updated 01:50 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007
Hauppauge Nova-TD Tuner
Hauppauge on Tuesday added a new digital TV tuner, the WinTV Nova-TD, to its lineup. Titled after its built-in diversity technology, the USB stick connects to as many as two antennas and bonds its dual tuners together, providing added reception for Europe's Freeview digital TV in areas where the signal is poor or partially blocked. The antennas will alternately serve to receive two different channels in better areas and will play one show while the bundled PVR software records another. Owners can even use the aerials to receive the signal in a car or most trains, Hauppauge boasts.
The Nova-TD requires a system using Windows XP or later, but will tap into the Media Center environment of XP MCE or Vista Home Premium for watching and recording shows without any extra software. Hauppauge is shipping the tuner immediately for $157.