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Apple TV as DVR/PVR?

7204 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2007 11:18 AM by Jeff Greenberg RSS
spiffking03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 5, 2007 4:01 PM
My DVD player/recorder just died on me and I was looking at Apple TV as a replacement option, but I need to be able to record off of the TV. Is it possible to make your Apple TV a DVR? I've seen the El Gato option, but that would take too much time for what I'm looking at
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 5:43 PM (in response to spiffking03)
    Why would it take too much time.
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 6:00 PM (in response to spiffking03)
    Admittedly it takes a little extra time to convert (about 20 minutes for a 1 hour show on my system, longer on others) but the process is completely automatic. Set it to record a show, set it to export to tv, after the show has finished recording it starts the conversion immediately, puts it into itunes and is then available via streaming
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 6:29 PM (in response to spiffking03)
    You record it on your computer, it's automatically added to itunes and hence is automatically available on your tv via the tv.

    If you'd rather have it recorded from your tv, then you want a mac mini under your tv (which will also play your DVD's) using the elagato. Same process, eye tv adds it to itunes from where you can watch it via front row or share it to any other mac/pc in the house through either itunes or front row (mac only).
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 7:12 PM (in response to spiffking03)
    By unit I assume you mean elgato stick. Yes you can't connect anything to the tv itself.
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 8:46 PM (in response to spiffking03)
    Yes that sounds very interesting and quite impressive, elgato and apple have always worked very well together, occasionally they step on each others toes (elgato eyehome was basically a predecessor of the tv in a very limited way)

    That device sounds just what you are looking for, although it still seems to rely on an external device (HD or Mac) to record to, or maybe I'm missing something.
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  • Paramvir Singh Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Nov 15, 2007 7:12 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)
    even I a, looking for something that is a standalone DVR. Like the Elgato EYETV but should have its own internal Hard Disk to record to. So that even when I am away, it shoudl automatically record what I have programmed onto its own hard-disk, something which I can later transfer to my Mac/Burn on DVD. Any solutions like this? as far as I know, none of Elgato's products have a built in recorder.

    Can apple tv do this?
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  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,495 points)
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    Nov 15, 2007 7:18 AM (in response to Paramvir Singh)
    if you can do without having to burn from your mac

    most dvdRecorders today come with 160GB hd's
    as awell as the possiblity to record from their hd to a dvd
    or directly to a dvd
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  • Jeff Greenberg Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
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    Nov 18, 2007 11:18 AM (in response to spiffking03)
    This may be a stupid question, but why not just buy a Tivo?
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