Watching TV on a PC is easy. But now that homes often have several PCs or laptops, how about trying the Elgato Netstream digital tuner, which can plug into a wireless network and stream live TV around your home? The advantage that this network-attached system offers over a direct-connected adaptor is profound. The streaming of live TV, in unadulterated Mpeg2 broadcast quality, to a PC of any type in the house is a fantastic asset, with two TV tuners to help allay domestic programming conflicts.
Best Digital Home Device 2012: The runners-up
About the PC Advisor Awards 2012
Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.
Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.
That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.
Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.
See techadvisor.co.uk/awards for details on our other award winners