View Full Version : Do you use ATV to save and watch TV shows recorded off the air?

Jun 25, 2009, 07:25 AM
And if so, how do you do it?! I know I can buy TV series at a highly inflated price, but I'd love to be able to record TV shows and save/watch them on my ATV.

But I don't know how!

Jun 25, 2009, 09:06 AM
the appletv has no tv tuner, so you can't use it to do what you want.

you would need to record the TV shows via another system and then make then available to itunes just like any other piece of video content.

Jun 25, 2009, 09:12 AM
You can get an Elgato tuner for your mac (There will be othres available for PC i guess) You can then watch tv on your computer using the program the tuner comes with.

The Elgato also comes with a planner interface that lets you set up recordings (saved on your computers hard drive), series links etc. Then you can set it it to automatically convert the recordings to AppleTV format and export them to iTunes, so you can watch it on your :apple:TV. The Elgato tuners can do digital, analogue, some do both, some have twin tuners so you can watch one record another, or record two.

Jun 25, 2009, 09:36 AM
Chenks - clearly, I know the ATV doesn't have a tuner.

As for the EyeTV idea, I find the quality of that system highly unacceptable. Far too compressed and the image size is way smaller than SD's 625.

Jun 25, 2009, 09:51 AM
I`ve recorded programs from the PlayTV freeview tuner on my PS3 then transfered them to my PC and encoded them for my AppleTV. It works quite well.

Jun 25, 2009, 10:07 AM
Chenks - clearly, I know the ATV doesn't have a tuner..

your question didn't suggest that. it suggested that you were asking how to record TV shows using the appletv (that's how i interpreted it). a more clear and concise question would rule out any answers you weren't looking for.

you haven't stated if you are a mac or PC user, so suggesting a product is difficult. either way you will need to end up with a file that is appletv compliant (h.264 mpeg4).

the elgato produces very good results if it is configured and set up to do so. however it can only be as good as the source material that it is given.

Jun 25, 2009, 11:50 AM
It would be helpful if we knew what country you were located in.

Jun 25, 2009, 12:39 PM
I use ElGato's EyeTV 250 and export the files to iTunes using the :apple:TV preset. My device records in 640x480 MPEG2, and when exported still looks pretty good, but not great (comparable to VHS tape). ElGato now has devices that record digital HD signals with no compression, though, and should be able to export to :apple:TV at high enough resolution to give an acceptable picture I would think.