Usb TV tuner suggestion

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  1. h1kar1 macrumors regular

    h1kar1

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    Hey guys.

    I have a Macbook Pro and would like to watch over the air TV on the go.

    What product is giving the best picture for this.

    I am in the united states.

    Also would be nice if i do not need to carry an antenna ie if the antenna is built into the usb would be nice.

    Any comments or suggestions would be a great help..
    thanks

    Doing allot of traveling lately and would be nice to watch some things live.
     
  2. gyumilly macrumors member

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  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I second anything from Elgato's line is stellar and very Mac-friendly...maybe even just for the mac. :)
     
  4. spotlite macrumors newbie

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    I third. I have the EyeTV Hybrid myself and it's an amazing device. The software bundled with it (EyeTV 3) is just as good.
     
  5. h1kar1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now question with the eye do you need to plug in the antenna every time you want to watch tv over the air?

    how is the diffrence between having it and not having it?
     
  6. h1kar1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    From what i am reading on line

    is that the Elgato's eyeTV Hybrid is crappy with out an antenna

    the whole idea of a laptop and a dongle is portable you dont want to lug around an antenna..

    can anyone else confirm this here?

    and any other recommendations
     
  7. RichardF macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is. In my case, I cannot get any signal whatsoever without a coaxial antenna plugged-in.

    If anyone knows where to buy an antenna like the ones which comes with PC USB TV tuners, please let me know. Thank you.
     
  8. h1kar1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yah thats what i am hearing ...

    which in turn is making me not want to buy one.

    they should just make one build into the macbookpros
     
  9. RichardF macrumors 6502a

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    The hardware/ software combination on the Hybrid is rather cool but useless if there is no reception.

    On the other hand, I don't care too much, TV content is crap content 80% of the time anyway. I just bought it because I wanted one (almost like you want a toy) and I figured I could use it one day to transfer content to the Mac via composite cables if needed. You can also plug-in a a video game console and use the Mac as a display if you'd like.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yes you do. gotta get the signal in somehow

    i back up my vhs tape with it.

    games work ok but not great. display is "fuzzy" and there is a very tiny bit of lag i felt as well (esp for football games)

    it doesnt support hd resolutions either for games
     
  11. RichardF macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know: I don't have a game console so I never tested that feature.
     
  12. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    I recommend the Equinux TubeStick Hybrid.

    I much prefer the software from Equinux (The Tube & Mediacentral) over EyeTV.

    It's also cheaper.

    David
     
  13. h1kar1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    awsome davidjearly

    I did not know they made one
    I have used software from them in the past.

    And it comes with an antenna awesome
    and no screwing adapter nice

    what do you think of the picture with the antenna it comes with?
     
  14. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Well, like most of these things the included antenna isn't great. I get reception in some areas, but the signal is not the best. When hooked up to a better antenna or an external antenna, the quality is superb and they make it really really easy to put recordings on your iPod/iPhone.

    David
     

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