TV Tuners in Japan

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I am looking for a TV Tuner to be used with my MBP 17" (2010 model) in Japan. I have asked several sales but they could not offer advice as it is uncommon to watch TV from the computer here. Anybody tried the following products?

    1. I-O Data m2TV (GV-MACTV)


    I am not sure if Windows-oriented products have better drivers, features and software in this case. Any suggestion is greatly appreciated. As I can use Bootcamp to booth into Windows, the product from Buffalo is ok as well. Thanks.
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    What's the TV standard? Looks terrestrial.

    I don't get anything in the video, but the M2TV looks like a japanese-version of the EyeTV. I'd rather go for that one, or for a real EyeTV, like those US-Versions that control external receivers via an IR-blaster. EyeTV Sat should also work with PerfecTV!, but you don't get PerfecTV! e3, because it's transmitted in ISDB-S - so no HD. On Window's Media Center, you wouldn't really have any more functions than the M2TV has.

    According to Elgato, there is only one ISDB-T device supported, which is the Logitech LDT-1S302U. You could run that with EyeTV3, as well. I guess it only receives 1seg as it only costs $23.50 with EyeTV 3 Lite, though.
  3. vladzaharia macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Yeah, Japan uses two standards ISDB-T for Digital, and NTSC-J for Analog. You could get a regular Analog tuner, but the brightness will be a bit weird. And that will stop working in a year (July 24th 2011) when Analog broadcasts are set to end.
  4. Dekimasu macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    I have had positive experiences with 1seg tuners, which is also a plus if you use your MBP outside or on the road. Wouldn't be good outside of an urban area, though, and the picture quality is bad.

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