How do I watch TV on my Macbook Pro?
August 21, 2006 8:43 AM   Subscribe

How can I watch TV on my MacBook Pro? What hardware/software will I need? My room has a cable outlet where I can hook a regular TV up, but I'm a little confused as to what I need after that. (The ability to record/pause would be great, but not really needed.)
posted by ruwan to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Check out Elgato's EyeTV. There are probably more solutions but I've heard great things about this one.
posted by patr1ck at 8:57 AM on August 21, 2006

Elgato is probably the best solution IMHO.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 8:58 AM on August 21, 2006

Miglia makes the TVMini. it's an iPod Shuffle-sized USB device that you shove in and connect the cable to on the other side, and then you work it with Elgato's EyeTV software (included). much smaller than using the real EyeTV, though that's good too. (if you want HD, they make an HD version too - it's larger, though.)
posted by mrg at 9:06 AM on August 21, 2006

upon more poking, elgato has something similar to the TVMini. btw, the EyeTV software does PVR stuff, so you can get channel listings and do recording and stuff like that pretty easily.
posted by mrg at 9:09 AM on August 21, 2006

Elgato's lineup has just turned upside down! I have an EyeTV 500 (and love it), but now they're only selling those refurb, for $200 (used to be $300 +). There's this tiny "hybrid" on the site for $150 (do they not include software anymore?) that seems to be its successor. I can't see why it's $50 cheaper than a refurb 500... any ideas?

The 250 is the old school setup that compresses analog (only) to MPEG in the box, and it's actually more expensive ($200). With your (very capable) MBP you're better off with the hybrid, which just forwards the already compressed digital stream to your computer. It apparently does analog cable too somehow, but not analog broadcast.

My head is exploding. And I'm jealous.
posted by Doctor Barnett at 9:20 AM on August 21, 2006

Can you get something like this that fits in an express card / pcmcia slot?
posted by luriete at 9:21 AM on August 21, 2006

MacBook's dont have express card / pcmcia slots.
I second, third, Elgato. I've got the Twinhan Alpha on my iBook & Powerbook.

Unfortunately, in Australia, the TV guide dosen't work on it.
posted by psyward at 9:52 AM on August 21, 2006

Here's a bit of a hijack--

I already have a usb tuner that I used to use with my media center dell. Can this be used on my macbook? Any freeware software out there?
posted by jne1813 at 9:53 AM on August 21, 2006

although the macbook pro DOES have an express card slot.. sorry.
posted by psyward at 9:57 AM on August 21, 2006

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid.

Will also get HD with over the air signals, at 1080p on your nice dual core system.

Only $150 too. I can't wait for my shop to get one in, so I can play with it.
posted by mrzarquon at 11:14 AM on August 21, 2006

hijack, too: if I wanted to transfer a show from my tivo (or in this case motorola dvr) to my powerbook, would the eye tv still be the way to go? connect the red-yellow-white cables to it? or is there are less expensive way?
posted by krautland at 11:59 AM on August 21, 2006 [1 favorite]

Right now my Win MCE has an IR-Blaster which controls my digital cable box - channels change automatically when it's time to record...

Do any of these products have an equivalent 'blaster' that would allow it to automatically change channels off my DCT when it's time to record?
posted by burhan at 3:23 PM on September 11, 2006

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