Elgato EyeTV HD DVR Leans On Macs (and Plays Nice With iPads)

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The Elgato EyeTV HD DVR has one noble aim: making it as easy as possible to watch your HD cable or satellite TV content, including premium channels, on your MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones and iPads. But it'll cost you a leash.


The DVR has component inputs for HD sources—as well as S-Video and composite cables for standard def ones—and plugging it into your satellite or cable box will let you records shows and movies in full HD, H.264 video. But the EyeTV isn't only a metaphorical bridge between your computer room and living room; it's unfortunately a physical one, too, depending on your cable box for a TV tuner and your Mac for a hard drive. An included IR remote, at least, will give you freedom to set recordings and navigate channels from the couch.

Once you do get the EyeTV within a USB cables' reach of your Mac, the EyeTV 3 software offers simple options for making iPad- and iPhone-optimized encodings, which it can capture on the fly instead of full HD for quick exporting. Better yet, the revamped EyeTV app allows you to stream live TV and recorded shows, or schedule new recordings, on your iPad and iPhone over 3G or WiFi.

If you're an iDevice user serious about your video—and your multimedia set-up isn't already sprawling across several rooms—you can pick up an Eye TV HD for $199 from Elgato or your local Apple Store. [Elgato]

Elgato Debuts EyeTV HD – The Ultimate DVR for High Definition TV

Full-featured DVR captures television, including premium channels, from cable or satellite receivers and delivers it live to Macs in full HD

Updated EyeTV 3.4 software will enable streaming of live or recorded TV on Apple's® iPad
May 24, 2010 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—(EON: Enhanced Online News)—Today, Elgato debuted the world's only DVR solution which provides full access to premium cable or satellite TV content on a Mac – EyeTV HD. Customers can now watch record, edit and enjoy cable and satellite in high-definition, including all their premium channels. EyeTV HD includes a unique dual-format capture mode that records in iPad and iPhone formats at the same time, allowing users to stream live and recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad using the optional EyeTV app.

Easy Setup

EyeTV HD is a breeze to setup and use; simply connect EyeTV HD to the outputs of the cable or satellite receiver with the included component cables, and to the computer via USB. Then position the included infrared channel changer cable nearby. The EyeTV software setup assistant takes you through a simple configuration process and in just a few minutes you'll be enjoying all your premium content like never before.

Unique dual-format capture mode

EyeTV HD also has a unique dual-format capture mode so that you can record in iPad and iPhone formats at the same time. EyeTV HD enables super-fast exports to iTunes from EyeTV. It is also possible to stream live TV, including high definition TV, to iPad or iPhone, using the optional EyeTV for iPhone/iPad app.

Superb quality digital TV recordings

EyeTV HD records in the pristine H.264 format for a crystal clear, high-definition digital picture. The H.264 format delivers beautiful image quality and a superb compression ratio, which produces smaller file size when compared to MPEG-2 recordings. H.264 can match the best possible MPEG-2 quality at up to half the data rate.

Capture HD and SD video from a camcorder or VCR

EyeTV HD can capture video from analog and digital sources such as a VCR or a camcorder. EyeTV HD includes component inputs for HD sources, as well as S-Video and composite inputs for standard definition sources. Simply connect the video source to your computer using the included breakout cable, then watch and even record the picture on your computer as an EyeTV recording.

Archive recordings

EyeTV HD also comes with Toast Basic disc-burning software so you can archive your favorite movies and TV shows and save space on your hard drive.

Award-winning software

EyeTV HD comes with EyeTV 3, the award-winning TV software for Mac. Watch, pause, and rewind live TV – at the desk or on the couch. Search the Program Guide using multiple criteria, and record one show or create Smart Series Guides to record the entire season of a TV series. Edit recordings, and share them with other Macs on the network. EyeTV can even export TV shows to iTunes automatically for playback on iPhone or iPad.

EyeTV 3 includes one year of free data from TV Guide, with optional renewal for only US$19.95 per year. An optional EyeTV app is available to stream live or recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad. Smart Series Guide functionality requires a TV Guide subscription.

System Requirements

• Macintosh: 2.26 GHz Intel Core® 2 Duo processor or better, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later

• 2 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port

• Cable or satellite receiver with analog video and audio outputs (component output required for HD)

• Internet connection required to download Program Guide data.

What's In The Box

• EyeTV HD recorder

• EyeTV 3 TV software for Mac (CD-ROM)

• Infrared remote control with battery pack

• EyeTV infrared channel changer

• USB cable (6 ft)

• Component video cable (6 ft)

• Stereo audio cables (6 ft)

• Breakout cable for composite and S-Video inputs

• PDF product manual (CD-ROM)

• Quick start guide


EyeTV HD is available from the Elgato Online Store (www.elgato.com) and from the Apple Store at a price of US $199.95.



I'm still waiting for a satellite tuner card for pc's. I fail to see why this hasn't happened yet.