Elgato Brings Free Over-The-Air HDTV To Your Mac Or PC - HotHardware
Elgato Brings Free Over-The-Air HDTV To Your Mac Or PC

Elgato Brings Free Over-The-Air HDTV To Your Mac Or PC

If you're interested in turning your computer into a HDTV and DVR, then Elgato's new EyeTV One may be something you're interested in. This digital TV tuner connects to your TV antenna and delivers over-the-air TV broadcasts to your Mac or PC. Best of all, since these over-the-air broadcasts are free and offer excellent quality, you could finally nix the cable company's monthly bill for digital TV services once and for all (that is, assuming you're happy with the number of stations available over the air).

For Mac users, EyeTV One comes with EyeTV 3 software that lets you watch, rewind, fast forward, and pause live TV. With this software, you can also access a Program Guide, record TV, edit out unwanted content, and much more. The software can even record an entire season of your favorite TV shows and send recordings to iTunes to sync with an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV. For Windows users, EyeTV One is compatible with Windows 7 and works with Windows Media Center.

To set up and use the EyeTV One, you must connect the TV tuner to a USB 2.0 port, attach your TV antenna, and follow the on-screen instructions provided via the software. You can connect an indoor or outdoor antenna without needing an adapter.



EyeTV One: Free HDTV over-the-air for your Mac or PC

San Francisco, January 12, 2010 – Elgato today announced EyeTV One, an easy-to-use TV tuner for DTV antennas. EyeTV One delivers digital TV and HDTV channels straight to a Mac or PC, enabling users to watch and record the huge variety of TV shows that are broadcast over-the-air for free. The new EyeTV One offers an uncomplicated way to connect a computer to a DTV antenna and at just $119.95 USD, it’s an affordable alternative for an HDTV and full-featured DVR.

Integrated hardware design

EyeTV One comes with a built-in, flexible USB extender cable, so it can be used on a Mac or PC without blocking other ports. EyeTV One also sports a standard full-size coaxial plug and can be connected to an indoor or outdoor antenna without the need for an additional adapter.



Award-winning TV software for Mac

EyeTV One comes with Elgato’s EyeTV 3, the award-winning TV software for Mac. EyeTV 3 enables users to watch, pause, and rewind live TV on a Mac, as well as record shows, subscribe to a favorite TV series, and create Smart Playlists. EyeTV 3 has a built-in editor to remove unwanted content and can automatically send recordings to iTunes to sync with an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV. Recordings can be shared over a local network with other Macs. Elgato also offers optional apps to stream live TV and manage recording schedules on an iPhone while away from home.

EyeTV 3 software includes one year of free TV Guide data, with optional* renewal for US $19.95 per year.

Compatible with Windows 7

Users who have a Windows PC as well as a Mac can use EyeTV One with either computer. EyeTV One is compatible with Windows 7 and works great with Windows Media Center.

Pricing & Availability

EyeTV One ships today. It is available at Apple resellers in the US and Canada, and at the Elgato online store. The suggested retail price is USD $119.95.
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This is interesting especially on a laptop, in fact I think it would work fine if on the road on my 17" HD screen.

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So it's a one time payment of $120 and a yearly $20 for the TV Guide. Am I missing something because this seems too good to be true!

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You can probably even lose the monthly fee. I've been poking around with the idea of making my almost-finished new rig into a DVR, and the tuner cards I've looked at (Hauppage, ATi) work with several different applications, including pokey old Windows Media Center. Some of them link into a web site called TitanTV, a free program guide.

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Of course with anyone here when you have free time are you watching TV or on the internet?

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I watch all my shows on the internet anyway so I wouldn't get much use out of this. But I'd rather use the internet over the TV, so much more flexibility.

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Yeah gibber thats one thing to consider as well. I find it pretty funny watching the news on TV (which is generally just the previews of big stories in local new commercials), because generally I know it from the say before. The delay is going to end up costing TV stations considerably I would think as more and more users go broadband.

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Exactly, and it's just so much easier going to CNN.com and getting a quick review of the day's news rather than watching 30 mins of news. Then you can go to google news and target search whatever interests you.

For people who watch FoxNews, there's the Drudge Report.

Not only is access much faster but you can even pick and choose news sites which are to your liking. You don't get that kind of flexbility on TV.

And if you have a good internet connection, most every show is pretty much On Demand without the premium you'd pay for the TV service.

That's one of the reasons why WebTV never worked out, it took away the best aspects of the internet.

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