HD Cable on a Intel iMac

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by capquest, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. capquest macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    I have an Intel iMac that I would like to watch HD and SD TV on. I have a Dish TV satellite cable coming into the room that is the #2 Output from a receiver in another room. Dish lets you control that output with a remote that is RF to the receiver.

    So I have a cable and the ability to change channels from the hand held remote. How can I get the cable into the iMac? THe cable is the standard 59U (?)

    Sorry if this is a newbie question. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    You will need a device to convert your cable signal to USB or Firewire, then you need software to display to content on the Mac.

    Elgato makes several devices that do just what you want. The EyeTV is exactly what you need. www.elgato.com
  3. capquest thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    The Elgato page indicated that their stick doesn't work with Direct TV.
    Any ideas?
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    It can't tune satellite signals. You will have to use the video-in function on the EyeTV. No tuner (on Mac) is capable of tuning DirecTV.
  5. capquest thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    So it sounds like what I need is a device to convert the cable signal to a firewire or USB connector and a way to control the display properties on the Mac. Then perhaps a way to record the input on the hard drive.

    BTW I have Dish TV rather han Direct

    Thanks again

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