet. One blog specifically stated that it WILL NOT WORK WITH DIGITAL TV AS TRANSMITTED ON CABLE OR SATELLITE digital transmissions. Therefore for me, since I have Dish network which is digital satellite, and no “Local Broadcast” NBC station, it would be useless for getting Universal Sports now, and as I understand it ALL stations will be required to broadcast in digital at some time in the future so it looks to me that unless you live in a neighborhood that has “Local Over the Air” availability purchasing one would not be a good idea.

Simone411
08-14-2010, 09:39 AM
I know what you mean about all those issues because my laptop was doing the same thing. I found that it wasn't just a problem with Silverlight, though, at Universal Sports. I went to Adobe and installed the latest Flash and Shockwave Flash. I also made sure I had the latest Sun JAVA update. Everything seemed to straighten out after I got all the updates. I also received a new Flash update this morning ( 10.1 ). It wanted to install immediately when I started my laptop.