AutumnWave OnAir GT HDTV Receiver Review


Black box that ROX!

The world is changing.  Over-the-air HDTV broadcasting is coming at you like a freight train, so you’ll be able to tune in to digital TV no matter where you travel in the US (read about the mandatory HDTV deadline here).

Many people bring several portable devices with them to keep themselves entertained (usually when they would otherwise be bored out of their skulls).  Just about every form of entertainment now comes in a portable form… you can put your music on an iPod or other MP3 player, play your favorite movies in the car with a portable DVD player, and you can even bring along a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS to game while you’re on the go.  Let us not forget the road warrior or nomad student who is constantly on the move.  Why not have portable TV to tap into all of that new digital content floating around in our atmosphere?


The AutumnWave OnAir GT is a new USB device that transforms your laptop into a full-blown HDTV PVR. There are several products competing in this space (like Pinnacle’s PCTV HD reviewed here), so what makes the OnAirGT worth your time?

It connects using a USB cable, so it is universally compatible with any laptop or PC made in the past 10 years (assuming it has the horsepower).


  • Watch HDTV in full screen or in a window
  • Receive local TV stations broadcasting free HDTV (or use a cable connection supporting QAM)
  • Record or playback your favorite show in full High Definition
  • Pause and Resume Digital TV
  • No Internet connection or satellite required
  • Includes nVidia PureVideo Decoder license, which provides superb quality and Dolby 5.1 audio
  • No subscription fees
  • Full-size programmable remote control
  • Self-powered by USB port
  • Uses same LG tuner found in $5000 HDTV sets (which improves reception and functionality over a silicon-based ‘stick’ tuner)
  • Can accept input from S-Video, Composite Video, Left/Right audio connections
  • Uses either included antenna or existing cable TV jack to tune Digital and Analog TV


HDTV (ATSC / Analog TV (NTSC) / QAM Digital Cable

Playback Features

Recording Features

Audio and Video Features

User-Friendly Features


  • A Desktop or Laptop computer
  • 1GHz or faster CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Windows Vista, XP (SP2), or 2000 (SP4)
  • A USB 2.0 port (most computers built since 2004 have at least one)
  • A video card supporting DirectX 9 or higher
  • Driver and Software (included with the OnAir GT)