which eyetv

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ajo, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. ajo macrumors 6502

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    Im looking to order eyeTV with my mac.

    Can anyone advice on which I need as they are all confusing me a little.

    I live in the UK, I duno if that effects what I can recieve. Do I need to plug the house ariel in? Which ones pic up digital (freeview). Plugging a games consol will be a plus but not really really needed.

    I am confuesd with the older version and the 250 (power version) what are the advantages.

    I dont want to overspend but want to get somthing that is going to work well.

    Thanks for any help

    ajo
     
  2. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Hi.

    It would be very useful to know what mac you have. If you have a newer machine (Intel mac / G5) then you should be fine with something like the eyeTV Hybrid to pick up digital freeview. I use one on my mac mini and it works great.

    The reason you need a relatively fast machine is that the small USB-stick style drives can't handle the decompression by themselves so it uses the computer to convert the signals into picture.

    If you have a slower machine then you can look at one of the larger, set-top box style machines which will handle and the decompression for you.

    With the eyeTV hybrid I get all the freeview channels including stuff like Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky 3. It is pretty comprehensive. I too am in the UK and I just use my main house connection.

    I know that the eyeTV Hybrid has a game console mode where you can connect an S-Video input and play on your mac. Obviously you won't get top picture quality but you won't get any lag that you would normally get from playing a console through your mac.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Il be getting a 24" imac 2.4 so should handle the USB one fine I guess.

    Was thinking though, will a slingbox work well/better as we have cable installed in the house.
     

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