View Full Version : Elgato Eye TV or Formac DV

Nov 14, 2004, 07:36 AM
I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a TV Video recorder. I was looking at the firewire version of both. They are about the same price. Sinc I have digital cable does that mean that I have connect to these through my cable box, thus meaning I have to watch whatever I want to record? The Formac version says it has a 125 channel TV tuner. Will this eliminate that requirement. Thanks for any advice.

Nov 17, 2004, 12:14 PM
You will be able to get basic cable without the box for any premium channels/payperview you will need the box

Nov 17, 2004, 01:29 PM
I have the USB version of EyeTV and have been very happy with it. It is very easy to use the software and the quality is surprisingly good. Of course if you go with the firewire version (EyeTV 200 I believe) the quality will be even better and you still get the user-friendly software.

Nov 17, 2004, 01:32 PM
I've got the EyeTV 400 DVB-T firewire box and I can't fault it. The softwares nice and easy to use, and every software update seems to add new functionality and use less CPU. I like it so much I bought the EyeHome, I'd never heard of El Gato before I got my G5 but now that I've used their stuff for a few months I recommend it highly. Great software, great TV quality, just great!

Nov 24, 2004, 02:07 PM
anyone use the miglia card?
i am trying to decide on a tv pvr and this looks good....

how does it compare to elgato's offerings?

Nov 24, 2004, 03:31 PM
anyone use the miglia card?
i am trying to decide on a tv pvr and this looks good....

how does it compare to elgato's offerings?

the miglia card has a major failing.
anything you record will drift out of sync.
very annoying.
real time tv watching is good.

Nov 24, 2004, 03:44 PM
Miglia's other failing is that they won't sell the software separately. I already have a card but I can't use it because I don't have software :(

Nov 24, 2004, 05:33 PM
what is the quality of the eyetv 200 recordings?

Nov 25, 2004, 06:17 AM
Has anyone used the El Gato Eye TV 610 model? I don't think it is available in the US but apparently is in Europe and Australia. I was wondering what the performance would be like with digital free-to-air TV on a 22" Apple Cinema Display in full screen mode (with G4). I'm planning on making this my only household TV if it works properly.

Anyone know of any reviews?


Nov 25, 2004, 07:05 AM

I have an EyeTV 310 ( DVB-S + CAM module for PPv channels).
As you can see, I live in France.
This device is great, works flawlessly and allows me to record movies in MPEG-2 with a very good quality ( mean rate is around 5 mb/sec).
I don't know is it is useable "as is" in the US , but i recommend it.
The EyeTv software is really MacFriendly too :)

Nov 28, 2004, 11:50 AM
I would advise against the formac as my experience with their support has been less than acceptable.

Nice products (some of them), but terrible support.