Elgato eyeTV and turbo.264 SALE!!!!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by spacepower7, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I just saw that elgato is having a sale this week during Macworld. I don't have either of these but I am think of buying this week.

    eyeTV Hybrid on sale for $99.95 down from $149.95

    Turbo.264 on sale for $69.95 down from $99.95

    Just a heads up for anyone looking for a deal on these.
  2. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
  3. spacepower7 thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    I just checked Amazon and the prices are:

    turbo.264 $89.99

    eyetv Hybrid $128.96

    For new ones, not used.
    Yes, used ones are cheaper same as elgato website, but why pay the same price for a refurbished item that has already had at least one problem?
  4. Stinkypalm macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Thanks just ordered from Elgato, comes with the new 3.0 software. Amazon selling old 2.0 software stuff.
  5. gdphishman817 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2007
    Both devices have been updated. They already get analog cable and OTA Digital channals. They now can receive clear qam channels through your cable connection. I just bought the Hybrid, couldn't pass up that sale price
  6. yoppie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    I purchased the hybrid earlier in the week. I kept hearing people talk about them on various Mac/Apple message boards so I decided to make the jump when I saw that the price came down for MacWorld. Great deal.
  7. gdphishman817 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2007
    elgato will give you a free update to 3.0 if you purchased a product with 2.0 after December 1st
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Nor could I. I think this will go great with a new 24" iMac.
  9. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Will the Turbo.264 provide a performance boost for an iMac C2D 2.16Ghz?

    Or is this more for older machines?
  10. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    Too bad all those tuners will stop working in exactly 1 yr. :eek:
  11. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    You might see a bit of a performance boost, but the Turbo.264 really shines on older hardware. However, even newer machines will benefit from the freed-up processor cycles. So if you normally leave a Handbrake queue to encode overnight, then I wouldn't buy the Turbo.264. If you want something running in the background while you do other tasks, then you might want to consider it.
  12. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Both, you'll see about a 5x improvement on a G4 or G5 and about a 3x improvement on an Intel Mac. Considering the Intel Macs are about 5x faster than a G4 at this stuff anyway it's a massive speed boost.
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    That's a tempting price for EyeTV Hybrid.

    You'd probably get x3 the performance not having to use the Quicktime encoder. :rolleyes:
  14. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    I ran tests under EyeTV with the following setups.

    - Mac Pro 2.66 quad 1:07:37
    - H.264 Turbo on mac mini 1:20:17
    - 8 Core 3ghz Mac Pro old revision 0:46:52

    This was converting a 1hr show to ipod.
  15. ruud macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2004
    No they won't, since they support ATSC.

    - Ruud
  16. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    Now is that just for over the air? Will my eyetv tuner still work hooked up to cable on the cuttoff day? If so I am now less worried. I thought a cable card tuner was required after 2009.
  17. MikeL macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2003
    Bloomington, MN
    Where did you get that idea?

    The only thing mandated by law in 2009 is that analog over the air transmission will end.
  18. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I have the turbo.264 and as others have said, I see a bigger speed improvement on non-Intel machines. With my iMac G5, it will easily increase my encoding speeds 4-5x or more. Now I can actually encode things in real time or faster. But on my girlfriends MacBook Pro 2.16 CD, the speed increase is not as dramatic. For example, if she was encoding at 80fps, the turbo bumped it to 100fps. But it really depends on what the source file is and what you want the output file to be. If I am exporting to a Standard iPod format, I can get up to 85 fps. If I want to export to AppleTV, it could be 25-30fps. This is still a great deal better than before, were I was getting 4-5fps.

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