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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tysontabs, Feb 26, 2008.
Dose anyone know where I can get a TV card for the mac pro?
as far as im aware there are no good mac pci cards available since alchemyTV which wasnt digital, best off with a usb one, you could check the eyetv compatability list for 3rd party hardware but it was all usb the last time i looked.
The products from Elgato are always popular in the Apple community:
EyeTV Hybrid: Hybrid TV tuner in a compact USB TV stick for free over-the-air HDTV, clear QAM, and analog TV with encoding by Mac CPU. With inputs for set-top boxes. Mac does video encoding.
EyeTV 250 Plus: USB-based video converter and hybrid TV tuner for free over-the-air HDTV, clear QAM and analog TV with encoding in hardware. With inputs for set-top boxes.
HDHomeRun : Network-attached dual tuner for free over-the-air HDTV reception and digital cable TV (Clear QAM) reception for any Mac running EyeTV software.
Why doesn't anyone make a good old-fashioned expansion card anymore.
There is if you can wait 3 weeks.
Yup I've been eyeballing that for about 2 weeks now. Only thing keeping me from ordering it is they don't say what software is needed. I'm thinking it might need Final Cut Pro or Studio.
I have the Eye TV Hybrid. It worked great on my old G5, and it works greats with my new Mac Pro. I just plug my cable into it, and I get all the basic cable channels. It records, etc. Perhaps one of the most useful parts of it is that if you connect a VCR, it defeats the copy protection.
Think you may have answered your own question.
A PCIe card limits your market immediately, with no real benefit from PCIe vs. USB- or network-attached.
I'm sure I can think of a few more than you'd like to imagine.
The card I linked to does HDMI HD. elgato products only do over the air TV.
That's definitely nifty. I imagine capturing the digital streams from HDMI means some interesting software will be required, and guessing it means it has no TV tuner so I'm not sure I'd call it a "TV card".
I have no real reason for it, but I admit I want one too. Thanks for the link.
I'd love to be able to connect it to my Comcast cable HD box.
Record HD pay per view movies etc.
Does anyone know if EyeTV can receive HD from a TimeWarner box?
It can't receive it from the cable box.
If you have unencrypted digital cable channels in HD, it will be able to tune and record those without issue.
I ordered my eyetv hybrid shortly before the new MP 2.8GHz arrived. It does tune unencrypted digital (clear QAM) on Time Warner. I was surprised to find the unencrypted HD channels (NBC, CBS, etc) which are viewable - and look terrific! The EyeTV3 PVR software is very well done, also.
I have one of the older usb units so no HDTV for me with the dongle but I also have the HD Homerun network tuner which gets me all my ClearQAM channels in HD
It's a beautiful thing and yes, the EyeTV 3 software is simply fantastic!
I wish I could say the same about their tech support.
I have a TVMax200 from miglia and a EYETV Hybrid from elgato. I love them both.