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PCTV 801e SE
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Applies to:

Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick (801e SE)




Input/ Output Devices


Windows XP 32/64-bit, Windows Vista 32/64-bit, Win

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PCTV 801e SE


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  • Connectivity Interface: Hi-Speed USB
  • Analog Video Format: NTSC
  • Digital Video Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
  • Input Signal: F-Connector/Co-Axial TV Antenna
  • TV Standards Supported: ATSC/ClearQAM


The Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick (801e SE) is a USB TV Tuner stick capable of receiving television signals in both analog (NTSC) and digital (MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 4) formats. The manufacturer describes it as an entry level USB television tuner for SD, as well as free HD TV. It offers stereo sound for TV shows being viewed with digital signals. The device allows users to record their favorite shows in their hard disks in digital formats like MPEG and DivX. The shows may also be transferred directly to DVDs, if the computer (to which the device is attached) supports the feature.

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The device utilizes Time Shifting technology for providing users greater control over the ways in which they watch television shows in both digital and analog formats, on their computers. Even if the user is not recording the shows, the TV tuner keeps downloading the data to a previously assigned temporary buffer space on the hard disk. This buffering allows the user to pause, rewind, or fast forward through television shows, even during live broadcast. This buffer space, however, is automatically flushed when the media player software (through which the user is viewing the show) is exited, and data stored in it cannot be recovered anymore, unless it was actually recorded by the user.