EyeTV

Version: 3.6.5 || Release Date: 2014-02-21 || License: Shareware ($79.95) App Owner: schildkroeter

Turn your Mac into the coolest television in the house. Pause the TV show while you get a snack. Rewind and watch that great play again. Fast forward past the advertisements. Float the EyeTV window on top of other applications and keep an eye on your show while you work or surf the Web. Or, go “Full Screen”, stretch out on the couch, and channel surf with an EyeTV or Apple Remote.

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18 Opinions

For French users: eyetv 3.3.3 works with a Freebox, but not with a Bbox or an SFR box.

My mac is now my TV set. I've been quite satisfied with it's performance. Software came w/ the EyeTV 250 device. Also comes w/ a separate remote control.

3.1.2 is available.

2.5 caused some problems, but was a workable solution. But the new 3.0 is rubbish.

This is the first time I have been moved to comment negatively on a piece of Mac software: I paid for the upgrade, but it's been nothing but restart, restart, restart because of instability.

Five reasons not to upgrade:

1. DVD Player and EyeTV 3.0 fight for some reason (when EyeTV is recording during DVD Player playback), leading to kernel panics. Duh, restart machine.
2. USB driver code appears to lead to kernel panics all by itself. Duh, restart machine.
3. web access is so flakey as to be useless. Duh, restart EyeTV.
4. export is painfully slow (many days to export some stuff, it might even be that the export function is broken) Duh, restart encoding.
5. many, many spinning beachballs (unbelievable). Duh, restart EyeTV.

Sleak, slow and unworkably poor. EyeEyeEyeTV: stick with 2.5...

Easy to use, beautiful, stable. Applications like these make the Mac experience so pleasant. They just work and fit in the overall look-and-feel. Well worth the additional cost.

But I also miss saved searches in version 2.5.2. :-(

The best computer based PVR I've used, and I've wasted way too much time and money on other setup's until I found this one.

EyeTV + MacMini is a great combination. The software is very good, it could use a couple more features in automating output to AppleTV, for instance, detailed control over encoding export options. HDTV watching on my mac is quite an experience, very impressive. FYI the Hybrid retails for $150, at your neighborhood apple store.

Mmilian said:
"I'm very surprised that there are so many users of this app considering you need to plunk down at least $250 to get this thing working."

If you know any cheaper way to receive and record TV broadcasts to DVD and DivX, please enlighen us. Oh, and I assume you won't be using additional hardware since the $250 price tag is primarily for the TV tuner and MPEG encoder/decoder, not the EyeTV application itself which costs €80.

Still lacks a few generally useful features, like:

• Saved EPG searches(!)
• "Keep viewer window on top" preference

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