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Elgato EyeTV HD DVR for HD Cable and Satellite TV for Macintosh (10021040)

by Elgato
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  • Captures premium television content in full HD from cable and satellite receivers
  • Records in pristine H.264 format for a crystal clear digital picture
  • Includes an infrared remote and channel changer cable (IR blaster) for automatic control of the set top box.
  • Comes with EyeTV 3 software for Mac; cables for component, composite (RCA), S-Video and stereo audio
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 7.9 x 9.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003MVYTBU
  • Item model number: 10021040
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,715 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 20, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

EyeTV HD - The Ultimate Mac DVR for Premium Cable or Satellite TV

Watch, edit and enjoy cable and satellite television in high-definition with EyeTV HD, a full-featured DVR for your Mac. EyeTV HD is the only solution that gives you full access to all your premium content by connecting your Mac directly to your cable or satellite receiver. EyeTV HD comes with an infrared remote and channel changer cable ('IR blaster') for automatic control of the receiver.

Highlights

EyeTV HD
  • Captures premium television content in full HD from cable and satellite receivers
  • Records in pristine H.264 format for a crystal clear digital picture
  • Features a unique dual-format capture mode for fast playback on an iPhone and iPad
  • Includes an infrared remote and channel changer cable (IR blaster) for automatic control of the receiver

Superb quality digital TV recordings

EyeTV HD records in the pristine H.264 format for a crystal clear, high-definition digital picture.The H.264 format delivers beautiful image quality and a superb compression ratio, which produces smaller file size when compared to MPEG-2 recordings. H.264 can match the best possible MPEG-2 quality at up to half the data rate.

Unique dual-format capture mode

EyeTV HD has a unique dual-format capture mode that enables you to record in the iPad and iPhone formats at the same time. This feature enables super-fast exports to iTunes from EyeTV, and facilitates the streaming of live and recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad using the optional EyeTV app

Easy Setup

Easy Setup

EyeTV HD is easy to setup and use; simply connect the EyeTV HD to the outputs of your cable or satellite receiver with the included component cables, and to your Mac via USB. Then position the included infrared channel changer cable nearby. The EyeTV software setup assistant takes you through a simple configuration process and in just a few minutes you'll be enjoying all your premium content like never before.

enjoy

watch

Watch, pause, and rewind live television on your Mac at your desk or from the comfort of your couch. Sit at your desk and navigate the resizable window with a mouse, or go full screen and stretch out on the couch with the included remote control. EyeTV’s gorgeous on-screen menus makes it easy to channel surf and move through the Program Guide and menus in the comfort of your living room.

TV Guide

record

EyeTV features a comprehensive built-in program guide, with detailed listings provided by TV Guide*.

You can easily record any show with one click. Even set up automatic schedules record your favorite series, or create Smart Schedules to record just the shows you like.

*includes one year of free service with optional renewal for only US $19.95 per year.

watch

edit

Use EyeTV’s built-in Editor to remove unwanted content from your recording, or to crop the beginning and end of the show. The Editor also enables you to create one or more short clips from a longer recording and save the clips individually as new EyeTV recordings.

enjoy

With one click you can add your recordings to your iTunes library for syncing with your iPhone, iPad and more. Take your recordings wherever you go. Watch your recordings on your big-screen television with an Apple TV. Build up your iTunes library with all your favorites. EyeTV can even handle the exporting automatically when recordings finish, so it doesn't take any clicks at all.

EyeTV with iPad

EyeTV on your iPhone and iPad

The EyeTV HD also works with the optional EyeTV app for the iPhone and iPad (available at the iTunes App Store). With the EyeTV app, you can stream live or recorded TV wherever you have a WiFi or 3G connection; around the corner at the coffee shop or around the world.

How the EyeTV HD hooks up

EyeTV HD comes with

System Requirements

  • Macintosh 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Built-in USB 2.0 port
  • Cable or satellite receiver with analog video and audio outputs (component output required for HD)
  • Internet connection required to download Program Guide data

Technical Specifications

  • Input formats: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, and 1080i video signals
  • Video capture format: H.264 Main Profile, up to 15 Mbps VBR, 1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps max
  • Audio capture format: AAC-LC, stereo, 160 Kbps, 48 kHz
  • Video inputs: Component (YPbPr), Composite and S-Video
  • Audio inputs: RCA stereo audio
  • Set top box control: via included IR remote control emitter

Product Description

EyeTV HD is the only solution that gives you full access to all your premium content by connecting your Mac directly to your cable or satellite receiver. EyeTV HD comes with an infrared remote and channel changer cable (“IR blaster”) for automatic control of the receiver. EyeTV HD also features a unique dual-format capture mode that records in the iPad and iPhone formats at the same time. This feature supports super-fast exports to iTunes from EyeTV, and facilitates the streaming of live and recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad using the optional EyeTV app.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I've had mine for years now and it has worked great for me.
Jeffrey F Knakal
So, at this point, after many hours of searching for answers to this problem, I figured an email to TECH SUPPORT AT ELGATO was in order.
dogma39
The EyeTV HD works just like a stand-alone DVR, but only one program can be recorded at a time.
L. Abate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

100 of 108 people found the following review helpful By L. Abate on June 7, 2010
This review taken verbatim from my tech column... Overall, great product but requires some computing horsepower to really shine.

Last week, Elgato announced a new TV tuner/DVR solution for the Mac. It is called the EyeTV HD and pulls 720p HD cable content right from your cable box. The device was born out of the need to get television shows and movies out of the living room and on to the multitude of devices people are using to get their daily fix.

After one week of using the EyeTV HD, I have come to the conclusion that for Mac users, there is no better way to move content from cable box to computer. Initial setup time is less than 15 minutes and is very straightforward. As soon as the cables are connected and software installed, the little guy can be put to work recording content to your computer's hard drive. By using an IR blaster to control the cable box, cannels can be switched by the EyeTV software, thus enabling scheduled recording- just like a standard DVR. The programming guide is powered by TVGuide and matched up accurately with my FiOS on-screen listings. This service is subscription based ($19.99/year) but Elgato includes one free year with hardware purchases.

Programs can be recorded manually, or by adding them to the record schedule. The EyeTV HD works just like a stand-alone DVR, but only one program can be recorded at a time. Content is stored in a proprietary EyeTV format that weighs in at about 5GB per hour- small hard drives need not apply. To set up a recording, all it takes is a click on the record icon located beneath the show listing, the EyeTV software does the rest.

Once recorded, content is converted for playback on the iPhone, iPad, or both.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By davey b. on July 9, 2010
Have this hooked up to an intel Mac Mini that meets the minumum cpu speed specification. I'm learning more about this product and have updated this review three times. Overall very happy with the product, this should not be considered a negative review, although I talk about the areas I am having problems.

The product provides an excellent picture up to 1080i and de-interlaces the output realtime. I used a higher quality component cable than the one that came with the unit, and was able to improve the DVR picture slightly but perceptibly. Could not find my cable box (Mediacom in California, Pace DC700X HD) listed, but was able to snoop around and found settings designed for another set top that worked without too much effort. TVGuide had a couple of the HD channels mis-scheduled or mislabeled for my cable provider. El Gato contacted TVGuide for me and had the schedule repaired. TVGuide was slow (took over a month) but El Gato was very responsive with keeping me updated and letting me know when the guide was fixed. Meanwhile the EyeTV software had the scheduling flexibility to work around the inconvenient annoying problems with the schedule guide once I understood them.

The remote that comes with the unit initially had a serious problem but el gato fixed it with a SW update. The supplied remote still seems to be a bit weak and highly directionally sensitive at about 18 ft. I prefer my apple remotes that came with my computers as they work better and control the EyeTV software adequately. These are $20 from Apple. Some important common functions however on Apple's remote require you to hold down a button, and if you forget you will get sent into FrontRow, Apple's bundled multimedia player software.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Murphy on August 17, 2010
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The EyeTV HD is an outstanding little product.

I purchased the EyeTV HD after waiting patiently for several years for DirecTV to offer their DirecTV2PC service to Mac users. After using EyeTV, I realized that I wouldn't want DirecTV2PC even if it were available. EyeTV's DVR software is far better than TiVo or DirecTV DVR, granted that's mainly because it can be controlled with a keyboard and mouse, but also because of additional features like custom channel lists and advanced searching.

I originally thought I wouldn't be able to use the EyeTV HD as my computer was slightly slower than the product's minimum system requirements (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, I have a 2.16GHz). I contacted Elgato asking if it would still work, and received a prompt response explaining that I may not be able to use progressive deinterlacing, which is indeed the case (unless I have absolutely nothing else running). The motion-adaptive deinterlacing works just fine, though.

My only complaint is that the only audio in is stereo RCA, and does not support digital audio. I'd also like to see a dual tuner model, although I'd need a new competur before then.

I was skeptical of using component video (HDMI is not possible because of copy protection). I use a Samsung P2770HD display, so I can switch between EyeTV and my DirecTV reciever (HDMI direct to display), and EyeTV actually looks better.

This product does everything I need it to and more. Bottom line: EyeTV HD is a great product and value.
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