and the quality of the picture in a typical UK area is with that aerial?
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It seems like you would be far better off with something that easily migrates your Elgato recordings to our iDevice and just leave it at that. Then you don't have to worry about any absurd looking dongle or signal quality issues.
Portable TVs are so 80s.
Just record your stuff with a nice solid signal and watch it later.
You could even automate it and have it run overnight and be ready for you in the morning.
Not only do I agree, but taking your thought further based on my actual usage I can't think of an occasion when the catch-up services aren't enough for me. I'm much more likely to spend money on any of the hundreds of devices that could put those on my [antiquated] TV than on getting broadcast television onto my digital devices.
Lack of Apple provenance aside....
Why does anybody care about HD on a 9 inch screen? I can understand the desire to support DVB-T2 for the day when (if?) we start getting SD channels using it to improve bandwidth use (a la DAB+) but that seems a very long time away to me right now.
Its a question that gets raised on Elgato's forums regularly over the last few years and there is pent-up demand, so I don't know why they are not doing something about it ... they won't even say whether they are working on one 8-(
I have 4 Elgato tuners running in parallel under EyeTV and they are excellent .. just need a Freeview HD one and I'll be very happy.
Elgato don't make any tuner chips, so asking them to get a DVB-T2 tuner out is largely dependent upon their usual ic manufacturer producing the right chipset.
Elgato solely use DibCom 07x00 series chips, which don't support DVB-T2. DibCom are a French company, and the only countries that actually currently use DVB-T2 are UK, Italy, Sweden, Finland and the Ukraine, so don't expect DibCom to be chomping at the bit to produce a DVB-T2 chipset design.
In fact, there are very few companies making DVB-T2 chipsets. I believe all currently shipping devices use a Sony demod chip.
DVB-S2 is a much better bet, although you do then need a dish and a lot of LNBs for multiple tuners.
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