iMac as a TV

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by acrobat, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. acrobat macrumors newbie

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    i just bought a 20" iMac with all the upgrades and was wondering...

    1. what kind of tuner would best be used for watching TV on it?

    2. what kind of quality would i get out of it for TV use?

    it just seems to me that if you have a 20" widescreen LCD monitor, you should be able to watch TV on it! let the feedback begin....

    thank you!
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

    MacsRgr8

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    Check these out, for an all-in-one solution.

    Or

    this for simple TV-viewing on your Mac.

    I confess I have zero experience with them, so I cannot judge quality.
    Maybe someone else tried these?

    I do agree, if you such a beautiful display, you should use at as much as possible!

    Have fun with your iMac!
    :)
     
  3. vitrector macrumors member

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    I have a Dazzle firewire converter (DV/analog) and can watch TV within iMovie when set to import mode (I have a cable box and Tivo, so i don't need a tuner). I have not yet figured out how to get the TV video full screen...
    Anyone know of any applicaions that are inexpensive?

    thanks
     
  4. melonloco51 macrumors newbie

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    i also have a 20" imac and use it as a tv every once in a while. you should try eyetv by elgato software.

    the original eyetv allows for full screen vieweing although at a lower than ideal resolution as it uses usb to transmit the video signal. still, it works very well.

    in addition, the company just introduced a firewire version of eyetv that even comes with a remote control!

    look it up at www.elgato.com. good luck!
     
  5. 7on macrumors 601

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  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    In my mind, The best of the best right now is the EyeTV 200, by El Gato
     
  7. vitrector macrumors member

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    thanks for the link, i tried vidi, but it does not run on my lombard pb.
    anyone know of a similar program?

    i have also found btv at versiontracker, and it seems ok, but not sure if it is the best one, and before i pay, i would like to know there isn't something nicer....
     
  8. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a

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    Fair warning, don't expect to make this a full television replacement. The lag that these devices cause don't matter for TV viewing, but make gaming pretty trickey.
     

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