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redAPPLE
Oct 22, 2002, 02:22 PM
hi guys.

is there anyway to watch cable tv on a g3 imac?

is there a converter, which could make this possible?

my bro has a small apartment, he does not have enough space for a tv and a computer, come to think of it, he does not have the money for both, too.

maybe, someone owns something like this, or knows of such a converter, in which, he can connect the cable tv wire to a machine, and the machine is connected to the firewire connection...

thx for reading. and more thx if you can give suggestions.

GeeYouEye
Oct 22, 2002, 02:38 PM
ATi makes (or made) a PCI TV tuner card that would let you watch TV on your computer. Heck, Apple even made a couple models with that card, or one like it. It was unimaginatively named Mac TV. It's a kinda old computer, but if TV and some basic word processing is all it'll be used for (no OS X), that could work.

ibookin'
Oct 22, 2002, 02:42 PM
It depends on which G3 iMac it is. If it has a Firewire port, then Formac sells a converter that also allows you to capture analog video to your Mac. If it has no Firewire port, I've heard of USB solutions, but can't think of any.

Link to the Formac (http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters_studiodvtv)

ibookin'
Oct 22, 2002, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by GeeYouEye
ATi makes (or made) a PCI TV tuner card that would let you watch TV on your computer.

Except it won't work on an iMac because the iMac has no PCI slot.

vniow
Oct 22, 2002, 02:58 PM
click me (http://www.elgato.com/eyeTV/)

alex_ant
Oct 22, 2002, 04:19 PM
The EyeTV is nice, also look at the Eskape Labs MyTV. Both are USB and both have OS X drivers. I'm not sure how well USB video capture thingies work or what the video quality or CPU usage is like, but they're certainly cheap enough. (At least the MyTV is)

redAPPLE
Oct 23, 2002, 05:24 AM
thx for the info guys.

i am also thinking about how the video quality on a usb connected converter would be like.

redAPPLE
Oct 23, 2002, 05:25 AM
btw, the imac is a g3 imac dv+ (i think they called it)

it has a dvd drive and firewire connection.

kansaigaijin
Oct 23, 2002, 06:34 AM
Capty TV , search for it sorry cant find the link now

vniow
Oct 23, 2002, 11:02 AM
Originally posted by kansaigaijin
Capty TV , search for it sorry cant find the link now

I think it'a Japan only so I don't know if it'll work for US signals.
I also read somewhere that it's PCI too so it won't work on an iMac if that's true.
Plus it looks like it's only in OS9.

Here's (http://www.pixela.co.jp/MPTV/PIXMPTVU1M/) a link anywayz. http://img.ranchoweb.com/images/veronica/smiley.gif

macmax
Oct 23, 2002, 11:35 AM
it is called cateye you can find it in apple.com
here, http://guide.apple.com/index.lasso
there it is.