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Geniatech PT115m and PT115e USB DVB-T Sticks Let You Watch Digital TV on Tablets and mini PCs

Last month, I wrote about Geniatech WiTV, a device with a DVB-T or ISBT tuner acting as a Wi-Fi access point that let you watch TV on any Wi-Fi enabled devices. I’ve just discovered Geniatech PT115m (microUSB) and PT115e (USB), tinier and probably cheaper products, which allow you to watch free-to-air channel (DVB-T) by connecting them to the USB or microUSB port of your tablet or mini PC.

PT115m USB DVB-T Stick Connected to a Tablet

PT115m USB DVB-T Stick Connected to a Tablet

Both devices have the following key features and specifications:

  • Geniatech HiDTV app for Android
  • Watch DVB-T TV on Android tablet, with support for Electronic Program Guide, HDTV (1080i), and Automatic Station Searching
  • Digital Personal Video Recording
  • Input Terminal – VHF/UHF,  Receive Frequency – TV 48.25 ~ 863.25 MHz
  • DVB-T Compliant,  2K to 8K FFT Size, Punctured Codes: 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 4/5, 5/6 and 7/8, Bandwidth: 6/7/8 MHz
  • Stream capture – PES & TS
  • Video Format – mpg-II Main Profile & Main Level/H.264 Mpeg4 AVC
  • Audio Format – mpg-II Audio Layer I & II

Beside the micro USB and USB difference, PT115m seems to come with its own antenna, but PT115e connects an external antenna which possibly a better reception.

PT115e Connected to Tablet (left), and PT115m (Right)

PT115e Connected to Tablet (left), and PT115m (Right)

The sticks need a kernel driver to work properly. This driver is said to be present in AMLogic devices, and in some Rockchip devices. For SD resolution, an Android 4.0 tablet powered by Cortex A8 processor is sufficient, but for HDTV, you’ll need a dual core Cortex A9 processor with 512MB RAM, and a resolution of 1024*600 or greater.

Here’s a demo with what looks like PT115e model.

DVB-T on Android is not new, as some XDA members wrote tools and apps for DVB-T support on Archos Gen 8 tablets, but interest seems to have faded, and other DVB-T dongles available are usually larger.

The products were apparently announced at the end of the last, but I can’t find anything on Aliexpress, so it may not be for sale right now. You can find further information on Geniatech’s TV tuners for Android page.

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  1. May 26th, 2013 at 16:10 | #1

    I’ve just found another device with similar features called Tivizen pico http://www.tivizen.com/icube/pico/index.html
    It’s available on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/iCube-GmbH-0541-Tivizen-Android/dp/B0087IUH50

  2. Javi
    May 27th, 2013 at 07:34 | #2

    A pity Geniatech people is so s****d and as think they are GOD don’t know how to support customers… I hope another launch this product and I’ll test, but Geniatech? No thanks!

  3. Javi
    May 27th, 2013 at 07:36 | #3

    cnxsoft :
    I’ve just found another device with similar features called Tivizen pico http://www.tivizen.com/icube/pico/index.html
    It’s available on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/iCube-GmbH-0541-Tivizen-Android/dp/B0087IUH50

    There are someone more, I was researching about this last week. Also there are some manufacturers that can offer Linux drivers.. if someone knows how to use for Android I know at least 2.

  4. December 5th, 2013 at 17:20 | #4

    The app (PAD Tv) for PT115 devices is now available on Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geniatech.padtv

    Too bad it’s still impossible to buy the devices.

  5. onebir
    January 18th, 2014 at 18:35 | #5

    Any sign of these on sale? Also what’s the chipset? (Wondering if it’s supported in linux too…)

  6. onebir
  7. January 19th, 2014 at 10:05 | #7

    @onebir
    Chipset: ITE PT115 on MyGica website.
    There’s no PT115, but it could be one of the product found @ http://www.ite.com.tw/EN/products_kind.aspx?CategoryID=6

  1. June 13th, 2013 at 21:11 | #1
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  3. February 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 | #3