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Can I use an iMac as a TV?

4115 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2009 9:30 PM by Linda Custer RSS
rcook349 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 28, 2009 6:08 PM
I'm thinking about buying an iMac. Would we be able to run a line from our DirecTV set top box into it somehow (i.e. pass-through mode) or something like that?

It would be a waste for our kids to have also have to have a TV in their play area.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Lasey L. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 6:15 PM (in response to rcook349)
    You're giving your kids a brand new computer in their play area?
    considering iMac
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,450 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 6:33 PM (in response to rcook349)
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz;4GB RAM;Nvidia 9400, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 3G iPhone-Mac Mini Core2 Duo 2Ghz; 2GB RAM Eyetv w/USB HYbrid
  • mlk Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2009 6:11 PM (in response to Johnathan Burger)
    I tried tubestick and found the picture "jittery". I also thought it was confusing to get cable up and running on my imac. Can you give your impressions of elgato, and do you connect your cable form the wall into the device? Thanks.
    Intel Mac G5, MacBook Pro 2.8, iPhone3Gs, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Linda Custer Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:30 PM (in response to rcook349)
    The new 27" (only) iMacs can accept an HDMI input directly to the screen. If your DirecTV system has HDMI out, then YES you can connect it to the iMac and have it appear.

    Otherwise, as the other replies have mentioned, you will need to use some sort of USB adapter.
    MBP unibody (late 2008) 2.8; MBA (original); Mac mini (original), Mac OS X (10.6.1), Dell 30" Display; Apple 24" LED Cinema; iPhone 3GS/32; TV; TimeCapsule 1 TB


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