Which EyeTv Tuner?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sammyman, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    if you're going to be using it for a mac mini you may want to get an EyeTV 250+ as that would offload the work from the processor to the EyeTV hardware and it's not much more than the expensive hybrid you were looking at.
  2. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Another vote for the EyeTV 250+

    It works very well for me — also offers a choice of connections.
  3. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Find a used EyeTV 200. It also has hardware MPEG-4 compression, which the 250 does not.
  4. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Although there's still no way of automatically exporting things into iTunes, you've got to tell it to do it.
  5. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I use the Wi-Fi Access option and it exports all recordings automatically to iTunes for me. No prompting needed.

    Also allows me to watch my recordings on my iPhone.

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  6. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    Just in case you're a frugal person like me...I use an eyeTV hybrid with my 1.66 Core Duo Mac Mini, and it works just fine. You can get them factory refurbished for $68 from OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/item/ElGato/10020415R/

    With regard to your initial question, the latter link looks like it's the newer version, which includes QAM support (free channels over cable) as well as EyeTV 3. I have the older version.
  7. mdgolom macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2006

    I agree with the EyeTV 250+. I have both, but only use the 250+.
  8. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    So will the video quality be better on the 250+, or will it just be a little faster? I do like the cheaper price, and the smaller footprint of the hybrid, but maybe the 250+ is worth the extra $$.
  9. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    I'm in the market for one of these, how many shows can you record simultaneously?
    What's the big difference between the hybrid and the 250? I'd use it with an iMac and MacBook.

    I'm a frugal person like you :)
    MUCH appreciated - How about a cheaper apple TV?
  10. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I don't think the video quality is any different, it just does all the processing on the device and not your Mac Mini.

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