21.5" iMac as a television

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ethan86, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. ethan86 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    I recently bought a current gen 21.5" iMac and have been thinking about using it as a replacement for my television. I would like to know what I need to connect my Dish Network satellite receiver to the iMac. I know about the EyeTV adapter, and was wondering if there were any alternatives to that or if the EyeTV is my best bet?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    EyeTV is the best (maybe only one too) TV software/hardware for Mac.
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    there are others too ,but eyetv works :D
  4. ethan86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    What are the "others"? I'd like to look at some alternatives before buying.
  5. Davieis macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    Melbourne, AU
    Theres Miglia too. Although EyeTV is definitely the best out there. None of the others come close.
  6. ethan86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Has anyone ever tried out the Equinux TV Receiver Tubestick? I found it on Apple's site and was wondering how it compares to the EyeTV.
  7. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    It seems lots of people have not been happy with el gato hybrid when using a digital cable signal to their iMac.
    Can someone here tell me how it has been for them using an el gato product on the newer iMac's (21.5") using 10.6 of course.
    I am wanting to set this up for my Mom, so let me know please.
  8. DLary macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    EyeTV works, but has no HiDef capability. I use a slingbox connected to my directv receiver and send the picture to my iMac over my network. Works great and I can display HiDef channels.

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