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elgato EyeTV One TV Tuner for Mac or PC

  • One Year Free TV Guide
  • EyeTV Software
  • Win7/Mac Compatible
  • Digital TV tuner
  • Easy to set up and use
  • USB 2.0 Interface
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  • Ken E.
  • 6/5/2012 9:38:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK Package - Poor software

Pros: Receiver comes in nice small size. Works well with
Windows 7 media. Easy setup and station scan - thanks to windows.

Cons: Does not receive ATSC HDTV on VHF chnls 7 - 13. Only UHF! Software is for Mac - I guess. Should be priced @ $29.95 and come with a free Mac.

Other Thoughts: All high power UHF HDTV stations in my area are received very nicely.

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 5/18/2012 7:06:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well on Windows 7, but not perfect

Pros: Although I am a mac user, I only have over the air TV and when I built my Windows 7 HTPC, I chose this tuner. This tuner works with Windows 7, I believe right out of the gate, no special drivers are needed, although you can download what you need to. Windows Media Center recognized the tuner and got to work scanning the channels. It worked fine with Windows Media Center on Windows 7 64-bit.

Cons: Here is where I have to drop an egg. Although the tuner works fine, its packaged software is not compatible with Windows, and also, the tuner doesn't pick up all channels as my off-brand LCD tv. I only have an indoor antenna, and I ran my coax cable into the tuner and it picked up about 7 less channels than when I had the antenna hooked up to the TV, and this was with the antenna in the exact same position. In other words, I only unplugged the coax and had it either connected to the TV or the TV tuner card. With it connected to the Elgato, I constantly had to change antenna positions. If I were to do this over again, or when I upgrade in the future when I get a few extra dollars, I am just going to buy an add-in card instead of using a USB tuner and see if that helps.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this device, but I'd stick with the system it was designed for - Mac. It works well enough on Windows 7, but don't expect to receive all your channels without getting up from your seat and readjusting the antenna. Keep the antenna hooked to your TV and use this device on your mac instead. 4 eggs.

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  • Patrick T.
  • 11/25/2011 12:58:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOne for me, one for mom, one for my uncle

Pros: Plug it in to your Mac, connect a good antenna, and watch HDTV. It's pretty simple.

After buying one for my mom, I bought another for my uncle. And after a few months with just Netflix and Hulu, I bought one for myself.

Here in Los Angeles, I generally have full and complete listings for the approximately one hundred channels I receive. The software works okay, if you dedicate a fast external hard drive to recordings you'll probably enjoy the experience more.

EyeTV iPad app is neat.

Cons: As a long-time user of MythTV on Linux with MythFrontend on my Mac, I can't stand the software although it basically accomplishes the same task while making exports to iPod/iPhone/iPads way easier.

Activation code for software. Is El Gato a software company or a hardware company?

Other Thoughts: I think you're buying this because you already watch TV online but want to see some over-the-air broadcasts. And it works great, just spend fifty dollars on your antenna.

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  • Peter W.
  • 9/23/2011 3:17:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected

Pros: Intuitive and easy-to-use software. The included software package was the main reason I picked this over some cheaper tuners, and I have not been disappointed.

The tuner itself seems very effective at picking up TV channels in my area - better than my actual TV using the same antenna. Picture quality is as good as it gets.

I love the built-in software features to help you easily edit and export recordings: you can easily cut out commercials and re-encode the recordings down to a smaller size so they'll actually fit on your hard drive for later viewing.

Cons: More expensive than cut-rate tuners. (You probably get what you pay for.)

Other Thoughts: I primarily bought this tuner to use it to record some of my favorite OTA TV shows while not at home. Basically I wanted a poor man's DVR. I picked the EyeTV because it seemed like it offered the best software experience on my Mac. I have not been disappointed.

A noted feature, but something to be aware of: with this device, you can only receive one channel at a time, whether viewing or recording. So if you want to watch the game on one channel and record a show in the background, you will need two tuners. I'm thinking about buying another for this very purpose.

Also, initially recorded shows are *huge* (about 4-6 GB for an hour). This is to be expected, but if you get carried away like I did and start recording a lot of shows, you might need more hard drive space!

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