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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Elgato EyeTV 500 Reply with quote

I just ordered a refurbished model ($199) direct from Elgato ...
http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv500

I'll post more on it once it arrives and I get it set up. Can't wait! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New toys!! Very Happy

I wouldn't mind having one of those. Do you have regular cable, digital cable or DirectTV?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
New toys!! Very Happy

I wouldn't mind having one of those. Do you have regular cable, digital cable or DirectTV?


Yeah! It's a Christmas present. Cool

Dish Network .. want the EyeTV 500 for over-the-air HDTV channels and
to record those channels. Wink

Got an email from Elgato saying my order has shipped.
I should get it on Friday (2nd day UPS) Exclamation
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$199 is a good price.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OGN wrote:
$199 is a good price.


I thought so too. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would be the best and least expensive EyeTV box to use with DirecTV? I would like to buy one if the new mini doesn't have some sort of built-in DVR. Do all the EyeTV boxes use Firewire 400?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weee wrote:
What would be the best and least expensive EyeTV box to use with DirecTV? I would like to buy one if the new mini doesn't have some sort of built-in DVR. Do all the EyeTV boxes use Firewire 400?


http://www.elgato.com is your friend! Wink

I think you'd be looking at the EyeTV 200:
http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv200

The EyeTV EZ connects via USB 2.0
http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetvez

Miglia makes DVR solutions for Macs as well
(my bro has a Alchemy TV DVR PCI card in his PowerMac G4)
http://www.miglia.com
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaron.c wrote:


I think you'd be looking at the EyeTV 200:
http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv200


Thanks. The EyeTV 200 looks like the one for me. I would rather have something with firewire instead of USB. Does anyone out there own one?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my EyeTV 500 on Friday morning ... hooked/ set it up in about 5 - 10 minutes.
(once I got the anntena and coaxial cable installed)

I haven't recorded anything yet. I need to free up some more space on my stock 80GB drive.

There is one image up on my Flickr page - of the accessories: Quick Start Guide, Remote and FireWire cable.
I'll be sure to post more in the coming days. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/76897986/


Merry Christmas,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is Elgato handling transfers to 5G iPods with the EyeTV boxes? Do they have their own piece of software or are they relying on QuickTime?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

castaway wrote:
How is Elgato handling transfers to 5G iPods with the EyeTV boxes? Do they have their own piece of software or are they relying on QuickTime?


Unfortunately, I don't have an iPod to transfer files .. Sad

I'll try encoding a clip .. Elgato has export options for the iPod (with video) in their newest
version of the EyeTV software, 1.8.4. "default" (H.264) and "recommended" (MPEG-4).
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also took advantage of the $199 refurb EyeTV 500.

It works great. TimeWarner in my area only has ABC, CBS, and NBC in Clear QAM. I only have standard cable, but these channels come in great. I recorded a football game, an episode of Lost, and some sitcom.

Great quality, and playback is just on the skippy side of smooth off my Mac Mini. I also have the EyeTV software recording directly to an external LaCie firewire HD.

Daisy chaining the two devices together works fine, I don't remember which device is first in the chain though. In the EyeTV manual, it specifies a preferred order. Playback while recording is not so hot in my set up, but I don't plan to be doing that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the "over-the-air" channels we receive in our area (NEPA):
16-1 WNEP-DT (ABC)
16-2 WNEP-DT2 (ABC)
22-1 WYOU-DT (CBS)
28-1 WBRE-DT (NBC)
44-1 WVIA-DT (PBS)
44-2 WVIA-DT2 (PBS)
44-3 WVIA-DT3 (PBS)
44-4 WVIA-DT4 (PBS)
56-1 WOLF-DT (FOX)
56-2 WSWB (WB)
64-1 WQPX-DT (PAX)
64-2 WQPX Pax (PAX)
64-3 WQPX Worship (PAX)
64-4 WQPX FaithTV (PAX)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been posting quite a few screencaps to my Flickr account, see:

24 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061813357/
Conan O'Brien - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061766098/
David Letterman - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061802545/
EyeTV - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594048130724/
Invasion - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061811226/
LOST - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061804174/
Numb3rs - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061812219/
TV Screens - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/1703899/
Without A Trace - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_c/sets/72057594061819782/
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaron.c wrote:
I've been posting quite a few screencaps to my Flickr account, see:


Sweet! Those captures look crystal clear.

Edit: I like the one of Kiefer sitting in front of his iMac!
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