DVR on a Mac Mini - no cable box, just coax cable

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  1. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816

    mattwolfmatt

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    Currently I live on a college campus, and our TV signal is a coax cable that just runs in the house through the wall. There is no cable box. We have 10 or so HD channels but the rest are SD. I also have a 2009 Mac Mini 2 GHz Intel Duo with 4GB RAM. Also an Apple TV2, but I doubt that will help us.

    I am looking for a DVR type functionality. From my research, it appears the EyeTV HD is a good bet. My only concern is our (unique??) situation of only having the coax come in, with no box or dish. There doesn't appear to be a coax in on any of the hardware I'm seeing here. Can I just use a coax to component converter to get the signal ready for the EyeTV HD?

    Of course I'll use an external HD.

    Any other suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    You might want to research a bit more. From their site (emphasis mine):

    In other words, it doesn't have a tuner. That's why there's no coax connection. ;)
     
  3. mattwolfmatt thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks (?) for confirming my suspicion. Any suggestions besides NOT EyeTV?
     
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    mattwolfmatt thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How about EyeTV One?

    Never mind. I just found the Homerun, that looks live a winner. Sweet.
     
  6. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    HD Homerun is the one you want from Elgato, it is the only one where you plug the cable straight in to the box rather than go through a cable box first :)
     
  7. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

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    No, it's not. The Hybrid would be the most direct choice, as it connects the coax to USB. The One does this as well, but only works with OTA (no clear-qam tuner, so if you're using a cable service you'll need the Hybrid). The HDHomerun plugs the coax into a box, which you then connect to your network. Works fine if you're all ethernet, not so great if you use wireless.
     
  8. Hberg macrumors member

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    I use the Hybrid as well on two different Mac minis and it works just fine with coax cable without a Cable TV box.
     
  9. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    HD Homerun is wireless now....
     

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