Arrived really quickly and postage free - well done play.com.
Bought this to increase the number of tuners on my MythTV box (from 3 to 4). I plugged it into the aerial feed and the USB socket, and powered the MythBox on. Linux immediately recognised this, and I was able to configure the extra tuner under Myth and have it working inside 5 minutes no problem.
You don't need to compile any drivers as Hardy Heron already has the right drivers build in. (The same is also true of Nova-T 500 PCI).
From a command line, do a ...
dmesg | grep -i 'dvb'
... to see if the system has recognised the tuner OK. You should see messages like ...
dvb-usb: found a 'Hauppauge Nova-T Stick' in warm state.
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
dvb-usb: Hauppauge Nova-T Stick successfully initialized and connected.
I'm currently running kernel level 2.6.24-18-generic. I found that there was a problem with my Nova-T 500 PCI on 2.6.24-19-generic, so I backed off a level, and this fixed the problem.
Were I starting my build from scratch, I would probably standardise on 4 of these USB tuners, keep them outside the box (although heat generation from them is moderate) and hence reduce requirements for PCI slots. Also note that the trend is for motherboards to include several internal USB headers - sometimes as much as 10 USB connections overall, while reducing PCI slots. If you still don't have enough, you could use a powered high-speed USB hub.
External USB would probably be a good option for MiniITX - for example the new Intel Atom would provide a low power solution, but might not have enough oomf for multiple tuners and playback on the same system.
Included in the box is a short USB extension cable, so you don't have to plug this directly into the system unit. This means that you can space these out conveniently e.g. for cooling.
So far I'm very happy with this component. At £17.99 it's much the cheapest standard option, and much the cheapest place to buy.
I have a strong signal feed from my aerial connection, so can't comment on weak signal performance or the little aerial supplied.
I can't comment on the supplied Windows software as I'm operating under Linux.
I don't yet use the remote control (which is NOT a credit card size - it's more of the standard Hauppauge size that comes e.g. with Nova-T 500 PCI). But you probably could use this with LIRC.
For the Nova-T 500 PCI you need to turn on the aerial amplifier, I had already done this and this might be a necessary step for the stick (as I haven't tested this without). To do this ...
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/options
Add: options dvb-usb-dib0700 force_lna_activation=1
If you are adding this into an existing set of tuners, then be aware that it might not become the last tuner on the list. This causes this tuner to appear before the twin tuners of a Nova-T 500 PCI - everything beyond that shifts along a place.
The Nova-T Usb Stick appears as Dibcom 7000
The Nova-T 500 PCI appears as 2 x Dibcom 3000
I am running with at Tuning wait period of 500 mSec. You might or might not need this.
The only drawback that I can see is that for multiple tuners you end up with a lot of extraneous stuff - remotes, little aerials, windows based software etc. I think there used to be a whitebox version that was without remote, still at this price it's hard to go wrong.
Grab these while you can, at this price they won't stay around long.