alternate tv tuner - imac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jocab64, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. jocab64 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    I've been looking into the eyetv products for my imac, but haven't yet pulled the trigger because of price. I recently came across this tuner from Hauppauge. The model is WinTV-HVR-850 HD USB. It says it's compatible with xp but is there any reason it wouldn't work for my mac? Is it only the software that makes it incompatible? Is anyone else successfully using this on their mac with different software and/or drivers?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    it does look like it is supported by mythtv. Which is made for linux, but has been ported for OS X. Check out this

    myth comes with 2 programs, backend (handles recording) and frontend (handles playback, and all the on screen interfaces). you can combine any number of both programs for a full networked DVR.

    both programs have been converted to mac, i've used the front end on both my MB pro and a mini i have hooked to my tv. but only used the linux backends, so don't know how well that works.

    You would have to leave the backend running all the time to record your programs, and then start the frontend when you wanted to watch something.

    check out this link for info.
  3. jocab64 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
  4. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    According to el Gato's website, the 850 is not listed.


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