TV on a 27" imac?

dwink

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Hello all!

I have recently taken a new position that will require me to maintain another residence (a small apartment in Vegas). I am hopeful that an imac 27 would be a nice machine that could meet my personal computer needs and also serve as my TV for watching and recording TV.

I am a lifetime PC user, but I have been impressed with my iPhone4 and want to give it a shot.

On a PC, it seems pretty easy, but the imac does not seem as straight forward.

Any advice is appreciated.
 

drjsway

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You would need a miniDisplayPort to HDMI adaptor. If watching over the air, you would need a ASTC Tuner also.
 
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iMikeT

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You could go the al a carte route and watch your shows via iTunes download or streaming through a service like Hulu.
 
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maldoror

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was about to ask same question. what's the best way to stream basic cable on my new 27"er?
 
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JAPears

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After buying a new iMac I replaced my 32" tv with the elgato eye tv, little USB attachment which you plug your ariel into, works like an absolute charm, I wAtch tv on my huge screen whilst multi tasking other things, would highly recommend, you can also record, pause and fast forward live tv :)
 
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maldoror

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so the eyetv is for local hd antenna channels? can you connect the cable to the antenna coax and watch the cable channels?
 
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drjsway

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so the eyetv is for local hd antenna channels? can you connect the cable to the antenna coax and watch the cable channels?
you connect the cable/satellite/whatever you're getting your source from directly to the iMac using a miniDisplay to HDMi adaptor. You need nothing else unless you're watching over the air.
 
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DoFoT9

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You would need a miniDisplayPort to HDMI adaptor. If watching over the air, you would need a ASTC Tuner also.
those cables cost $250. not worth it, and i dont even think that is what the OP was asking.

You'll want something like this.
now thats what im talking about :) these devices have become pretty stable of late, and the dual tuners in them are great!
 
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DoFoT9

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Um, what cables cost that much?
a mDP to HDMI/DVI cable WILL most certainly cost you at least that amount. cables can be purchased for $5 off of ebay - but i can guarantee you they will not work with any Mac.

the signal needs to be converted, thus why the cables are so expensive.
 
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michelob tfs

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After buying a new iMac I replaced my 32" tv with the elgato eye tv, little USB attachment which you plug your ariel into, works like an absolute charm, I wAtch tv on my huge screen whilst multi tasking other things, would highly recommend, you can also record, pause and fast forward live tv :)
I am considering moving away from PCs purchasing a refurbished 09 iMac partly for this and hooking it up to my LCD TV. However, I am wondering 2 things...

Is it true that there is no way to switch the display to ONLY the external source (TV) and switch of the display on the iMac itself. I have heard this is the case but seems strange as why on earth would you not be able to do such basic functionality ???

Also is there a mini dsiplay port to HDMI adaptor for the 09 iMac that ensures audio as well as video is carried over HDMI to the TV and that costs less that £50($75)?
 
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Thermonuclear

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question, if I wanted to use my ps3 with that hdmi, adapter is it possible?
Making a bit of a guess here...

I'd say yes for games and DVDs. More problematic would be Blu-ray playback where copy protection issues come into play were an HDCP connection is requested by the PS3 Blu-ray but denied by the iMac's input port.

If Blu-ray wants an HDCP port but doesn't find one, the video output is down converted from HD to SD quality or blacked out completely. Yes, this is a crock of feces. But the Entertainment industry has more bribe money than I to offer Congress.
 
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Spanky Deluxe

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question, if I wanted to use my ps3 with that hdmi, adapter is it possible?
No. That cable is for connecting an HDMI based television as a primary/secondary display to a Mac's mini displayport connector. It will *not* allow you to connect your PS3 to an iMac or an Apple LED Cinema Display. The only option there is to buy a very expensive signal converter. The only one that I know that can actually display 1080p properly is this one. There are some cheaper ones on the market but they don't actually display 1080p. They downscale video to 720p which the iMac then upscales to it's native resolution - not ideal. Atlona also do a dual link DVI version for a bit cheaper, $199, which you'd need to use an HDMI to DVI adapter cable but in that case you wouldn't get audio passed through to the iMac. Both adapters are HDCP compatible (i.e. you can pass through copy protected Bluray videos etc to the iMac's screen).
 
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ProwlingTiger

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a mDP to HDMI/DVI cable WILL most certainly cost you at least that amount. cables can be purchased for $5 off of ebay - but i can guarantee you they will not work with any Mac.

the signal needs to be converted, thus why the cables are so expensive.
Considering Apple sells mDP -> DVI adapters for $29...

Then there's this combo DVI / HDMI adapter for $22:

Or a $57 cable: http://www.google.com/products/cata...ekGafawwX9udmnBQ&sa=title&ved=0CFAQ8wIwBzgA#p

So the whole $250 thing...yeah.
 
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DoFoT9

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Considering Apple sells mDP -> DVI adapters for $29...

Then there's this combo DVI / HDMI adapter for $22:

Or a $57 cable: http://www.google.com/products/cata...ekGafawwX9udmnBQ&sa=title&ved=0CFAQ8wIwBzgA#p

So the whole $250 thing...yeah.
you are going the WRONG WAY. that is for OUTPUTTING data from the iMac to another panel.

the instance we are talking about is INPUTTING data from another source (ps3 or other) to the iMac.

completely different. sorry for being upfront, bad day :(
 
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PatriotInvasion

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By far, your best bet is the new EyeTV HD from Elgato. I just got it last week and it's awesome. You hook up your digital cable box via component cables to the device, and then USB to the iMac.

This gets you ALL of your digital cable channels in 1080i or 720p HD! Plus the included EyeTV software makes it SUPER easy to record, edit and export videos to iTunes for use on an iPhone. It can even record shows in iPhone ready format for automatic transfer to iTunes so you'll be ready to sync and watch.

Best of all, you can buy the $4.99 EyeTV App in the App Store which allows you to watch live TV streaming over wifi and 3G from your computer at home on your iPhone 4. It really is the perfect solution for your situation.:p

Watching live TV in one window of your 27" iMac while you surf Safari is awesome!
 
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iread

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Please tell me all of the uses for this EyeTV One and if there are any different options or models when you buy:

I have Satellite TV and stuff recorded on my DVR that I would like to edit (take out all the adverts) and put onto DVD and was going to buy a DVD recorder but this sounds so much better ..
Can you tell me if it comes with any software for editing ??
I would also like to know if this would work with my Apple Airport Extreme so I could watch TV on my computer which is in a different room ??
 
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DoFoT9

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Please tell me all of the uses for this EyeTV One and if there are any different options or models when you buy:

I have Satellite TV and stuff recorded on my DVR that I would like to edit (take out all the adverts) and put onto DVD and was going to buy a DVD recorder but this sounds so much better ..
Can you tell me if it comes with any software for editing ??
I would also like to know if this would work with my Apple Airport Extreme so I could watch TV on my computer which is in a different room ??
it comes with "Eye TV" software. :) it features the ability to take out adverts and then save as a mp4 etc.

you can then use free software such as "Burn" to burn this mp4 onto a DVD for watching on a DVD player.

your best bet would be a dual tuner EyeTV - much more flexible :)
 
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iread

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it comes with "Eye TV" software. :) it features the ability to take out adverts and then save as a mp4 etc.

you can then use free software such as "Burn" to burn this mp4 onto a DVD for watching on a DVD player.

your best bet would be a dual tuner EyeTV - much more flexible :)
Thank you for your response .. I was unable to find the product you mentioned on their web page ??
 
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