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Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus Digital/Analog TV Receiver and Video Converter
List Price: $199.95

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Product Description

EyeTV 250 Plus is a hybrid TV Tuner for the Mac with a powerful hardware encoder for higher quality recordings and smaller sized video files. EyeTV 250 Plus receives both free over-the-air HDTV as well as analog TV, and offers a complete solution for moving your video collection from VHS tape to DVD-Video.
EyeTV 250 Plus is future-proof for the upcoming digital TV switch-over in 2009, and is ideal for those who want the flexibility of a digital and analog TV tuner together with a hardware encoder in one device. EyeTV 250 Plus 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 standard cable or antenna. EyeTV 250 Plus 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. EyeTV 250 Plus' powerful hardware encoder also records high quality video from analog sources, compressing audio and video signals to small size MPEG-2 files and freeing up your processor for other activities. MPEG-2 is a premium-quality video compression standard which is the basis for DVD and digital television. Use EyeTV 250 Plus to capture video and convert VHS tapes into high-quality digital files. EyeTV 250 Plus' easy-to-use VHS Assistant will walk you through each step, from connecting your VCR or camcorder right through to burning a DVD or sending the recording to iTunes. Export clips and entire episodes to your video-capable iPod, Apple TV, and iPhone Store your collection on an external drive, or burn it to disc using Roxio Toast 8 Basic (included) Convert old videotapes to digital files using the VHS Assistant

Features:
  • Watch, pause, and rewind free over-the-air HDTV, Clear QAM or analog television on your Mac.
  • Record TV shows and export videos to your iPod, Apple TV, or iPhone.
  • iPod Assistant to convert analog video to iPod/iPhone/Apple TV formats
  • Includes Roxio Toast 8 Basic disc burning software and EyeTV 3 software.
  • Records high quality video and frees up your processor for other activities.

Customer Reviews:

  • It's (almost) perfect!
    It was a breeze to hook up and get running on my Mac: plug in the device, let the setup run to scan for channels, define the recording directory, etc. The software is mostly trouble-free, but has a few minor glitches that I've gotten used to.

    One is a one-time annoyance: linking the channels to the TitanTV program guide. It's a little more tedious than it needs to be. The second problem is an ongoing thing: occasionally, when it wakes up to record a program it doesn't seem to "see" the signal from the antenna and i get a blank recording instead of a show. If you're "catch-up" watching (watching a show while you're recording it) it will yank you out of your show and into live tv when the recording finishes, and you have to go back and find your place to continue watching the recording. Finally, it seems to eat up more CPU time than it should, even while it's not (apparently) doing anything. However, El Gato seems to be very committed to software maintenance and enhancement, and the EyeTV software has improved even in the short time i've owned it!

    All in all, though, it's easy to use, convenient and a great alternative to those all-in-one DVR boxes, since you have so much control over scheduling, editing and exporting for later iPod viewing. ...more info
  • dead and without diagnostics
    I installed the product, and the software said that there was no signal. There is no assistance to find a problem. I swapped cables just in case, but still "no signal"....more info
  • No tech support, poor function
    Beware of this product and the company. There is NO phone support at all - tech support takes about 3 days to email back. There is a 15% return charge (open box fee - about 30$, and you have to pay shipping both ways- So, it cost me about $50 to NOT be able to watch tv on my computer).

    There is a lag between the video and audio on all channels (with a top of the line smoking fast mac book pro), the reception via antenna (the best ones recommended by Elgato themselves) is terrible and even the cable channels have terrible pictures. It is not really possible to trouble shoot such issues via email. Either stick to your TV or buy something else ...more info
  • Works Well With Comcast Cable
    If you own a Macintosh computer, don't bother using your DVD recorder any longer. The Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus is a more elegant solution. Its QAM tuner picks up over 100 digital TV stations that are available unencrypted or "in the clear" from Comcast "limited basic" cable that costs $18.95 per month. Included in these 100 stations are 8 HDTV stations. For those without a cable subscription, the ATSC tuner will pick up unencrypted TV stations over the air. An NTSC tuner is included as well, despite the fact that it will be desirable or useful much longer.

    An on-line TV guide that is available free from TitanTV makes setting up recording simple. And you can download free "ETV Commskip" software from Google that automatically marks commercials and skips over them.

    If you own an Intel Mac, you can record in HDTV format which requires 6 to 7 gigabytes per hour of recording but which creates Blue Ray quality recordings. If you own an older, PowerPC Mac, you might be limited to recording in SDTV (standard definition) format which requires only 1.4 gigabytes per hour of recording.

    If you don't own a Macintosh computer, your next best option is the Toshiba DR560 DVD recorder Toshiba DR560 1080p Upconverting DVD Recorder with Built-in Tuner. However, with this or any other DVD recorder that is currently available, you will be limited to recording in SDTV format....more info
  • Get something else
    My main issue is tech support. They take a long time to respond so you have to be really patient to - in the end - learn that you're on your own after spending $180 on a box that gets absurdly hot after 30 minutes. Its software is also non-intuitive and the setup assinstants are windows-like (with numerous choices to get you slowly to a common place). Go get something else (or if you want this badly I can sell you mine for half the price!!)....more info
  • Plays TV on your Mac
    Bought this to play TV on my iMac and to transfer old videos to my computer. Works well as a TV tuner. The DVR software is pretty good too. Not as easy to use as Tivo, but it still works. Haven't tried the video transfer yet. Buy the less expensive Elgato tuners if all you want is TV w/o the DVR and video transfer features....more info
  • Easy to use and works like a charm.
    My sole purpose in ordering this was the hopes of (easily) transferring all my VHS and 8mm home movies to the computer for editing. I had tried with a Pinnacle device and my Windows machine but had nothing but headaches. Unfortunately, the product arrived at my door in a pre-opened state - from the looks of it, someone somewhere along the line just HAD to use the remote and batteries in the package. Not knowing the specifics, I returned it and ordered another one. My return was easy and quick, my bank account properly credited, and the second unit arrived a couple days later, unopened. I plugged the thing into my mini, hooked a VHS player up and voila! Up pops a window and there, on my computer screen, the 20 year old video of my (then) newborn daughter, which later easily imported into Final Cut Express for editing. So unlike my earlier attempts with Pinnacle and XP!

    Though I haven't tried the HD TV reception/recording, for what I bought it for I am quite pleased and recommend it to other Mac users in search of such services....more info
  • works fine
    i like it- i use it for recording and i also use it to pump AM/FM radio through it and then delay the sound coming in and sync it up with the red sox games on tv. i really don't like the playoff announcers and the radio guys do a much better job. ...more info
  • Works flawlessly
    I bought this item mainly for transferring old video tapes to digital format & have not been disappointed. I was impressed by the additional ability to watch TV through the device. I hooked this device up to a several-years old Powerbook & still enjoy VERY smooth recording & playback....more info
  • Horrible and overpriced
    The company seems to change tuners all the time so their products are obsolete by the time that you receive them. Tech support is slow to respond and they fail to clarify the units incompatibilities with cables boxes and HD programs, you'll find out as a gotcha. There are better competing products for less so do your homework before buying one of these gadgets!...more info
  • works sometimes
    The software that comes w/ this thing is glitchy at best. It requires a admin usr/pwd every time you shut it down. It seems to change prefs at random as well. It will record tv but the signal quality is a little worse than a vcr on the analog side. The digital recording is jumpy because of the de-interlacing takes so many resources from my iMac. When you turn off the de-interlacing the motion is all smeared. It is terrible for sports. My core due Imac is not up to it, maybe a newer machine could get it done.

    As for the hardware it gets really hot and then quits working periodically so you cannot use it for a sustained period w/o putting a fan on it or something.

    It does work for recording my kids pbs shows, she does not seem to notice the problems, maybe I need the attention span of a 3 year old!
    ...more info
  • Good TV tuner for the Mac...

    I have a iMac G5 (1MB RAM, 1.8Ghz processor) and wanted to watch television while working on my computer. Didn't want to buy another TV so thought a Mac TV tuner would be less expensive. After trying the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid tuner stick I upgraded to the EyeTV 250 Plus. Unlike the smaller memory-stick-like EyeTV Hybrid, it's a bit larger, about the size of a deck of cards, with a dedicated power supply, and comes with a USB cord, adapter cable, and a small remote. I hooked it up, restarted and it worked right away, with the same EyeTV3 program, no big adjustments needed. New users will have to go through the software setup and registration process, which took about 30-45 minutes when I did it.

    Am able to watch Cable TV on my computer while on the Web, usually using a small or half-size window, although "normal" and full-screen is also available. Because of this unit's dedicated processor the picture quality and smoothness on the HD channels is much better...only a little picture jerking when I load a page on my web browser, and the audio remains smooth, no stuttering. QAM and NTSC channels look better too. ...more info