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Prolink PlayTV USB 2.0 Review - Functionality

So you still haven't broken down and gotten a TV/Multimedia input device for your system? Well come on in and join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the latest offering from Prolink; namely the PlayTV USB 2.0 device. It offers a TV tuner, the ability to import nearly any type of media content and is USB 2.0 compatible. Let's see what happens when we put this new toy to the test!

By: | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: May 11, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Prolink



Well, after taking a look at what this unit is designed to handle, it is time to focus on just what it can really do. After all, if there isn't a way to make use of all the devices hooked to the box, then it would be rather worthless.


Fortunately, however, that isn't the case. Included with our package is a utility that offers a method of not only watching your favorite television programs, but also a way to physically import any compatible signal into your system. Not only that, but it also allows you to record the content and then edit it to your heart's desire.



TV Plus is the chosen program to handle your viewing, recording and editing needs. It comes from the Honest Technology company and offers a simple means of doing nearly any multimedia function imaginable. Though not designed for the hardcore digital video editor, it easily handles the needs of the normal user.


The icons on the left side of the window allow you to watch TV, record in .avi or .mpg format, edit a multimedia file, or create a VCD/SVCD video file. So whether you're wanting to make a import your favorite VHS movie to preserve it or just record the latest episode of your most-watched TV show, the TV Plus utility is designed to work with you to get the job done.


Also of note is that this utility (and the hardware, of course) has the ability to record in the newer MPEG4 format. For those looking for an even higher image quality, you're all set. But keep in mind that you'll need a bit of extra horsepower to encode using this new standard. Prolink recommends no less than a 1.2GHz Pentium 4 (or equivelent AMD processor) to handle this task.


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