MPT High Resolution TV Tuner Box - TV-LCDHR

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Does what it says, but here's more details

by Mike T on 1/8/2009

Just got this and I have to say it's a good deal. Picture and sound are fine, no complaints. I'm using it between a desktop computer and CRT monitor, running at 1024*768. The RF input is Comcast cable, analog channels only. The box also connects between the PC sound output and the PC speakers. What they don't say: when the box is "on" you watch and listen to PC, or a video input that can be "video" (yellow RCA plug) or "s-video." You can also use PIP. When the box is powered, but "off", you watch and listen to the PC. In other words, Box off = PC only. Box on: TV only, or video only, or TV and video PIP. Also, if you loose AC power to the box, it forgets everything. So you'll need to scan for channels, and any other settings you change. In summary, a good deal if you only need to tune analog cable TV and drive a VGA display or projector. It will not receive digital TV or digital cable channels.

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update: TV PIP on PC desktop

by Mike T on 1/8/2009

Turns out, you CAN get TV in a PIP box on the PC desktop. In my defense, the manual's English translation makes it NOT obvious (yes, I did read it :~). I dinged "ease of use" based on the sketchy manual, but once you get used to the box and remote control, you don't need the manual and it's fine. To get TV PIP on PC to work, you need to set "VGA Ratio" (typo from "rate?") to match the PC output. "Display Ratio" (again, probably "rate") sets the box VGA output rate driving the monitor. I found that the TV PIP picture had a lot of interlace lines. I solved that by setting the PC graphics card to 1024*768, and 60 Hz refresh rate (under advanced, monitor settings.) On the box menu, I set "VGA Ratio" and "Display Ratio" both to 1024*768 60 Hz. Now it works just fine.

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Product Overview

Let your monitor do double-duty! This small sleek box can let you watch TV on your CRT/LCD or any VGA Monitors. Enjoy high-quality viewing pleasure with this external TV Box. It allows you to watch TV, or other video devices on your monitor.

Advanced video processor delivers outstanding video quality that surpasses your home TV! As LCD monitors become more popular and their prices drop drastically, it is the best economical alternative to the expensive LCD TVs. Think about making the most use of your pc monitor in the meantime!


Manufacturer Sabrent
Mfg Part# TV-LCDHR
SKU 207392974
UPC 857161001786
UPC 14 00857161001786
Host Interface VGA
Product Type TV Tuner
Manufacturer Part Number TV-LCDHR
Manufacturer Micropac Technologies
Product Name High Resolution TV Tuner Box
Package Type Retail
Brand Name MPT
Package Contents High Resolution TV Tuner BoxRemote controlPower AdapterVGA CableAV CableAudio CableManualBatteries
Platform Supported PC / Mac
Functions TV Tuning / Video Processing
Form Factor External
Video Formats S-Video
Maximum Resolution 1680 x 1050
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 1 x 15-pin HD-15 VGA In / 1 x Video In / 1 x Video Out / 1 x 15-pin HD-15 VGA Out / 1 x Antenna Input / 2 x Audio In / 1 x Audio Out
Product Type TV Tuner
Manufacturer Part Number TV-LCDHR
Manufacturer Website Address
Manufacturer Sabrent, Inc
Product Model TV-LCDHR
Product Name TV-LCDHR TV Tuner Box
Brand Name Sabrent
Package Contents TV-LCDHR TV Tuner Box Remote Control VGA Cable AV Cable Audio Cable Manual Batteries Power Adaptor
System Requirements LCD or CRT monitor PC or MAC with VGA input
Graphics Resolution 1680 x 1050
Platform Support PC / Mac
Functions TV Tuning / Video Capturing
Video Formats S-Video / Composite Video
Video Features 3D motion adaptive deinterlace Picture in picture 16:9 Mode display
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update: TV PIP on PC desktop by Mike T on Jan 08, 2009

Does what it says, but here's more details by Mike T on Jan 08, 2009