Digital Cable tv on my new imac display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CODO36, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. CODO36 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2007
    Can I hook up my digital cable tv to be viewed on my imac. I keep seeing eyetv but I dont want to spend alot of money and I dont need to record things. I just want to watch the shows live using the imac possible? I have comcast digital box and would like to just hook that right up to the moniter.
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    As far as I know, you need a tuner, such as eyeTV.
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Gotta get EYETV Hybrid to put digital cable on your mac .. the said unit is around $135 US..
  4. Terry78 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    but not HDTV

    You can view standard definition digital cable from your STB by using eyeTV hybrid, but not high def.

    You can get high def unencrypted clear QAM channels from your cable input using HDhomerun, but you then cannot use your cable STB. So you'll only be able to view the clear QAM channels.

    For more infor:
  5. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    I have an eyetv and love it butI can not tune to the digital channels at all. I have contacted elgato but have not gotten anything-can someone help me figure out how I tune to these channels? I am using coxail connection. As of right now, both the elgato box and the set-top box is running via a cable splitter. I have tried to change channels with my cable remote but still nothing. I have tried many different cable senarios but have not been able to do it at all. I know that the elgato device can't tune to the channels by itself-i somehow have to set it up along with my comcast set-top box
  6. Terry78 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    I could be wrong but

    based on reading the Elgato website infor, I thought you could receive standard definition from a digital cable set top box by connecting an analog output (e.g., composite or S-video) from the STB to the "connector cable" for the eyeTV hybrid or 250 plus and then use USB output from the eyeTV hybrid or 250 plus into your mac (or imac). You'll only be able to receive the SD stations.

    S-video will be your best SD connection.
  7. yamasen macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Trying to get my iMac to HDTV connection to work. Any ideas?

    Hi, got the VGA adapter and connected a cable to my HDTV and iMac. When I did this with a PC with just the cable (no adapter), it worked fine when I hit RGB on the TV control (I got the picture of whatever was on my PC screen).

    Now with the iMac Adapter I cannot see anything. It says "No Signal" even though all devices are tightly connected. My iMac has a 2GHz Intel Duo core processor and OSX Version 10.4.11. The TV is a VIZIO VX37L.

    Any help is welcome.
    Thanks! Yamasen

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM51.0090.B09
    SMC Version: 1.8f2

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