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#151577 29-Aug-2014 13:58
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I have a fairly old 32" TV in my kitchen which is on it's last legs.

Rather than replacing it with another TV, I was thinking about replacing it with an 27" iMac, but wondered if I could still connect up a freeview box (specifically, my TiVo) to the iMac and watch that on the iMac screen.

Or would it make more sense to just get a normal 32" TV for a few hundred bucks, connect the TiVo to that, and just buy a Mac Mini instead?  Would certainly be a lot cheaper.

(it will mostly be used as a kind of HTPC - so likely no real need for the grunt of a full iMac)


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  #1117994 29-Aug-2014 14:45
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Don't bother with the imac,
Buy a cheap 32inch TV and plug your Tivo into that, then think about if you want to connect a Mac Mini later.

The Current Gen Imacs "can" accept inbound video, but only from a Thundebolt source  ( pervious imacs with a Minidisplay port could take HDMI from an adaptor,  but HDMI to Thunderbolt adapters don't exist ( and it does not appear anyone is actively working on one) 

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  #1117999 29-Aug-2014 14:54
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The SiliconDust HDHomeRun is an option if you want to watch TV on any computer on your home network (Windows, Linux, Mac)


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  #1118001 29-Aug-2014 15:06
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EyeTV is the de facto way of getting Freeview on a Mac, although you'd avoid the TiVo completely and do it all with the EyeTV software.

Edit: Site appears to be broken at the moment! Not a good look...

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  #1118062 29-Aug-2014 16:47
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I have used the EyeTV Netstream device to have Freeview available to my iMac and Macbook and iPad for some 3 years now - has worked very well and it is good to be able to watch TV on these other screens when needed.

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  #1123204 6-Sep-2014 16:16
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Have set up a HDHomeRun - it is a dual network tuner and then EyeTV. Not the cheapest software to purchase but well worth the setup

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