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#27338 22-Oct-2008 17:37
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I've read the few threads about these topics but none have seemed to address it at a level I can understand.
Basically I don't have anything at the moment except the mac and am wanting to get set up. So far I was planning on getting the Elgato 250 Plus. I'm pretty sure I can get standard analogue TV with just that, but I am wondering if I can also get digital freeview as well or will I also need to get a freeview decoder (what the guy at the store said). 
If someone could go through how I would basically set myself up with these things that would be helpful and then i'll ask questions as I go.


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  #172932 23-Oct-2008 00:42
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Piaow!
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/Fossie/4566

No 'decoder' needed. Just a digital tv tuner and some grunt.



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  #172973 23-Oct-2008 09:10
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so 'digital tv tuner' means the Elgato 250 Plus? and grunt will mean my intel imac?

 
 
 
 


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  #172978 23-Oct-2008 09:30
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Bingo. But you should get the eyetv hybrid. Smaller and has fm radio.

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  #172986 23-Oct-2008 09:56
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EyeTV hybrid is also powered off the USB port, so you dont need another power cord to clutter things,

I am not sure you get much hardware acceleration of NZ's MPEG 4 freeview with the 250 but I could be mistaken,

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  #172994 23-Oct-2008 10:22
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The 250 does all the work for analogue, but does nothing for DTT. Eyetv also doesn't use graphics card acceleration. Hence the need for grunt.



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  #173039 23-Oct-2008 13:32
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I had been planning on getting the 250 plus because I thought that my computer might be too old to handle the tuner optimally. If a hybrid would be all I would need then that would be great as it's a bit cheaper. I am running a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo Imac with 2GB of Ram and Mac OS X 10.4.11, I'm not planning on using the tuner at the same time as much else on the computer is there a chance I could run into any problems there?

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  #173117 23-Oct-2008 17:16
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could someone kindly explain if Elgato EyeTv Hybrid will work fine in Auckland and be able to get good clear transmission of freeview channels?
i have intel macbook pro so would that allow me to watch feeds that care at 1080HD as well?

thanks.

 
 
 
 




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  #173118 23-Oct-2008 17:19
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On top of this, anyone tried in Newtown, Wellington?

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  #173209 23-Oct-2008 22:18
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hey guys.... got myself hybrid tv tuner card... elgato eyetv hybrid.. its fantastic!! i thought i might have to connect it to an external antena but one that comes with it is great!! well i am in auckland region so that might be the bcase... but am not too sure.... its good! just going through the programme guide which is causing a bit of pain but other than that its a beauty! 

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  #175439 3-Nov-2008 13:34
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could anyone help me with heating issues i am having with my macbook pro when i am using eyetv hybrid?
it tends to heat up my machine if i am watching it for a while especially the tv 3 ones....
any thoughts??

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  #175443 3-Nov-2008 13:43
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because it maxes your cpu out. Get SMC fan controller and crank your fans to max.

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  #175444 3-Nov-2008 13:46
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Hi there,

Thanks for explaining that... but would you mind explaining a bit more on the type of fan and where i could possibly get please? thanks.

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  #175470 3-Nov-2008 15:49
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http://homepage.mac.com/holtmann/eidac/

It allows manual control of the fan speeds. The HD channels really heat up the CPU so it is worth raising the fan speed minimums early.




Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.


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  #175543 3-Nov-2008 20:56
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hey guys... thanks for the tip on SMC fan control... cos its does wonders for me! :) thanks heaps... 

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