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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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Product Description


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.

EyeTV Hybrid


  • 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.

TV Guide


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.

Compatible with Windows 7

Also Compatible with Windows 7

The 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.

System Requirements

  • 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

Technical Specifications


  • 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

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.5 x 2.4 x 8 inches
Item Weight 10.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces
Item model number 10021020
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #39 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > External TV Tuners
#872 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > External Components
Date first available at Amazon.com October 22, 2009

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By Steugh on September 17, 2010
We bought this device as a replacement for TiVo once we upgraded to HD and our old Series 2 wouldn't support HD. We are very pleased with how this device has met our needs for personal recordings. This is definitely something we would recommend to others.

I read complaints about the subscription cost for the TV-Guide information. $20/year is very low, especially compared to TiVo's $13/month. Besides, this information is just a convenience. You may choose not to maintain this subscription and schedule all manual recordings. But to me, the low annual cost is well worth the convenience of scheduling a season recording.

Some reviews comment that recordings are pixelated or lagging. I personally haven't seen it lag at all. I have seen it pixelated, but this wasn't the fault of the software. Instead, it was related to my placement of the rabbit ears. The software can't record better than the signal it is receiving. Once I moved my rabbit ears to a better position, I haven't had one bit of trouble with pixelation.

There are other complaints that the file sizes are huge. Of course they are, you are recording HD video. The product is doing what it is supposed to do. We are using a Mac mini to serve as our DVR box, so we have 1TB of space to work with. We upgraded to this model so that space would not be a concern. This should be plenty as long as you are keeping up with watching and deleting your recordings. The Mac mini also comes with a Mini Display to HDMI adapter, so I can hook it up to my existing home theater configuration with little work. The picture is great!

We have used this configuration to record many shows that broadcast when we were not home and had not been home for hours. The computer has woken up on time for every recording.
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This is an amazing product. Using my over-powered iMac as a DVR and to watch live over-the-air TV content FOR FREE--now that's the kind of thing all this technology was supposed to do for us!
EyeTV's software is very, very user-friendly. After picking up a $40 UHF/VHF antennae I set it up, opened the EyeTV box, screwed the cable adapter into the EyeTV, connected it to the antenna cable, plugged the EyeTV into my iMac, opened the software, and in a few minutes it had found about 35 over-the-air stations. It took only a few minutes to schedule my first recording.

Then I opened the live stream of a football game, so I tuned my old TV to the other game of the afternoon and checked scores for both games at once during breaks in my chore routine. Then I remembered that I could pause and record the live stream on my iMac, so I that game later.

The hiccups caused by my slow internet connection are gone in recordings (of course EyeTV can't fix my DSL), so I tend to use the live recording function to watch live TV without buffering. In order to watch it all from the couch instead of at my desk I'm going to spring for an HDTV to connect to the computer. I have yet to use the remote for the EyeTV or my Apple remote, but I'm confident they'll work just fine.

Still, the antenna gives me about 80% of the programming I want and almost all the cable-only content is online for free. I'm looking into software that can capture all streaming online video; then my joy will be complete.

I hear that the biggest challenge with EyeTV is when your over-the-air reception is dicey. If you're worried that you won't get enough channels you can buy an antenna from an electronics store and connect it to your TV to check your reception before you spring for the EyeTV.
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I bought a second Elgato EyeTV Hybrid to see if I could operate 2 tuners at the same time (i.e., record two programs at the same time or watch one, record another). Works like a charm. EyeTV3 software recognizes both tuners and programs appropriately.
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The good side of the Elgato Hybrid is that it's compact, easy to set up and the perfect way to watch TV on your Mac . . . when it works. The bad side is that it's fairly expensive and much too cheaply made for the price. I purchased one that worked great for a few weeks, then simply stopped functioning. I received TWO further replacements within the warranty period, and both of them stopped working after a few weeks. The last replacement, although only 4 weeks old, was out of the original warranty time. The unit gets very hot while operating and my guess is that the circuits melt. In any case, the fact that you'll need to be replacing the unit every 6 to 8 weeks absolutely negates any pros. I think most online reviews failed to test the units over a reasonable period of time. Out of the box,the Hybrid is great. Six weeks later it's pretty much trash. Elgato needs to raise their production quality standards and build a functional, durable unit for the price. There's a lot of potential in the Hybrid - it's a shame.
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I join the many others who like the product until it died--13 months after purchase (the warranty is a 12 month warranty). It's a flimsy product, so I treated it with delicate hands and only I handled it, but still it failed.

Service through El Gato is ridiculously complex. After creating a service ticket, I was asked to do hours of PRAM reset, system profiles, etc, then resetting of my iMac's systems, all for a little gnat of a device that should be built well enough to deliver more than a year of service. Service and support failed.

My advice is that you don't waste your money. Perhaps El Gato will come out with a sturdier product in the future.
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