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Elgato EyeTV Hybrid 2008 TV Tuner Stick for Analog and HDTV Reception

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  • EyeTV 3 Software Included
  • Receive analog and free HDTV
  • Clear QAM digital cable

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The convergence has begun, and your media have begun to come together! Take it with you with the EyeTV Hybrid! Perfect for anyone who wants over-the-air HD- or analog TV, it delivers free over-the-air digital and analog TV to your Mac by antenna or standard cable. You can also connect it to a set top box to receive premium channels, digital cable or satellite (in standard definition).

With your Dual-processor PowerPC G5 or an Intel Core Duo processor you'll also enjoy watching 720p or 1080i HDTV (MPEG-2). Navigate EyeTV's Full Screen Menu with your Apple remote or the included EyeTV remote. Just plug the unit into your USB 2.0 slot, and you'll be watching TV in no time! This remarkable little module brings in flawless digital signals to your Mac, so ou get the full-quality digital content in one swoop.

You can even connect your game console for a lively gaming experience. Who'd have believed you could pack so much function into a unit the size of a pack of gum? Unwrap this special stick and taste the sweetness of TV on your Mac!

  • newegg Two-in-One TV for Your Mac The EyeTV Hybrid delivers free over-the-air digital TV to your Mac in stunning 720p or 1080i HDTV (MPEG-2) and other digital television standards, as well as conventional analog TV via the standard cable or antenna.
  • newegg Super Quality Digital TV Recording The EyeTV Hybrid records digital TV in lossless quality for unaltered digital content as encoded by the broadcaster and supports closed captioning and Dolby Digital sound.
  • newegg High Speed USB 2.0 Interface The high speed USB 2.0 interface provides 480Mbps bandwidth for real-time analog/HDTV programming and MPEG 2 encoding on your computer. Hot-swappability enables the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid to be connected or removed to/from your Mac during operation.

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TV Tuners & Video Devices


EyeTV Hybrid now comes with revolutionary Xceive 5000 silicon tuner and 6th generation demodulator technology for improved reception (both analog and digital) and unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM) support.

Analog- /ATSC-Tuner:
Frequency range: 48-860MHz (VHF and UHF)
Analog TV standards: NTSC
Digital TV standards: ATSC
Digital cable standards: Clear QAM

Input and Output:
USB 2.0
Antenna input: Coaxial connector (IEC)
S-Video (via break out cable, included)
Composite video (via break out cable, included)
Stereo audio (via break out cable, included)
IR remote control sensor

Power Supply:
USB bus power

3.23" x 1.26" x 0.59"
1.06 oz.


EyeTV Hybrid instantly turns your Mac into a digital TV and DVR that is capable of receiving stunning quality HDTV by antenna, as well as conventional analog TV by standard cable or antenna.

EyeTV Hybrid now receives unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM).

Made for the Mac
With its classic matte aluminum finish and surprisingly small size for such a versatile product, the EyeTV Hybrid is a perfect complement to the Mac. It features a USB 2.0 interface for the streaming of superior quality, uncompressed TV content to your Mac. EyeTV Hybrid is USB powered and therefore requires no external power supply, and contains a full-size coaxial plug.

EyeTV Hybrid records digital TV in one quality setting, Lossless. The digital stream is recorded unaltered for full quality digital content as encoded by the broadcaster. EyeTV also supports closed captioning and Dolby Digital sound.

EyeTV Hybrid records analog television using the encoder built into the EyeTV software together with your Mac’s processor. As a result, the quality of the analog recording depends on the power of your Mac.

EyeTV Hybrid also comes with a break-out cable for composite video and S-Video, enabling you to connect a set-top box directly to your Mac


Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4,G5 or Intel Core processor
512 MB of physical RAM
A built-in USB 2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
Internet connection required to download Program Guide data

Note: 720p or 1080i HD features require a Dual PowerPC G5 or an Intel Core Duo processor. Analog TV recorded via software encoder; quality depends on processor performance.
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  • Michael N.
  • 12/30/2008 1:38:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product

Pros: This is the second TV tuner I've owned (the previous one circa January 2002, different manufacturer). By comparison, this one is excellent. (1) The software is extremely good, allowing you to rewind and pause live TV, record shows, automatic scheduling, "smart guides" with predefined program searches, etc. (2) The unit itself is small and easily hidden. Picks up over-the-air HDTV fine from an interior room with a table top antenna (obviously location of the transmitter towers matters for this).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I am running this on a high end system (2x4-core Xeon). Low end systems might have some problems with CPU load (I'm normally using a full core for this software). Also, HDTV recordings are huge, sometimes as high as 12GBs/hour (most run 4-8GBs/hour) - make sure you have enough hard disk space if you plan to record a lot. You can compress, but then you lose quality.

The software bundled with mine was EyeTV 2; had to go through a form on their website to get EyeTV 3. It was a free upgrade and easy to do, but it was still an extra step that shouldn't have been needed. It took a day for them to process the upgrade request and send a new software key.

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  • Matthew S.
  • 12/2/2008 11:30:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice!

Pros: Easy Install! Easy to use, Nice Guide, Alot cheaper then buying a HDTV

Cons: Wasn't free!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/23/2008 1:05:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy, great product

Pros: Great picture, easy to setup, easy to use, works great with the apple remote. Overall awesome product.

Cons: The channel guide didn't work the first few times I tried it, but eventually got it to work.

Other Thoughts: This thing is great. If you want TV on your mac this is the device to do it with.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/7/2008 4:28:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExpensive for what you get

Pros: Does what it says. If you want to rip George Lopez to your iPod or iPhone you can do that.

Cons: This thing often just quits and says "no signal". The only way to fix it is to run disk permission repair. Navigating through its software is awkward. I know I am complaining a lot, but this thing is $150! Talking about taking advantage of being a Mac user. This same item for Windows would be $50 and less problematic.

Other Thoughts: Not a TV replacement. If your thinking to do away with a TV all together and use this instead, DON'T!

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  • Rick S.
  • 7/1/2008 1:31:44 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent, but One Con

Pros: Excellent item in a very small package! Great software. For those who do not want TiVO monthly charges, this is the way to go!

Cons: Only one. You cannot use the Hybrid with a USB hub or your sleep will not work correctly. It must be plugged right in to your computer. And on an iMac, where USB inputs are sadly lacking, this tends to be a problem.

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  • trung n.
  • 5/16/2008 5:09:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggseverything i need

Pros: very simple to install and use. nothing complicated. i really like the attachment that allows you to transfer old videos/video cams to your hard drive.

i love how i can just sit at my desk, study, use the computer and have a game playing in the background!

Cons: the main hardware does seem to get a little hot. kinda makes me question how long these things will last. other then that, no issues as of yet.

Other Thoughts: someone mentioned that newegg didnt include proof of purchase card - needed to upgrade to eyetv 3 - well, i think that person just had badluck. i received mine today (ordered 2 days ago) and i had everything i needed to upgrade the software to eyetv 3. only took about 5 mins. no hassle.

also, i was told that in the next year or so, analog will no longer exist - going strictly with digital. not sure how accurate this info is, but better safe then sorry. no brainer. all about the HYBRID!

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  • WEBB O.
  • 4/21/2008 11:41:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat with Cable/Disk, not with Antenna

Pros: Great reception with satellite, cable, any digital source. Light and compact.

Cons: Disappointing with antenna. Have tried two amplified interior and one outdoor antenna with fair to no reception. All three of these antennas provide an acceptable picture with any of our TV sets.

Other Thoughts: This seems to be as good a solution as is now available for the Mac.

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  • American E.
  • 4/8/2008 11:22:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot flawless

Pros: Does what it says it does, mostly. Compact. Good ability to deal with weaker HD signals.

Cons: The remote is poorly designed. Interface with TitanTV does not work well at all, and this forms the heart of the product. Many of the features are not intuitive.

Other Thoughts: Beware of overly positive but superficial online reviews of this product. Although it is a good product (really 3.5 stars), if you use the product for any length of time, the shortcomings will become obvious. It's not a TIVO replacement.

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  • Mark T.
  • 4/3/2008 5:50:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEYE TV Hybrid

Pros: The product works as described however see cons.

Cons: NewEgg is shipping the product non-refundable and it did NOT include the code to upgrade the software to Eyetv3 which is another expense if you can't talk Elgato into the upgrade via their messaging system. Even if you can upgrade it is 3-5 days to get a response from their tech support which won't take phone calls or faxes.

Other Thoughts: The current software is $39.95 for an UPGRADE from what shipped with this product if Elgato won't upgrade it free.I was supposed to install this as a present tomorrow, now I'll have to make a return trip to set it up right when the software arrives, one way or another.

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  • D F.
  • 2/28/2008 10:35:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNew Model

Pros: Simple and reliable on a Mac. It just works. Over the air HD is superb on a Mac monitor.

Cons: A little pricey.

Other Thoughts: A current Model# 10020415 should be the newest version that was released in January. It includes EyeTV3 software and Clear QAM tuning. The packaging is the only clue to this new version according to Elgato. Older versions are still being sold that include EyeTV2 and do not have QAM tuning.

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