Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV Tuner for Mac or PC (10021020)
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- The world's smallest hybrid TV tuner stick. Watch, pause, and record live television on a Mac or PC
- Receives unscrambled cable TV, both digital and analog.
- Captures video in standard definition from analog sources with composite/S-video output, such as a set-top box or a VCR
- Compatible with Mac and PC; works great with Windows 7 Media Center.
- On a Mac, edit EyeTV recordings and automatically export to iTunes to sync with Apple devices
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From the Manufacturer
EyeTV Hybrid - All-in-One TV for your Mac or PC
Our smallest hybrid TV tuner ever, the all-new EyeTV Hybrid packs a lot of features into one very small TV stick. Whether you get your TV signal from cable or from an antenna, EyeTV Hybrid delivers a big TV picture live to your Mac or PC. But that's not all - EyeTV Hybrid can capture standard definition video from sources such a set-top box or VCR.
- Elgato's smallest hybrid TV tuner stick - ever
- Receives unscrambled cable TV, both digital and analog
- Receives HDTV channels that are broadcast over-the-air for free
- Captures video in standard resolution from analog sources such as a set-top box or a VCR
- Comes with video cable for composite (RCA) or S-Video and EyeTV remote
- Includes award-winning EyeTV 3 software for Mac
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.
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 to 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.
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.
With one click you can add your recordings to your iTunes library for syncing with your iPhone, iPod or Apple TV. 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 on your iPhone
For Mac users only - the EyeTV Hybrid also works with the new EyeTV app for the iPhone (optional; available at the iTunes App Store). With the EyeTV app, you can watch live TV wherever you have a WiFi connection; around the corner at the coffee shop or around the world.
Also Compatible with Windows 7The all new EyeTV Hybrid is compatible with Windows 7 and works great with Windows Media Center. Thanks to Window 7's plug-and-play configuration for media devices, you'll be using your new EyeTV Hybrid to watch and record your favorite shows before you know it.
- Macintosh: Intel Core processor, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later**
- PC: 2.0 GHz Intel/AMD CPU, Windows 7 Media Center
- 1 GB RAM
- a built-in USB 2.0 port
- Antenna or basic cable connection required but not included
**720p or 1080i HD features require an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
EyeTV Hybrid comes with
- Frequency Range: 48-801 MHz (VHF and UHF)
- Video capture format: H.264 Main Profile, up to 15 Mbps VBR, 1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps max
- Analog TV Standards: NTSC
- Digital TV Standards: ATSC, Clear QAM
Input and Output
- USB 2.0
- Antenna/Cable input: MCX (includes adapter to standard F connector)
- S-Video (via break out cable, included)
- Composite video (via break out cable, included)
- Stereo audio (via break out cable, included)
- IR remote control sensor
Top Customer Reviews
The Software is very good and works intuitively. It takes about ten seconds to figure any one process out. For those who never want to miss a specific program (for example I like The Big Bang Theory) it records and stores TV programs, once set up, without hassle. It will convert recorded programs to formats that one would need for their paritcular set-up (iPad for instance) and will record live programs allowing the viewer to skip back, to catch that particular phrase, or forward, through the commercial you have already seen twenty times. The software gets four out of five stars.
The Hybrid device is a bit of a disappointment. It does convert digital or analog signals and send them to a computer as described but, it does not do a good job with HD signals. HD signals are often pixilated and recorded so that the prgram skips continually. It does not do this all the time, but when it does, the program is not watchable. I give the device two out of five stars.
Many cable companies have rebuilt their cable systems to 870 MHz (EIA Channel 135). The newest cable systems are more than likely constructed to 1000 MHz (EIA Channel 158). This product only scans for Clear QAM services to EIA Channel 125. If your cable operator has Clear QAM channels above EIA 125 you will not be to pick them up with this product. The product description does state this but I did miss it when I ordered it. 1000 MHz cable systems have been built since roughly the year 2005 so this product does seem a little out of date.
The cable company that I work for has Clear QAM channels in the EIA 126 to 130 range so I can not pick them up.
Other than that, this product does seem to work very well on my MacBook Pro and everything else works great! I did email the support group at Elgato about this channel limitation so I will see what happens.
I gave it (3) stars because of this video limitation and the fact that the product does operate at a high temperature. Once again, the description does state the Clear QAM tuner range, which I missed, but this does seem outdated.
I hooked this into a 2010 Mac Mini. It was easy to set up following the set up assistant. However, using the basic channel search failed to find all the new channels. This required that I do the "extensive" search, which took over 2 hours to complete. In the end it was worth it. It found every channel and the picture is very sharp. No lag.
The ability to record shows is so much easier than my old DVR. It's easy to do a search by name or station to find what you want to record and to set up the programing. This has been wonderful. However, there is a downside. There is only one tuner so if you are recording you aren't watching something else. In the past I could just change from my DVR over to the TV and watch, but there is no "cable pass through" with this device, so the only cable input is to EyeTV."
You do need to pay $20/year for the TV Guide channel guide after the first year, but that's a lot cheaper than other services.
We've been using this for 1.5 months now without a problem.