Asus adds HD tuner support to Eee PC

Asus Eee 701
Asus provided their tiny Eee PC with 3 USB 2.0 ports in order to make it on par with most other notebooks on the market, however it has been lacking in support for many popular peripherals such as TV tuners. It now seems that Asus is updating the Linux drivers for it’s My Cinema U3100 Mini DVB-T and DMB-TH tuners.

Preliminary testing shows that the driver and software work well, but H.264 software decoding was unavailable, so HDTV channels that broadcast in that format will not play on the Eee. Channels sent over in MPEG-2 work just fine, and play back correctly. The one drawback is that the software is missing a recording function, but then again, the Eee isn’t exactly designed to be a media center, so that probably won’t be much of an issue.

This update makes the already attractive Eee PC a little more interesting for many customers.