Watched some college football games on this tuner. My first time trying OTA (over the air) HDTV, and WOW. It was awesome. My friends and I kept commenting that it felt like we were on the field, that we could see the players' boogers, etc., etc. One player in particular, we noticed he had tattoos all over his upper arm, that on regular (640x480 equiv) broadcast TV would have rendered it a grayish smudge I'm sure.
We never had issues with the image hanging up, or getting bad-receptivity-snow. (We are relatively high up though, compared to the surrounding houses, and we were also using it on a Core 2 Duo laptop).
We watched it using a projector and even at a 10' wide image, it was still impressive. Better than all the sports bars around here for sure.
One lag was in the initial channel scanning - it took a while (several minutes), and the 'preview image' that it showed while scanning the channels, was very jerky. We were worried that this would be the quality of the actual TV, but thankfully it wasn't, and the actual TV came out silky smooth.
A final recommendation I would have for y'all is to buy a nice 6' or 10' USB extender. This will do three things:
- give you more room to adjust the location of the antenna (the magnet in the base is not all that powerful btw) for best signal
- take some pressure off your computer's USB port by relieving it of the weight of the USB tuner
- let you turn the USB tuner's position so that you can aim the remote at the IR port more easily
The remote is kinda cancellation, it's a bit flaky. But as someone mentioned, it's great to be able to change channels without having to shrink the screen size.
Final note: the TV image at first comes up as a smaller window-in-window - I don't remember reading it in the manual, but to full-screen it, double-click the image, or hit 'Ok' on the remote. It took us a few seconds to figure this out, so figured I'd pass it on.
GREAT buy! Only regret is not buying another couple for friends.