Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2011 3:53 AM (in response to IluvmyiPAD)
The solution I used was to obtain a digital cable convertor box from my cable provider and then buy a computer TV tuner like an El Gato "Eye TV" model and connect the digital cable convertor box to the Eye TV with a coaxial cable, and connect the Eye TV box to your computer over a USB cable. Then install the Eye TV software that comes with it and you're set. It's worked great for me for years. (Our cable provider, Comcast, provides us with up to two digital cable convertor boxes s at no extra monthly charge,)
Hope this helps
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2011 5:02 AM (in response to IluvmyiPAD)
2011 ThunderBolt iMac only accept other ThunderBolt Macs as source.
The Intensity Extreme http://www.blackmagic-design.com/uk/products/intensity/ might be what you need once it is released.
For the 2009 and 2010 27" iMacs there is the Kanex XDhttp://www.kanexlive.com/xd but it is not compatible with ThunderBolt iMacs as Kanex states in their Product FAQs.
Plus it maxes out with 720p input with the iMacs.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2011 4:22 AM (in response to Fortuny)
Stefan ... thank you VERY much for the feedback. Kanex definately confirmed that I can not use their product with the 2011 ThunderBolt 21.5" iMAC. I have an email off to the tech support for blackmagic-design.com to see if their product called Intensity Extreme will solve my problem. Once I hear back from Intensity Extreme, I will post their answer here. I guess my next question is, if the Intensity Extreme works, how do I switch back and forth between my iMAC computer session and my ThunderBolt Cable TV input? Is this something you can answer for me?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2011 4:31 AM (in response to IluvmyiPAD)
Like said until the Intensity Extreme is released only BlackMagic knows what it can or cannot.
It looks like a very interesting piece but not there yet...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2011 8:09 PM (in response to IluvmyiPAD)
Well I wound up going with EyeTV and it works PERFECT on my 2011 iMAC.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to IluvmyiPAD)
I managed to get the AVC Browser from the Apple Developers website (you have to register first). It recongnized my Scientic Atlant (Rogers) Cable box but when I tried to watch TV using VLC, all I got in VLC was a text message shhowing a port number - no picture. I think AVC is working because I was able to change channels on the cable box using AVC. I just can't get a picture ....