I'm hopeful that the bugs will be worked out because it is the best hope I have seen yet for what I'm trying to accomplish.
I have been hoping
for over a year now.
How do these tuners compare to tv tuners as far as sensitivity?
I firmly believe tuner "sensistivity" is probably at it's peak. Not to say it can't improve, but I doubt there is much difference between any current
tuner (TV, DVR or a stand along). Unlike models from the past 3 to 7 years where improvements have come from each year.
It's not just "sensitivity", it's more so, 'error correction'. You can have all the sensitivity you need, but if the firmware can't handle the errors, you won't get a usable picture.
In spite of this being mostly
a failure as a DVR (so far), the tuner itself is not. (Note I said "mostly")
Nothing can substitute for a good, high mounted rooftop antenna. It's too bad the best one (by far AFAIC) isn't made anymore.
Most of what is out there pales by comparison.
One commenter who lived in the mountains said that the PHD could not pull in stations that a much older tuner could pull in.
There is always exceptions. Without knowing the exact situation, there probably are other
circumstances in his situation.