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Mr. Anderson
Nov 30, 2002, 11:06 AM
Ok, this is somewhat interesting and I'm wondering why Apple with their MPEG QuickTime options haven't arleady done it - especially since regular tvs have only 640x480 res - you can get a lot of mileage on a 120 Gig disk. But I wonder if you'd be able to switch channels with the software or have to do it manually. The interface they talk about has buttons on the tower, not what I would want. Go all software, including the cable box interface and you could have a very cool system - add an extra monitor and you'd have the perfect setup.


Nov 30, 2002, 11:29 AM
apples been there, done that. years ago.

Mac TV (http://www.lowendmac.com/500/mactv.shtml)

Nov 30, 2002, 11:53 AM
Not to mention the TAM (http://www.apple-history.com/quickgallery.html?where=aniversary.html) also had one. I myself used to use an ixTV card in my old powermac 7500, and now I use EyeTV. The only thing that bugs me about TV cards is MPEG recording, and Quicktime 5/6's bug with MPEG audio. It takes forever to demultiplex and convert so you can keep the audio.

Nov 30, 2002, 12:06 PM
You can already do that with some third-party hardware and software right now, I do it.
But that Media Centre XP is pretty slick I gotta say.
If it wasn't from MS and you could get it seperate from a whole computer, I might consider it.

Nov 30, 2002, 08:51 PM
Anybody using Eye TV?

Dec 1, 2002, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by wdlove
Anybody using Eye TV?
Yes. I just wish it used something other than MPEG1. Its hell for my hard drive, and I can't compress it without going through several tedious steps.

Dec 1, 2002, 01:24 PM
How much Hard Drive space does it use? Is it doing any actual damage to your Hard Drive? Thank you for your imput! :)

Mr. Anderson
Dec 1, 2002, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by idkew
apples been there, done that. years ago.

But this is quite a bit of a step up from that - I even saw the ad on TV recently and it has some nice appeal. It would require an actual test drive though - but I'm thinking the software and hardware available today make it a much more practical - and the fact that the price isn't too bad either.