Using iMacG5 as TV

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by monty77, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. monty77 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2005
    UK, South Coast
    Morning all,

    I'm looking at getting a flatscreen TV for the bedroom but a colleague made a good point - why not use my 20" iMac as a TV?

    Basically this is what I need from a TV, can the Mac do the same?

    - Remote control
    - DVD player
    - DVB-T tuner (preferably twin tuner for watch & record)
    - Ability to record

    Can any of the Elgato products offer this? The 400/410 seems closest but not quite as flexible as having a separate TV/DVR - but obviously a lot cheaper. Anyone use their iMac this way? I'm thinking I'd need a bigger HDD too, will the iMac take a 400Gb drive without issues?

  2. JupiterTwo macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2003
    a 400Gb drive is a BTO option on the iMacs, so I wouldn't see a problem. Perhaps heat might be an issue, but as you've got a 20" iMac, that shouldn't be too bad.

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