how do you watch tv on your mac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MacHaris, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. MacHaris macrumors member

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    I have a usb to antenna dongle I know on windows you use windows media center how about on a mac what program do I use.
     
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  3. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    As FearlessSpiff says Elgato EyeTV is generally the way to go on OS X.

    If you take a look at http://www.elgato.com/uk/eyetv/eyetv-3 you can see whether your current usb tuner is compatible with the Elgato EyeTV software (the list is near the bottom of the page), though it isn't free.
     
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  5. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    EyeTV on the mini, mini into the VGA on the same monitor that the Mac Pro uses for DVI. That way I can keep the mini on for recording and still work on the MP.
     
  6. blanka macrumors 68000

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    I have a Tubestick with the Tube, but I hardly use it any longer. All TV I watch is available streaming on free official channel websites.
     
  7. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Am I missing something with eyetv? I don't see where you have an ota tuner option. You need a cable or satellite box. That makes it a very expensive analog video recorder.

    This seems to be one area where Apple and people who develop for it have no interest in providing a workable solution. Windows Media Center is built in and compatible with a wide variety of tuners and other video recording hardware. It's easy to setup and use. It's something I miss after moving to OSX. I liked having a small window on my screen with live ota or playback of shows I missed, while I worked on other things.

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    Hmmm, just noticed the UK site has newer / more hardware than the US site. I'd love to see eyetv 3 available in the US.
     
  8. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like Elgato has just recently reduced the number of devices available in the US.
    They used to have them available.

    If you already have a compatible usb tuner, then you can get the EyeTV software on its own for OSX.
     
  9. Ubele macrumors 6502a

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    Check out one of the Silicon Dust HD HomeRun tuners:

    http://www.silicondust.com/

    You'll need to pair it with an OTA antenna, such as the Mohu Leaf:

    http://store.gomohu.com/the-leaf-indoor-hdtv-antenna.html?gclid=CIHTg6yZn7wCFZBj7AodUBcA-Q

    After Comcast kept raising my rates, I was going to "cut the cable," and my research pointed me toward the HD HomeRun and the Leaf as my best options. I was waiting for the new version of the HDHR, which will do on-the-fly H.264 conversion, to be released this month, but Frontier offered me almost the same package as I was getting with Comcast, at a little more than a third of the price, so I switched to Frontier. I did get a Leaf for the bedroom TV, though, and I only have a cable box on the living room TV. The leaf works great in my area.

    I've seen the base-model OTA HDHR for as low as $75, and the Leaf costs $40. Pair those with a Mac and the EyeTV software for your DVR.
     
  10. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    That looks like the one that sold as an EyeTV model in 2012.
     
  11. Ubele macrumors 6502a

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    Intresting. I started looking last summer, and EyeTV had a small USB dongle with a built-in tuner. They stopped selling it later in the year, with no explanation. I saw a lot of postings from people saying that theirs had stopped working after a few months, and that the connector broke easily, so perhaps it was just poorly designed. That was when people told me about the Silicon Dust products.
     
  12. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    simple! if I shutdown my 2008 iMac, I can watch the TV reflecting on the glossy display! I just can't record anything!

    :D
     
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    EyeTV with Elgato DTT DeLuxe. Sadly, not directly supported by XBMC. I honestly wish I bought a Homerun instead.
     
  15. Osty macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for the HD Homerun. I've got one sitting on my network and it streams TV captured from my antenna over Ethernet.
     
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