Mac TV tuner cards

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  1. yippy macrumors 68020

    yippy

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of any cheap Mac TV tuner cards that I can use with my PowerBook.

    I am a college student with limited funds and no room for a TV in the dorm but I would like to be able to watch TV every once in a while in the dorm room. If it matters the signal comes from a standard cable coax connection.

    Thanks
     
  2. kyeblue macrumors member

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    Check eyeTV, an external(USB) box that makes your mac a TV/DVR.
     
  3. Porsche macrumors newbie

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    I second this recommendation. EyeTV works flawlessly.

    You can find the official website here.
     
  4. kevinuaa macrumors member

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    can you hook up a vcr or game consule through eyetv? are there any solutions for this?
     
  5. DJ-SPIN macrumors newbie

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    anyone have any experience with Eye TV? is it worth the money?
     
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    does the eyeTV work well with just USB1 speed? i have a rev. A 12" PB that only comes with USB1 and wanted a real-life feedback before deciding to buy it or not. (i'd think it goes, standard TV doesn't require a big bandwidth.)
     
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    VCR - Yes
    Game Console - No

    I dont know from experience, but ive read/heard that theres a 2-3 second delay in the signal, so this would make it less than ideal for playing games... ie: you move your character and 2 seconds later he moves on screen.
     
  8. ebook macrumors 6502

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    Any first had experience for this? I've been thinking about ditching the TV, we don't watch much, and just using the new 20" iMac. Then, if I wanted to watch a movie in the living room, I'd just pick it up and take it in there. But, I do like to play a video game every now and then, so I was also wondering how it would work with games.
     
  9. timsq macrumors regular

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    Mac TVR tuner

    It's very cool and works like a TVR Tivo(ish). I have it hooked to an antenna for broadcast and I've run it through cableTV. Pretty simple and programmable. It's a bit steep ($$$) but also the best solution I've found.
     
  10. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    The EyeTV 200 uses FireWire to connect to your Mac. There's also the Formac Studio TVR, which has a TV tuner, and composite inputs so you can attach a game system or whatever else you want. compare them! Okay, that page is a little inaccurate about the EyeTV, but it's spot-on with the Formac's specs.
     

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