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EyeTV HD supports HD cable, satellite recording

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon May 24, 2010

Videos can be streamed to iPhones, iPads

Elgato has released the EyeTV HD, a new DVR peripheral for Macs. The device lets users record HDTV captured from cable and satellite signals. Receivers are mainly connected via a component input; the EyeTV outputs to a Mac via USB, and can also ingest video from composite and S-Video sources.

Video is saved in H.264 format, which makes it possible to automatically export to iTunes, and from there sync with Apple handhelds. Shows can in fact be captured in iPhone or iPad format at the same time, and streamed either live or recorded to devices running Elgato's $5 EyeTV app. iPad streaming will require Elgato's upcoming EyeTV 3.4 software update.

The EyeTV is being sold at Apple Stores and from the Elgato website. It costs $200, and requires a computer with Mac OS X 10.5.8, 2GB of RAM and a 2.26GHZ Core 2 Duo processor. Bundled is an IR remote, along with cables for USB, component and stereo connections, and a breakout for composite and S-Video inputs.

by MacNN Staff




  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I waited a long time for something that would convert component video.

    Too bad they waited so long, though. My Tivos do this without the extra effort.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Elgato products have been able to convert component video for years now.

  1. ankhman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please someone explain

    I just bought a EyeTV Hybrid which has a HDTV tuner built-in. When I use it with a Macbook I can do the same thing as this device. It seems from the announcement, this still needs a computer and a tuner? What good is this thing? Thanks in advance.

    P.S. I currently use OTA fed to my TV.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Hybrid takes over-the-air ATSC broadcasts and records them. But that's a different signal than cable and satellite digital TV. Cable can use cable-card hook ups, but satellite can't, so they all have different ways to keep you from basically getting their signal.

    This gets around that part of it.

    BTW, I have a Hybrid as well (I think - can never remember the name) and use it to get over the air broadcasts as well. Sometimes two tuners on the tivo is just not enough!

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