USB TV Tuner

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by craigo424x, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. craigo424x macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Can anyone recommend a cheap USB TV tuner that works w/ OS X? Do any of the windows ones work w/ OS X using some sort of software that someone created? I just came from a media center 04 pc and I don't have a tv in my room so I kinda miss that feature, does it handle well on the macbook? I did a search and found some really random companies w/ no reviews so any input would be great! Thanks
  2. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    second that
  3. mchank macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    Elgato's Eyetv software works with some Windows tuners. The Win HVR-950 usb tuner is the same as the Hybrid hardware wise but with different software.
  4. anothermacaddic macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Ill tell you that i DONT recommend ati's usb tv tuner. Its crap!
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I'll third that. I'm using one on a 24" iMac and it looks GREAT!
  6. Fazzl macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    How much does the eyetv cost? I have the dell angel USB tuner. Does anyone know if that will work?
  7. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
    I am using eyeTV on my MBP and it works great. I was going to buy a TV but not anymore.
  8. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

    Feb 4, 2007
    CANADA? eh?
  9. hukuma macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    A bit confused...

    Sorry...the eyetv website didn't answer this question (in a simple fashion), so I'll ask the users on this post:
    Can the eyetv hybrid act as a digital cable set-top box? Or, does it just take 'waves' over the air? I'd like to still be able to access all of my digital cable stations, and am happy (not really 'happy', perhaps 'willing') to continue to get screwed by Comcast on my monthly bill. I simply want to use my beautiful 17 MBP High Res in a room that doesn't have a proper TV.
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    the eyetv hybrid can have over the air hd (ATSC) and then analog (NTSC) so no digital channels from cable which requires a QAM if I am not mistaken. Some other eyetv products may work but I have the hybrid so that's all i know really
  11. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    QAM Is In The New El Gato Ethernet Tuner Product

    Only WAVES - Digital WAVES ATSC or Analog WAVES NTSC. It's not a cable tuner. Do you realize how much excellent HDTV is coming at you over the air in San Diego?
    Right. The new Ethernet product has a QAM tuner in it. Trouble is most cable systems don't yet support QAM thanks to their enthusiasm for digital broadcasting. :rolleyes:

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