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Watching TV on an Imac

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jamie morgan Calculating status...
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Dec 2, 2006 11:40 AM
Can you record or watch tv through a imac if you can where can you buy it from?
imac 17 with isight 1.83ghz intel core duo 2, Mac OS X (10.4.8), ipod shuffle 1gb # Saving for a Macbook #
  • Red Dwarf Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2006 11:43 AM (in response to jamie morgan)
    Hi jamie,

    Of course you can

    Here's one solution:

    http://www.elgato.com/

    RD
    iMac 17" Intel, PBG4 12" 867MHz, iPod 3G 30GB + lots of other goodies, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 17" MacBook Pro
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    Dec 2, 2006 11:44 AM (in response to jamie morgan)
    Hi,

    This company has several hardware solutions that might help.

    http://elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetvmain2&countrytogo=36&signal=all
    iMac C2D 20" 2.33GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 2GB RAM, ATI X1600 256MB
  • Altered_Ego Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2006 1:13 PM (in response to jules771)
    Thanks! I'm looking to buy an iMac and or Mac Mini next year.. I want a great multimedia setup.
    n/a, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
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    Dec 3, 2006 3:36 AM (in response to Red Dwarf)
    Hi RedDwarf how are you?

    So with this elagto stuff...all you do is plug it in and you get tv???

    cheers jamie
    imac intel core duo "17, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6 (14,890 points)
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    Dec 3, 2006 4:31 AM (in response to jamiedavid)
    Hi RedDwarf how are you?


    I'm fine thanks Jamie. How are you?

    So with this elagto stuff...


    Yeeesss...

    ..all you do is plug it in and you get tv??


    Yup. You just install the software that comes with it, follow the instructions in the manual (you can actually download the manuals from their site to give you an idea of what's involved) and you're done. If you need to receive subscription based channels from Sky, Cable etc then, obviously, you must already have a contract with that service provider.

    cheers jamie


    cheers red dwarf
    iMac 17" Intel, PBG4 12" 867MHz, iPod 3G 30GB + lots of other goodies, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 17" MacBook Pro
  • jules771 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
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    Dec 3, 2006 6:58 AM (in response to jamiedavid)
    One thing to note is that Elgato does not provide the TV signal itself.

    You must have an existing cable or satellite or TV antenna with which you already watch TV.
    iMac C2D 20" 2.33GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 2GB RAM, ATI X1600 256MB
  • mrtotes Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2006 7:30 AM (in response to jules771)
    It's only the US versions that don't come with aerials in the box. That said the included Ae is rubbish...

     

    mrtotes

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    Dec 3, 2006 7:47 PM (in response to jamie morgan)
    I personally own the Elgato EyeTV 250 along with the EyeTV 2 software. Unless you want to pay for an internet TV subscription I would not recommend buying this product to watch TV on your Mac. Using the reciever they have and plugging either cable or composite video cables to it results in a very small sized screen with a very poor resolution. It would make TV almost unbearable to watch.

    I use it along with a composite video splitter to record gameplay footage and such other activities, for which it works great.

    Charlie Fry
    iMac 20" G1, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Altered_Ego Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 3, 2006 8:34 PM (in response to SubcutaneousPhat)
    If it's that bad, why are others recommending it?
    n/a, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • SubcutaneousPhat Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 3, 2006 8:54 PM (in response to Altered_Ego)
    It's not a bad product at all. I like the product and use it frequently. However, do not purchase this product and expect to be able to watch crystal clear television programs at high resolution unless you use the subscription service. When it compresses the video signal you lose a lot of quality.
    iMac 20" G1, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Altered_Ego Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 3, 2006 9:21 PM (in response to SubcutaneousPhat)
    I won't buy it then.
    n/a, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)
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    Dec 4, 2006 1:41 AM (in response to SubcutaneousPhat)
    So are you saying that the 250 doesn't work well in your setting? What is the internet service to which are you referring?

    The video and information on the elgato website paints a much much different picture for the Hybid. It shows full screen, uncompressed, digital and digital HD on an iMac.


    17" iMac Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 1 GB RAM Parallels/XP Pro/Vista RC1
  • D_B Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2006 9:04 AM (in response to jamie morgan)
    I have the eyeTV 250, no problems here. Great picture through the eyeTV tuner and through the composite (which comes through a digital cable box).
    MacIntel
  • Chris Blackwell1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2006 11:30 AM (in response to D_B)
    I have the Elgato EyeTV 250 Hybrid on a 24" Imac. Full picture TV at fab quality here!
    Intel 24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
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