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Compro T750

Changing the channel when you are on your PC is insanely easy and all you have to do is right-click, scroll to channel and choose from the names. Analogue isn’t as easy as you have to either put up with ambiguous ‘CH1’ or go through each channel and manually change its name. I decided to leave analogue alone as a result. Once you have scanned for channels, you can also choose whether or not to show them as you can choose a favourites list, and you can also make certain channels locked. This means that without the password, that channel can’t be unlocked and watched. Nice little feature if you have questionable channels (whether i
be genocide documentaries or consenting adult dancing) and kids. Each channel can also have standard video filters (brightness, hue, contrast etc.) applied to them on an individual basis.

Compro T750
Click to enlarge – Poor analogue broadcast quality (not the T750’s fault)

Changing the channel using the remote is quick and easy, although if you get a little excited and quickly scroll through channels, I found that the ComproDTV program would crash which is quite annoying when you are sat on your sofa and have to get up to restart it. Changing channel isn’t instantaneous and there are a good few seconds before the next channel shows up (for digital broadcasts, analogue is almost instantaneous). Another nice little feature is the last viewed channel button which allows you to flip between the previously viewed channel and the current one. This is especially appreciated during an ad break where the barrage of beauty and debt consolidation ads can be avoided.

Compro T750
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An interesting feature is the channel surfing option. This loads up screenshots of loads of different channels in one window which allows you to choose what you want to view next. While this sounds like a really good idea, it takes a considerable amount of time to tune to each channel, snap a picture, display it and then get the next. By the time the screen is fully populated the first screenshot is out of date by nearing a 30 seconds. I found that this function also crashes the program every now and again until you restart your PC, especially with digital channels. I used this function once as a result.

Compro T750
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When you first skip to another channel, you get a now and next OSD which tells you the name of the current program and what is going to follow. Annoyingly, there is no time displayed on the screen which means it’s hard to tell when the program is going to end. Also, I couldn’t find a way to show this display once you have been watching the same program for a while.

You can use the EPG which isn’t the most attractive, or the best laid out affair but does the trick if you really want to know what is going to be on next. You can skip through channels easily and view the days programming.

The quality of the onscreen image is very nice, and put my aging CRT video/TV combo unit to shame. Watching TV on your PC for the first time felt really strange, as it was like watching a video rather than a live broadcast. After a few continuous days of PC TV watching, this feeling is no longer apparent.

If you are hard of hearing or just like them (like myself; every channel I watch has subtitles on automatically) turning subtitles on and off is simple. There is a remote control button for it, or use the right-click menu on your PC.

For channels which broadcast more than one video at once, you can use picture in picture functionality where you can have several windows all tuned to the same channel but displaying different video feeds from it. Also, if you want to (I don’t know why) but you can make your desktop the TV channel menu thanks to Active Desktop. Doesn’t really have much of a point, but does look quite cool.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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