USB TV-Tuner Selection

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thr33face, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. thr33face macrumors 6502

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    ***Update***

    This thread has somewhat not run the way planned. I apologize for any inconvenience caused.
    But thanks anyway for the additions.

    ***Update***

    I´ve been looking into buying a USB TV-Tuner for my MacBook.

    Please help me decide between:

    -Hauppauge WinTV HVR-900 (Dvb-T/Analog)
    -Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS (Dvb/Analog)

    Price Difference between the two can be neglected (?5€)

    Both Sticks work with EyeTV. I'll be watching Cable + Dvb-T.

    Which one would be the better choice?

    Please help me.
     
  2. thr33face thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you for the links, but they reviewed the products under a windows environment.
     
  3. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    And why can't you run them via Windows/BootCamp?
     
  4. thr33face thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wait, wait.

    Why would I want to run them in windows?

    -My main computer is a MacBook, it runs MacOS 10.4.8.
    -I don't want to buy a Windows License and run Windows.
    -I want to watch TV in MacOS

    All I want to know is:

    Should I get Tuner A or Tuner B?
     
  5. roadapple macrumors regular

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    Worst post ever :(
     
  6. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Nothing better to do then post a base, non-related comment in a thread on a Sunday morning? I was actually trying to help by suggesting an idea, he never said he needed it for OS X in the original post...
     
  7. thr33face thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes i never said i needed it for osx, but this is a mac forum after all (and i mentioned eyetv, which is an osx app), so i was thinking: mac forum + macbook + question = mac answer.

    /plus

    ...the video quality and such shouldn't differ much (if any)...

    yes it can differ greatly.

    i´ve had 2 tv cards in my windows days (bt8x8 and saa7131). picture quality was worth nothing with the included software, but on the other hand in dscaler they had a perfect picture.

    therefore i was a litte dissappointed seeing windows reviews.
     
  8. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    I personally llike the Miglia TVmini, Why isnt that on the list??
     
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    If they both use the EyeTV software, then I'd go with the one that either you like the look of better, or that is cheaper. I'm in the US, so I can't really recommend any European-format tuners.

    However, I use an EyeTV Hybrid (US dual analog/digital USB stick, like the two you mention,) and I think it's great. As long as it uses the EyeTV software, it shouldn't really matter what the hardware is.

    As to those saying to use Windows? Come on. That is the ultimate cop-out now that Apple has gone with Intel. If someone asks what to use with their Mac, you provide Mac OS answers unless the ONLY solutions are Windows-only. (I saw one piece of software that on their website, they claim Mac compatibility. Their official way to run it on the Mac? Get Microsoft Virtual PC. This was before the Intel Macs, though, so now I'm sure they would either say Parallels or Boot Camp.)
     
  11. thr33face thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok i ordered the cinergy hybrid stick, looks more maclike. (in my opinion). thanks again for the help guys.
     
  12. thr33face thread starter macrumors 6502

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    go here: http://www.macitynet.it/immagini/test/eyetv2english/ if you want to see a review of the eyetv software in combination with the cinergy hybrid t usb xs.

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    and i have to add: i´m really satisfied with the cinergy stick, good build quality, good reception and good picture.
     

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