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Old Oct 30th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Recording tv using eyetv

I'm thinking of purchasing an elgato eyetv for my imac, my question is my cable signal is analog, can I record TV programs on my mac, or do I have to get digital cable to be able to record television programs.
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Did you look at Elgato's website? You need a device with an analog tuner.
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Old Oct 30th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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This stuff is all new to me, I came up with two elgato units, the eyetv hybrid and, the eyetv 250 plus I'm but not sure which one... can someone point me in the right direction.




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They should both work

I have the earlier EyeTV 250 (NOT plus) and it handles analog cable just fine.

According to Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus:
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Video converter and hybrid TV tuner for free over-the-air HDTV, clear QAM and analog TV. With inputs for set-top boxes.
and EyeTV Hybrid:
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Hybrid TV tuner for free over-the-air HDTV, clear QAM, analog TV & FM radio. With inputs for set-top boxes.
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Old Oct 30th, 2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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eggman... the two units mention that you can view analog TV, but can you recording analog TV programs on your imacs hard drive.
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I have an eyeTV Hybrid and can easily record TV from my satellite receiver to my Mac Mini. Often I will record a movie and then convert it to play on my iPod Touch.
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Two more question can I watch TV while recording another channel, and can I pre-program a weeks worth of recordings in advanced i.e. do I have to be there to hit record and stop when using analog cable.
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Two more question can I watch TV while recording another channel, and can I pre-program a weeks worth of recordings in advanced i.e. do I have to be there to hit record and stop when using analog cable.
No, you can't watch one channel and record another. Some other devices will do this, but not the Hybrid, which only has one tuner.

Yes, it's a bit fiddly but you can record a whole week's worth of TV no problem. It all happens automatically once it's correctly set up. Just make sure your Mac isn't sleeping. Blank the screen instead when you're away from the Mac.
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