Joined: 01 May 2008
|Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:04 pm Post subject:
|SageTV rocks pretty hard. I used EyeTV, but was disappointed in the weak integration of the program guide into any form of smart recording. To be fair, the most recent release of EyeTV3 has finally allowed recording of series automatically, as well as automatic recording of anything matching inputted keywords, but it is still very keyboard driven, and is still a little nuts-and-bolts when it comes to user environment. It's much more of a desktop interface than a home theater interface. One could argue that there is a Front Row-like interface for EyeTV, but I was always frustrated with it, and went back to the EyeTV app on the desktop every time because it was too simple and limiting to me.
Sage's integration with their EPG service really allows for a more complete 'wrap-around' interface that doesn't require anything more than an Apple remote to get around smoothly. If you like tinkering, SageMC is an user interface that is installed in addition to the basic SageTV that is an even better media center experience. One thing SageTV hasn't fully integrated into the basic Sage package is clip editing. It possible to install as a sort-of plug-in in PC land with some puttering, but I don't know about Mac.
I have also recently investigated XBMC for OSX - or OSXBMC as they call it - but could not find any clear info on recording video using an HD ATSC tuner.
I've gone back and forth a couple times, and Sage is the best in my opinion if you plan on recording OTA or clear QAM with a Mac.
Hope this helps somebody.
MacMini Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB
EyeTV Hybrid (Hauppage 950)
G-Force 500GB External Firewire