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hotwire132002
Oct 24, 2004, 05:31 PM
OK, I've read all about the HDTV over Firewire dealio:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040426151111599

My question is--is there any more user-friendly way to do this? I'd give up the capability to record, If I could just watch live. Any ideas?

BTW--The reason I want to do this is that I can't afford an HD set right now, so I'd like to just subscribe to Charter HD, and use it with my Mac.

LeeTom
Oct 24, 2004, 06:06 PM
Have you seen this PCI card?
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/site/decklinkhd.htm

Lee Tom

jsw
Oct 24, 2004, 06:13 PM
Have you seen this PCI card?
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/site/decklinkhd.htm

Lee TomI must be missing something, but how does this $600 card help someone watch HDTV broadcasts from a cable box?

hotwire132002
Oct 24, 2004, 06:26 PM
I must be missing something, but how does this $600 card help someone watch HDTV broadcasts from a cable box?

You're not missing anything--that's not quite what I'm looking for. Any other ideas?

crazzyeddie
Oct 24, 2004, 07:10 PM
How's this (http://www.supermediastore.com/eyetv-500-hdtv-firewire-digital-recorder.html) look?

Edit: Nevermind, thats just for terrestrial HDTV, which isn't widely offered in the US yet.

LeeTom
Oct 24, 2004, 07:21 PM
You're not missing anything--that's not quite what I'm looking for. Any other ideas?
Well, it has an HDTV input via BNC. I'm sure you could get an adapter from your cable box, and then see live HDTV from the cable box on your screen.

Lee Tom

jsw
Oct 24, 2004, 07:24 PM
How's this (http://www.supermediastore.com/eyetv-500-hdtv-firewire-digital-recorder.html) look?

Edit: Nevermind, thats just for terrestrial HDTV, which isn't widely offered in the US yet.Actually, there are a fair number of people who can get the signal (see here (http://members.rogers.com/4dtv/hdtv/fta.html)), and that number's increasing. For people in a broadcast area with a Mac and decent monitor, that $349 isn't too bad.

hotwire132002
Oct 24, 2004, 07:36 PM
Actually, there are a fair number of people who can get the signal (see here (http://members.rogers.com/4dtv/hdtv/fta.html)), and that number's increasing. For people in a broadcast area with a Mac and decent monitor, that $349 isn't too bad.

That was my backup plan--but cable would be nice :)

ftaok
Oct 25, 2004, 03:53 PM
That was my backup plan--but cable would be nice :)
Wouldn't you still need an HDTV tuner if you're going to use off-air HDTV signals?

jsw
Oct 25, 2004, 04:05 PM
Wouldn't you still need an HDTV tuner if you're going to use off-air HDTV signals?That's what the EyeTV 500 does (which crazzyeddie linked to above).

ftaok
Oct 25, 2004, 07:29 PM
That's what the EyeTV 500 does (which crazzyeddie linked to above).Oh, OK. I got lost in the direction of the thread. (Must be some sort of record on a 7 post thread)

I was thinking that the original poster was looking soley for a software option.

hotwire132002
Oct 25, 2004, 08:08 PM
Oh, OK. I got lost in the direction of the thread. (Must be some sort of record on a 7 post thread)

I was thinking that the original poster was looking soley for a software option.

You're not lost--I'd prefer a software only option. (Not including the HDTV Cable box) I know there's a way to RECORD HDTV with a Mac, then watch it. I'd like to watch it live through the Mac, I don't care so much about recording. I'm looking for a better program than VirtualDVHS to do this.