TV Tuner Question

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Whotheheck, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. Whotheheck macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2004
    I'd like to be able to watch TV and, most importantly, record TV shows onto my hard drive. What's the easiest/cheapest way to do this? I don't need professional quality stuff here.. it's just for leisure.
  2. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    alchemy tv tuner pci cards, el gato usb & firewire, formac dvr firewire.
  3. Whotheheck thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2004
    Do you have any experience with these cards? More importantly, did you have a good experience? :)
  4. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ

    They are all pretty expensive compared to PC market equivelents...
  5. thehand macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2004
    tuner of the alchemy tv dvr card

    everything works ok. I believe I am getting interference on the tuner mode. is there any way to eliminate this interference. I get no interference with the formac tuner. so I guess the interference is coming from the computer (dual 2ghz G5). otherwise the software is satisfactory except the modal behavior of the software. It's not very mac like. and it takes a while for the application to go from one mode to the other.

    and where's the button that allows me to start a new thread in these forums?
  6. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    I use an EyeTV 200 by el gato. Works fine.
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I'm looking at the eyeTV Wonder for it's low latency feature. Have anyone reviewed it yet? Or received it yet? I really want to know if their advertising is true thatyou can actually play a game console on it.
  8. mslifkin macrumors regular


    May 14, 2004
    New Jersey

    It's funny you should ask, as I've got a Miglia Alchemy TV PCI card up for sale in the Marketplace and Classifieds forum. It works pretty well. You can't schedule recordings with this version (the Alchemy DVR does that) although I think the cards are the same, it's the software that's different. And if you really wanted to, you can upgrade the software. In any event, it's kinda nice to have it in the case, and not have an extra box around. It will take a cable in, plus SVideo and composite video, and stereo audio inputs as well. You can vary the window size (1X, 2X, or full screen), and if you minimize it you can actually watch it in the Dock. You've also got lots of control as to how things get recorded. Anyway, if you're interested check out the Classified section, and if you have any questions you can send me a private message. Good luck.


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