PCTV 79e Digital USB TV Dongle for Windows

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About this product


Product overview

• Watch live TV on your computer with this USB digital terrestrial TV tuner
• Fully compatible with Windows 8, 7 and XP operating systems and connects via the USB port
• Record, pause and rewind live TV thanks to the supplied TVCentre 6 software
• Includes a mini rod antenna with a coax connection, so you can watch live TV straight away

What can I watch with this TV dongle?
This digital TV dongle is great for anyone who wants to watch and record live TV from your computer or laptop. It connects through a USB socket and is compatible with Windows 8, 7 and XP operating systems. This dongle can tune into digital terrestrial TV (DVB-T) signals, such as Freeview*, so you can have access to a range of channels. A mini rod antenna is included and others can be used due to the universal IEC/coax connection.

To find out what channels you can receive please click here.

Can I record live TV* with this?
Supplied with this TV dongle is a flyer that lists the download location for the TVCentre 6 software. Once you have downloaded and installed this software and connected the tuner to the antenna you can watch TV in full screen or in a window. The software also allows you to record, pause and rewind TV, with the recordings stored directly onto your hard drive.

*Please note that you need to have a TV licence to be able to watch and record live Freeview (HD) TV, even if you are doing so from your computer.





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Operating Specifications

Supported Formats:


Frequency Range:

174 - 862 MHzMHz



USB TV Dongle

Dimensions & Weight






Package Contents:

USB 2.0 TV tuner stick for DVB-T (79e)
Mini rod antenna
Download Flyer for TVCenter 6 with serial number
Quick start guide

System Requirements & Software

Compatible Operating System:

Windows 8
7 and XP

Hardware Requirements:

1.5 Ghz or equivalent processor (minimum)
Graphics/sound controllers with support for DirectX 9 or later
USB 2.0
5GB free space (for Timeshifting and TV recordings)

Can I actually buy one of these? There doesn't appear to be any option to do so on your web site.

Asked by: NoneIusemyfullname
I can answer it myself now - email the local shop for help (they aren't available by phone using my phone).
Answered by: NoneIusemyfullname
Date published: 2016-09-05

will a aerial on the roof do?

Asked by: Lrp55
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-31

do you have to plug an areial in to this product to recieve tv?

Asked by: Lrp55
Yes an aerial will be needed
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-31

I have just bought an all in one PC and would like a USB TV connection. Will this dongle or any other work with windows 10?

Asked by: CWirral
On this occasion Maplin do not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-21

Will this work with my imac

Asked by: jeff
No this will not work with mac.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-07-08

will this unit work with windows 10

Asked by: Mellyfu
This will work with Microsoft Windows Vista or later.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-02

Can you watch films that are on a computer on the TV?

Asked by: Diane1004
This item doesn't allow this, this item allows TV to be viewed on a PC.
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2016-01-03

Will this receive FM and/or DAB Radio

Asked by: peter1066
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-11-28
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