Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.
July 15, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home?
Buy a digital TV tuner that plugs into my Mac's USB port.
This has gotta be possible, right?
I don't want to buy a TV. I'm perfectly happy watching on my MacBook screen or iPad.
I don't want to pay for Cable. Call me dumb, but I'd just really rather not pay for Cable.
I want to be able to watch live broadcast TV on my MacBook Pro. Bonus points if I can watch live broadcast TV on my iPad. Bonus points if I can record live broadcast TV to watch later (presumably by playing an MP4 file or something on my MacBook Pro or iPad). Bonus points if I can schedule recording in advance.
I can use my MacBook Pro as the central brains of this setup, or an old MacBook Air or Mac Mini. I'm happy to buy a Roku Box or Apple TV or Sling Box or something similar. My impression is that all of those things are designed to plug into TVs and I don't have or want a TV, but maybe my impression is wrong. I would rather not buy a Windows computers to make all this happen, but I guess I'd consider it if that's really the way to go.
In my naiveté I feel like I should be able to do the following:
Buy a digital TV antenna that plugs into the digital TV tuner.
Get some free or paid software that lets me suck the signal off the USB tuner and either save it in an MP4 file or watch it in a window.
Maybe even stream that video onto my iPad.
This is 2014. Please tell me that I'm not smoking crack and this is possible, even straightforward and inexpensive to do.
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