It seems that every product I've seen to enable me to watch television on my iMac has some sort of tuner gizmo with it, enabling all sorts of nice features... but I already have a Comcast DVR box with a lot of those gizmos in it already. The Comcast box is my cable box. If I were to buy any of these new Mac TV gizmos would that be a problem? Any recommendations? I just want to use my nice 24" iMac for a high definition television if I can!<br><br>Thanks<br><br>Reukeboom<br><br>
my solution was to buy a second display on my Mac Pro. it is a Dell and i can use PiP to watch television (it has S-Video in). technically it's not on my Mac, but it's on my display so it works. can an iMac have a second display?<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
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I have the EyeTV Hybrid. El Gato has solutions for just about any kind of setup and if you bought a tuner for the Mac it would just be spliced in between the DVR and your iMac. Your recordings would be captured and managed upstream of the new tuner and you would definitely be able to record one channel (on the DVR) while watching another channel on the Mac.<br><br>The Hybrid comes with a decent software package, enabling DVR-like features on my iMac. It also exports iPhone/Touch versions of recorded video and can also hand off recordings to toast for burning. The only nit I have with the package is El Gato's choice of TV Guides. They use Titan and they're still stuck in Web 1.0 and provides little to no programming information.<br><br>The Hybrid supports HD signals but I'm on Time-Warner where HD is on a separate tier so I have no way of testing how well it decodes HD television broadcasts. The Hybrid also supports over-the-air broadcasts of HD but I haven't connected the little external HD antenna and tuned in what's available locally. I suppose I should get around to testing that part of the system.<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
It will work with an EyeTV product like mentioned above, but remember, you'll still need to change channels on the Comcast box, the tuner on the EyeTV product will always be at 3 or 4. If you bypass the Comcast box the tuner on the computer will get basic channels probably but not the same as a full blown cable box. <br><br>Your Comcast box will record, so if all you're going to do watch and not record the Hybrid will be fine.<br><br>------>#1 - JD's Trivia game<br><br>------>#2 - MM-MCF Trivia game
so, i have Comcast for internet and DirecTV for television. i just found out i have basic cable through Comcast even though i am not paying for it. so, would EyeTV work on my computer with DirecTV or does it have to be via Comcast since that's the internet connection?<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
You don't need an internet connection to use the EyeTV unit, you can even use an antenna. Anything that will plug into the TV and play will plug into the EyeTV unit and play/record on the computer.<br><br>In your case with the Comcast cable you would change the channels on the EyeTV tuner with the EyeTV computer software. With the Dish signal the EyeTV tuner would stay on 3 or 4.<br><br>The difference in the EyeTV units is the EyeTV 250 plus uses a built in hardware encoder while the Hybrid uses your computer processor to process the video and encode it. The Hybrid is more compact, but at a price, you will notice a performance hit if doing something else while recording or watching with the Hybrid.<br><br>Here's a comparison.<br><br>http://faq.elgato.com/index.php/faq/more/579/<br><br>HTH<br><br>------>#1 - JD's Trivia game<br><br>------>#2 - MM-MCF Trivia game<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Reboot on 06/22/08 04:09 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
I really like my EyeTV Hybrid (with rabbit ears) but FYI, AFAIK, ElGato tuners still don't do anything with protected content--digital yes, protected no.<br><br>nagr[color:red]o</font color=red>mme<br><br>I require stroyent!<br>TeamMacOSX.com | MacClan.net
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