Could i use my 2009 macpro as a freeview recorder

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  1. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    Hi guys,

    Could i use my mac pro as a freeview recorder?

    If so how would i do it?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, very easily with a freeview tuner from Elgato:

    http://www.elgato.com/

    The eyeTV software it comes with is very good, with some very nice features.
     
  3. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks mike!

    Can i use the Mac to hook to my tv and act as a dvr then?

    The graphics card has a dvi output which i guess I could convert to hdmi
     
  4. blacka4 macrumors 6502

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    yes you can. I am thinking about doing the same thing with my THPC Mini
     
  5. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Did you have any products in mind to use?

    Shame we can't get a pci card version, or are they no beter than USB?
     
  6. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    USB versions are handy if you have a laptop as you can take it away with you. The Elgato Netstream DTT looks pretty good if you want to keep things tidy and have more than one computer to watch TV on.
     
  7. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I see the point about the USB although my Mac pro isn't very portable unfortunately!!!!!

    The net stream looks quite good although it doesn't appear to allow recording
     
  8. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    I think the Netstream just sends the signal to your computers and you install the eyeTV software on them, eyeTV handles all the recording and gets the program schedules from tvtv.
     
  9. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    It's got handles on the top, what more can you need!
     
  10. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ha ha! True! They are so heavy though! Never felt such a heavy machine
     
  11. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    Please tell me you're going to use it for more than just a Freeview recorder.
     
  12. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Not that o should have to jstify myself but I am moving and won't have sky for a while so thought I'd take advantage of my spare hard drive bay and plonk a spare 1tb drive I have in there!
     

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