Pinnacle Systems is launching yet another wave of new USB TV tuners for those who want to bring television to their computers. These compact tuners are known as the HD mini Sticks and they’ll be available in PC or Mac offerings for around $120 or $130, respectively.
The Pinnacle HD mini Sticks are USB-powered tuners which, in general, let you view and record digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM) for SDTV and HDTV with resolutions of up to 1080i. One can make use of these devices as PVRs with timeshifting capabilities that enable users to record, pause or rewind live TV. Recordings can be scheduled as well via programming data from an Internet-based guide.