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elgato TV Receiver and Video Converter EyeTV 250 Plus 2008 USB 2.0 Interface

  • Powerful TV tuner
  • Video converter
  • Hardware compression
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EyeTV allows your Mac to receive, record, and edit HDTV and analog TV. You can even convert VHS tapes to digital files, using the included VHS assistant software. The program listing (internet access required) not only tells you what’s on, but gives you the ability to program shows for recording weeks in advance, or remotely, from the web!

EyeTV gives you the power to pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV, see closed captions and subtitles, and enjoy PiP viewing. Watch in full-screen or a floating window that shares your desktop with whatever you’re working on…all with no monthly service fees! EyeTV comes with an impressive suite of software and features, to take you far beyond simply viewing! Intelligent presets can select the best export format for your recordings, so you can export them seamlessly to iMovie, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, iPod, or PSP, individually or in batches.

Toast 8 Basic (included) offers one-step burning to DVD, and EyeTV’s built-in editor lets you remove unwanted content (like commercials!) from your recordings. It also makes it simple to create short video clips from a longer recording and save them as new files, or export them directly to your iPod or Apple TV. You’ve already got the Mac. Why buy a separate TV and DVR?

  • newegg Enjoy Analog/Digital TV on Your Mac The Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus receives free-to-air HDTV, unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM) and analog TV so you can enjoy TV programming on your Mac. With useful EyeTV software, the unit delivers high-quality digital and analog TV recordings, providing a complete video solution for your Mac.
  • newegg Excellent Video Conversion Capability With easy-to-use VHS Assistant, capture video and convert VHS tapes into high-quality digital files using your EyeTV 250 Plus; with iPod Assistant, easily capture your favorite shows or movies from an analog video source and convert them to the iPod/iPhone/Apple TV format.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The high speed USB 2.0 interface delivers up to 480Mbps bandwidth to facilitate real-time audio and video encoding and provides hot-swappable, plug-and-play capabilities for convenient connections to your computer.

Learn more about the Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus 2008

Model

Brand
elgato
Model
EyeTV 250 Plus 2008

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / NTSC
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
USB 2.0
Mac Compatible
Yes

Features

Features
TV tuner and video converter

Uses hardware compression, making it the best choice for older, non-Intel Macs

Receives digital TV with an antenna, basic analog cable TV, and unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM)

Comes with EyeTV Remote

Comes with Roxio Toast Basic disc burning software

Specifications

Video Encoding
Hardware-Encoder
Video Encoding:
- High-quality real-time encoding
- Supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-1
- NTSC resolutions: up to 720×480, 30 fps
- PAL resolutions: up to 720×576, 25 fps
- SECAM resolutions: up to 720×576, 25 fps
- Variable and constant bit rate up to 15-Mbit/sec

Audio Encoding:
- MPEG 1 Layer II
- Sampling rates of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz
- Compressed bit rates up to 448 kbit/sec
Ports In
USB 2.0
Specifications
Analog- / ATSC-Tuner
- Frequency range: 48-862MHz (VHF and UHF)
- Analog TV standards: NTSC
- Digital TV standards: ATSC
- 5th Generation LG Demodulator

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
- 5V DC, 2A

Dimensions
- 4.09" x 2.52" x 1.14"
- 0.3 lbs.

System Requirements

Processor
PowerPC G4,G5 or Intel Core processor
Note: 720p or 1080i HD features require a Dual PowerPC G5 or an Intel Core Duo processor.
Memory
512MB RAM
Available Slot
USB 2.0 port
Operating Systems Supported
Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
Others
An internet connection is required to download EyeTV Program Guide information from the TV Guide data service

Packaging

Package Contents
EyeTV 250 Plus Analogue/Digital TV Receiver and Video Converter
EyeTV 3 software (CD-ROM)
Roxio Toast Basic disc burning software (CD-ROM)
Infrared remote control with battery pack
Power supply
USB cable
Breakout cable for Composite, S-Video and Stereo Audio
Quick Start Guide

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  • Chad J.
  • 12/27/2009 10:54:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Awesome DVR, the software is great and easy to use.

Cons: Had a lot of problems with my remote control, it never seemed to work right or recognize most input commands. Never worried about it much because I don't need a remote that much, and started just using the Apple Remote that came with my older Macbook Pro, which worked fine... though wasnt able to access every feature.
also the TV listings service used to be free, but now is a yearly subscription through TV Guide, but its not too expensive.

Other Thoughts: This is a great device with fantastic software. I easily set up recordings, and smart recordings to get many episodes of whatever i want, plenty of options... filter out the channels I don't want, easily edit recordings to cut out commercials... export them in iPhone format to itunes with a click... can even stream them to my iPhone, including over 3G now. I've been very happy with this thing.

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  • Jim P.
  • 12/8/2009 3:05:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy TV with Elgato

Pros: This little unit, with the EyeTV 3.1.x software, puts anything I've every had on Windows to shame. Usage is smooth and easy. I've even had good success with using the $4.99 app to stream TV from my MacBook Pro 13.3" to my 2nd Generation iPod Touch, with the only stipulation being that to use that functionality you cannot do another intensive task, but, and this is important, you can browse the web, work on spreadsheets, word processing and the like. The TV Guide feature works perfectly, and after my years subscription is up, I will get it again. It pulls in the local signals using a $2.99 pair of rabbit ears very well. Recording works well. Everything I've tried works well to excellent.

Cons: Not any that I have discovered.

Other Thoughts: I might have instead gone with the Hybrid that sticks the USB port, since I don't quite envision using the component plugs that the desktop using has available. The stick would look just as good, and really, the looks were the determining factor of going with the EyeTV 250 instead of the Hybrid stick. In other words, the aestitics might be just as good or better with the stick. Oh well. I'm happy in any case. While I am happy with the CPU usage while recording, or converting to various formats, I am eventually going to purchase the stick to off load the conversion of formats of High Definition TV signals to other formats. I have learned that with non-digital media formats, the old discontinues analog signals, it would not help, but with conversions, it would.

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  • Joshua S.
  • 4/4/2009 8:17:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNever Watch Commercials Again!

Pros: * Doesn't use computer's processing power to encode
* Relatively easy to figure out (My wife set it up)
* Looks good next to my Mac Mini
* came with Eyetv 3.0 and toast software
* QAM clear tuner picks up digital and analog signals on my comcast connection.

Cons: * The remote is junk. Don't use it. The buttons are wrongly labeled or not labeled at all. Just use a wireless mouse and you'll be fine or if you have an apple remote you can get by just fine. This is my only real complaint.

Other Thoughts: I was skeptical at first about the quality comparing the cable connection between my TV and my computer (my TV is also my monitor for my computer), but there was, pleasantly, no noticeable difference. There is a way listed under "multiplexing" to watch two stations at once it as if you had two connections, so you can have Picture-in-Picture. If you are exporting your recordings it takes up some of your computer's processing power and I make sure that I do this when I don't have anything else really pressing to do on the computer. Editing the commercials out of the recordings can be tedious, but this is to be expected. A "one-hour" show can take up to 7Gb of hard drive - be prepared with a large external hard drive for saving your all of your favorite shows.

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  • LEO M.
  • 1/28/2009 8:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Device and Software

Pros: Works great on my Macbook

Cons: Expensive

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/3/2008 1:50:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThis is the way to go.

Pros: As I began to look at VHS to digital converters, the more I read, the more I leaned toward Elgato's made for Mac EyeTV. Oddly enough, its conversion feature was down played, but for under $200 you get a top rate converter, plus a digital recorder you can hook to your cable box or Tivo, and an antenna based TV receiver that will let you view lots of free TV as well, all in a tiny and very Mac-like form. It kinda looks like a miniature Mac mini.
A few of the things the latest 250 plus has going for it: It lets you record manually or through its helper program where you can set the recording to automatically stop at a specified length and export itself to Toast. It lets you export your recording to one of about 30 file formats. There's also a built in iMovie-like editor to get the basics done quick and easy, or you can dump your conversion into iMovie for more options. The EyeTV's hardware compression allows you to capture mucho video without a huge hard drive. All in all a great gadget

Cons: Sometimes needs to be re-initialized (meaning pull out the plug and re power the device). No big deal but you do have to check the Elgato help site to discover this.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you get the current version with EyeTV 3 software. Sadly there's no way to tell from the box.

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  • Elizabeth S.
  • 2/18/2008 7:36:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is the Cats meow

Pros: Easy set up, small enough for portability for use on multiple MAC's

Cons: None known to me!

Other Thoughts: I use this with full version of Toast Titanium and toast combined with the eye tv 250 makes it a couple of clicks and burning my work is all done. I just sit back and suck down some coffee.

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  • Brett G.
  • 2/6/2008 10:23:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOld Model

Pros: The item is awesome and works great on my macbook.

Cons: None, I love it. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: This is the older model of the 250 plus. Meaning that it does not include the newest version of eyetv (eyeTV3) and that the item does not include the latest firmware that supports clear QAM (digital) channels. Contact newegg before buying this to see if they have the new ones seeing this item is non refundable and non replaceable.

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  • Thorsten H.
  • 11/1/2007 1:10:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe good, the bad, and the ugly

Pros: Very good software and the hardware makes a good optical apperance on the desk. All connector cables are included. Software works great, even on older Macs like a 1.4 MHz G4 or slower. Free EPG service works great for finding TV shows to record.

Cons: Software can power on my Mac but can't power it down after the recording has been made (as of today), so you need to use the Energy Savings control panel, but this only works if all your recordings close together.

My Tuner box died after about six weeks without notice. Stopped recording and could not be found by the software. Technical support of Elgato can only be reached by email and has no phone number. Slow process... so this is the bad and the ugly side of the product. Might be just mine but you better be aware of these possible glitches since they might ruin your day...

Other Thoughts: Absolut great service from Newegg. After I contacted them and told them about my problems with contacting Elgato Technical support the arranged a free return and replacement even I didn't had the original box anylonger.

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