Well, once again I've gotta say Smartpost is a beautiful thing when you live in a "sortation" city... I got my USB HDTV tuner today.
I installed it quickly, and it works pretty well. I only had time to scan channels with the magnetic antenna it came with, and I was in the basement when I did it. It found all but a couple of the channels I was expecting. The ones it didn't find tend to be low signal levels anywhere in my house - even on the deck - so that's not a problem.
The setup was much easier than any of the Pinnacle devices I've purchased from woot, especially since it didn't require an uninstall/upgrade/re-install like all of the Pinnacle devices did because they all shipped with old (and buggy) software. They also required .NET 2.x which is a completely separate install than .NET 3.x and it wasn't on any of my PCs. Along with a few other issues, those are examples of why I think the Pinnacle software is such a pain.
It was nice to have the Sabrient software and drivers install quickly, on the first try, and (ironically) on the one PC that just refuses to work with my Pinnacle HDTV Ultimate stick. The software checked for updates and said there were none. Either Sabrent doesn't ever update their software or they shipped this with the latest code. I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume these are just a new enough model to have the most current software.
The funny-looking remote actually works very well, and the EPG is a thousand times better than the really poor EPG that Pinnacle provides. Minimum system requirements on the Sabrent are less severe, so I will probably be happier with how my older laptop performs with this Vs the Pinnacle. The brief time I spent watching TV showed video quality at least as good at the Pinnacle stick. I played it full screen on my 1680x1050 notebook and it looked very good. I'll try it at 1920x1200 later(24" HP I got from woot, natch)to see if it can keep up at full HD.
So far, I'd say this is a much better deal than the Pinnacle HDTV sticks I bought previously (although they were a good deal and I'm happy enough to keep them).
My only concern is that the build quality of this thing is really cheesy by comparison. The slightest pressure on the USB connector popped the case apart and I can see that it would be easy to bend/break the circuit board connector. I'll bet it wouldn't have to move more than a few millimeters to break that soldered joint, so be careful! That's probably what happened with those above that say they stopped working after a few days/weeks/etc.
I will use epoxy to fortify the junction between the USB connector and the plastic case to make sure that case can't pop open again.
The pinnacle sticks came with a short USB extension cable (a nice touch) so the device doesn't stick directly into the PC, and I'll use one with this device to further reduce the potential if snapping it off if it gets bumped.
So, if anyone is still reading... this was a good deal, and it is easily as good as the Pinnacle devices I've paid twice as much for on woot (and they cost 3x at Frys just so you know woot deals are usually great).
Well worth the price, does what it is supposed to do, and arrived in a snap because Smartpost rox!
I'll post back again if I run in to anything else worth mentioning.