Elgato EyeTV Hybrid

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
Originally uploaded by ocellnuri.

Merry Late Christmas, and slightly early Happy New Year everyone! I dropped off the Earth for the last week. I got hit with something really nasty and have been completely out of commission since Christmas Day. I’m on the way back though.

(This is intended as a preliminary-mini-review for anyone looking for a HDTV solution for the Mac, let me know if you have any questions.)

Today I was able to get up and set up one of my Christmas gifts from my Mom and Step-dad (Thanks so much!), a HDTV tuner for my Macs. The Elgato eyeTV Hybrid accepts analog and digital TV signals. I picked up an over-the-air HDTV antenna and was watching hi-res TV in a very short time.

The unit will also time-shift, gives you a full screen program guide, and let’s you schedule recordings ala Tivo. All of this can be done with the included Apple Frontrow remote, or with a larger included remote.

The software will also automatically add recorded TV shows to iTunes, transcoded for the iPod in H.264 video if you’d like. Slick! It will do everything on my iMac (Intel Core Duo) and will do Analog TV on my G4 Powerbook.

My only gripe is that the unit will not time-shift Analog TV unless you are actively recording a show. My $50 Windows TV Tuner could do that, but never did anything HD. It’s a trade-off that I don’t mind.

Sorry about the horrible pic… it’s very difficult to get a shot of TV and have everything in the room look normal.

Chris Owens