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4.0 out of 5 stars Great product - almost what you need to "cut the cord", March 9, 2011
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This review is from: EyeTV Hybrid (2010) - Hybrid TV tuner stick for Mac & PC (Personal Computers)
To start, I own a Mac and this product, while PC friendly, is made for a Mac. Your experience on a PC may be very different.

I am ever trying to come up with a way to "cut the cord" and this little guy has brought me one step closer. In an effort to pinch every penny out of our budget, my family has often discussed getting rid of cable. For my wife, she wants to watch the "cable shows" and for myself I want to watch sports. We can solve my wife's issue with Hulu and Netflix. My problem, however, is not so easy. That's where the Eye TV Hybrid comes in. Most sports I want to watch will be broadcast by one of the major networks (NBC, CBS,ABC,FOX) and the Eye TV Hybrid allows me to watch all of these stations.

*** PLEASE NOTE - you will need an OTA digital antenna too. The Eye Tv Hybrid is NOT an antenna but rather a product which unscrambles the signal received from the antenna ***

The picture is beautiful and there are no "ghost" images at all. It is almost as good as my FIOS HD TV service - seriously, it is. The included Eye TV software is awesome. It gathers all the needed information and displays the signal in a guide very similar to that of a cable company. VERY easy to use. It is almost a complete replacement of the cable box . . . ALMOST

The first "problem"is that the Eye TV is not a dual tuner. That is, you can not record one show while watching another. Most every cable company provided DVR box has a dual tuner in it and most Americans want this option. As a work around, you could install two Eye TV hybrids. I have not tried this but I hear that it works. Regardless, this is a small issue. Eye TV has a product out in Europe which solves this issue and I assume similar products will make there way to the states.

The second "problem" is software related. To start, the Eye TV software is great. It displays the info in a very nice and easy to use format. It is WAY better looking than the FIOS menu and provides all the detailed information you could want. The "problem" comes in with the need to watch other video content - content not received from the Eye TV Hybrid itself. To watch content on Hulu or Netflix you must exit Eye Tv and open up those other programs. This is time consuming and confuses my wife. On a cable TV setup, we don't need to switch from one program to the other. the remote is all powerful and can access video on demand,live TV,and other such options all from the same setup. It is a very "lazy"way to watch TV, and one that all Americans enjoy. Using Eye TV with Netflix and Hulu takes more effort as you need to become more interactive with the system to find your shows. And this is where my only knock on the Eye TV comes in. While I will gladly move from one program to the other to see all my shows, my wife wants it all in one place. Eye TV needs to come out with a "plug-in" which would include outside signals IN the guide screen. So, when we open the Eye TV guide we see the OTA Digital channels the antenna picks up AND the content from Hulu and Netflix. This would make it an almost perfect replacement of the cable box. Since it does not do this, my wife has yet to let me cut the cord. While there are some software options out there, like Plex, none of them replace the ease of use of the cable box.

Like I said, it is almost what you need to cut the cord. The product works absolutely perfect for what it is advertised to do. Beautiful picture, VERY easy to use. BUT, it is not a cable box replacement. Some software upgrades to the TV guide feature could be a cable killer. Here is hoping for future upgrades in that area.
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