Ok, I have a Sasem Co., Ltd. USB HDTV device since last November when I purchased from copperbox.com (AKA - Advance Logic Inc.), and the experience has been terrible to infrequent software updates, buggy software, and their application development staff uses tools to develop that are at least three years out of date. Thus, one can forget about HT and SP2 support, signed drives, along with standard compliant MSI 3.X installation/updates. Moreover, about BDA support, they have no idea. . . They (OnAir Solution, Co. Ltd.) are just as clueless as Sasem Co., Ltd. that they purchased in February.
It worked so-so with many blow-out when switching from digital to analog; but both the analog and digital (QAM256) reception was of great quality. Attempted to upgrade device to the just released 255 driver (not signed either) along with the 290 application, which trashed with no reception, and no ability to revert to former drivers/applications since I believe it flashed or damaged the firmware of the device. I spent more than twelve hours yesterday (09JUL05) trying to revert back to my working 254 driver and 2.88FINAL application, scrubbing the registry each time, and more, all with no luck.
I need QAM256 support to handle my cable company (Cablevision, Bethpage, NY) for the unencrypted HDTV stations, along with very good analog reception. I rarely time-shift or use any PVR functions. Supporting drivers and applications must be to current Microsoft stands and follow Microsoft guideline for application development, as I use a fairly high-end system with SP2 and HT. I use a DVD-I interconnect between video controller, and a large Samsung LCD panel.
So, below are my options, I believe:
- Purchase a Dvico FusionHDTV 5 GOLD PLUS
- Purchase a Macro Image Technology, Inc. MDP-130/MDP-130DVI Combination
- Purchase a Sharp's LC-26D5U AQUOS Television
- Wait Till August For A Possible CableCard HTPC Tuner Solution
Does the Dvico FusionHDTV 5 GOLD PLUS provide the same reception quality as the Macro Image Technology, Inc. MDP-130/MDP-130DVI Combination? What about drivers and application software, are they equal, are they buggy, and other issues? How is the support and frequency of updates?
What would you do, buy the Dvico FusionHDTV 5 GOLD PLUS or the Macro Image Technology, Inc. MDP-130/MDP-130DVI Combination, and why? On the other hand, would you go the television route or wait?
I would like your comments please!