• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic (with one small exception)

    • Written by from Chippenham

    i've used several DVB-T recording devices (a cheap digibox with hdd, a £200 dual tuner humax freeview recorder, a £50 usb tuner and an integrated tuner in my brother's HP vista pc) and this outshines them all. make sure you select dual tuner if you want to watch/record 2 things at once as i set mine wrong to start with.

    the exception to the general brilliance of this is the antennas supplied, they are a load of rubbish for use in a building. that said if you are using the eyetv with a laptop on the move they are your only option.

    the EyeTV 3 software is great. normally when reading a manufacturers website about their product i normally find they overestimate how good their product is. i dont think Elgato could overestimate if they tried. everything i would want to do the software allows for, and in most cases offers more options than you will ever need. a slight niggle is that when viewing the tv windowed the virtual remote is always on the screen however in full screen mode it fades out after a short delay.

    the smart guides are a fantastic idea as they let you create custom searches relating to almost any aspect of the program you may wish to watch, and you can set it to automatically record all the programs it finds that match your criteria, or you can manually select just the ones you want to see.

    another great feature is that once recorded your library can be set up for access by anything on your network with a web browser and the recordings streamed to that device. this works especially well with the iPod touch/iPhone as the software is really designed for this purpose.

    i'm sure theres much more this product can offer that i haven't mentioned and i'm sure it will be as good if not better than all the features i've described.

    if you want to watch TV on your mac i can't recommend this enough.

    219 of 237 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eye TV Diversity

    • Written by from Gloucester

    This is a brilliant bit of kit and does just what it says on the box. It can't beat the laws of physics, so don't expect it to pick up every station in any circumstance, no matter what. However it often beats a wired TV in a typical B&B or hotel while I'm on the move, reaching the Freeview channels the main TV can't get or isn't tuned for.

    Reception helps if you can use the magnetic base on the antennas to 'glue' them to a radiator, to improve the ground plane (for the nerds).

    I'm well pleased with it.

    104 of 118 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of kit!

    • Written by from Bradford

    I don't often leave reviews, but in this case I had to. It is a brilliant piece of kit and works seamlessly and the delivery from Apple was outstanding. They said 5-7 days but I got it less than 24 hours after ordering.

    Plugged it in, tuned the channels in and hey presto it worked straight away.

    Even just using the two supplied antennae I get a great reception and the eyetv3 software works a dream.

    If you want a TV tuner that "just works" get this one, fantastic, also, get it from the Apple Store, I couldn't find it cheaper anywhere.


    92 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Australian Buyers Beware!!!

    • Written by from Strathmore

    The advertising spin for the Elgato EyeTV Diversity 2008 states "delivers superior digital TV reception deep indoors and in weak coverage areas".

    This is bull. I bought when yesterday and couldn't pick up anything but SBS using the two supplied antennas. I did some research on the web and found numerous posts on reception problems in Australia.

    I called Myer (who sold it to me) and they said "Sorry it will only work if you plug it into your wall antenna. Didn't the sales assistant tell you this?" Kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it!

    I'll be taking it right back to Myer for a refund.

    AUSTRALIA BUYERS BEWARE!!!

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Clunky and unreliable

    • Written by from Canberra

    Bought this Elgato USB tuner for my new Mac Mini to use with my main TV and I would NOT recommend anyone do it.

    IceTV is a fantastic EPG service but it is not complimented by this product. The interface is clunky and heavily reliant on a keyboard and mouse, so great for people using it with a desktop or notebook computer, but NOT if you want to use it as a PVR on your main TV.

    Don't be fooled by the fact it comes with a remote. It only lets you do limited things and you can't even call up the info of the current TV program without opening a menu which you can't exit from without making a selection or pressing the power button (which is the equivalent of the Escape key).

    The remote doesn't work well at a distance, so sitting on the couch and trying to change channels is cumbersome. This isn't aided by the fact its SLOW to respond to commands.

    Its too sensitive when watching TV and loses synch with audio so people's speaking doesn't mach their mouth movement. Broadcasts become jumpy the second the software has to think too much, or your Mac does something in the background. This means jumpy unclean recordings (I have dual core and 4GB ram).

    The recordings appear in an external window. This opens on top of the full screen view but is difficult to read from across the room unless you sit close or have a massive TV.

    Even things as simple as fast forwarding a recording are awkward and clunky. The software is simply not user friendly and simply an utter mess.

    In short, this is ONLY good for use at your desk or with your macbook and even then its not fantastic for the pricetag.

    37 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Recommended (with some reservations)

    • Written by from Springwood

    I bought the Elgato Eye TV Diversity from the Apple store in Sydney with the intention of being able to watch & record TV on my 24 inch Intel iMac. I took it home to the Blue Mountains near Sydney to set it up. The area where I live has got fairly average reception, so I was curious to see how the 2 small antennas would work.

    Initially I was pretty disappointed. The antennas managed to pull in only one station. I used all the troubleshooting tips in the supplied manual & searched online as well in forums, but no joy. Then I remembered there was an antenna outlet near my iMac that was no longer in use. I connected it up & presto - loads of channels.

    The picture quality is pretty good (especially the HD stations) & the Eye TV software works well. Single button recording when used with Icetv software & EPG (Electronic Program Guide). It's possible to watch one program while recording another & possible to rewind & pause live TV.

    Overall, I'm pleased with the product, but beware of the limitations of the supplied antennas. The Apple store were happy to return the product if I wasn't happy with it. Also after an initial free period, you have to pay for the Icetv EPG, & without it you have to program recordings manually.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    PERFECT

    • Written by from LONDON

    Having just replaced my Macbook Pro + TV combination with a iMac 27" I was not sure which of the Elgato products to buy. I went for the Diversity in the end.
    There have been many complaints about this product and reception. I am using a indoor ariel bought from Dixons and the first time I picked up 89 channels! And the signal strength seems to be full-bar. By the way, I live in Portsmouth. Not totally built up like London, but still urban.
    Simply put, if you require Digital TV (and radio) then I would suggest you cannot go wrong with this product.
    You may need to download the PDF manual from their websites as the instructions in the box are rubbish!

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great TV on your iPhone or iPod Touch

    • Written by from Telford

    I purchased this product to allow me to catch up on my TV viewing when I wanted to without the kids hogging the SKY+ with Tom & Jerry & The Simpsons!!

    I have an loft mounted aerial which I plugged straight into the EyeTV Diversity USB Stick with the supplied Diversity connection allowing two channels to be viewed or recorded at once. I have to say within 5 minutes of opening it was up and running and the supplied EyeTV Software installed and configured. Fantasticly easy and great quality picture.

    After a few minutes of going through the options I noticed the option to automatically convert all recordings and publish them on an internal website with no configuration to worry about. I altered the settings and clicked the option to convert for iPhone H.264 640x480 and to automatically convert when recorded and publish.

    After a few recordings I then when onto both my iPhone and iPod Touch and over the WiFi browsed the advertised URL. Fantastic, I got a website with all of my recordings in a list which when clicked allow me to stream the recording to my iPhone with brilliant quality picture and sound. I then opened up a port on my firewall to direct external traffic to the website and then was able to view the same recordings over 3G on my iPhone from anywhere!!

    Lastly, I already own another Elgato product called the Turbo.264 HD encoder which works with the EyeTV Software and decreases the time to convert a recording by approx 40%-50%. Highly recommended.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug & play? No way!

    • Written by from Bankstown

    Bought the Elgato eyetv DTT hoping to get it set up quickly for the Melbourne Cup. An hour of frustration and watched it online instead.
    Installation asked for IceTV details and rejected my initial username. Second time round OK, but said it was not Activated. Proceeded anyway and tried to tune some channels - my office is in the southwest Sydney so should be decent reception. Zero channels. Tried several times moving around everywhere, even up to 3rd floor. 1 channel. No horse racing. Went to IceTV website. Now told that my supposedly 3mth free trial has expired - even before I've tried it! Not happy at all. Will be asking for a refund tomorrow.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I so wanted this to work

    • Written by from Mill Park

    Tried many configs on different macs in different suburbs, bottom line in a city where reception is generally never an issue, product failed to identify even the basic channels. Not good for Melbourne ( probably Australia). Just doesn't find channels, though sometimes it did find SBS!

    I've returned the unit, on that note Apple customer care was exceptional. Initial exchange done with ease and then refund processed with ease.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb reception

    • Written by from Douglas

    I was a bit sceptical about how this device would work as we have rather poor reception where we live. In practice the 2 aerials work well together to give what to all intents and purposes are perfect pictures on our iMac. The software works well and recording is easy to set up. The final good bit for us is that conversion to other formats is easy to do so we can time shift programmes to our Apple TV.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Sydney

    I bought the elgato diversity to use with a Mac Mini plugged into my hd tv and it's great. I have it hooked into an external antenna ( I hear the internal antennas are not worth trying) and use a Mac remote for all of the controls. Only slight issue with it is it records programs I haven't selected every now and then.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Leeds

    This tiny little Digital TV receiver has transformed my life! The method by which I can find programs and then save those searches as 'smart folders' is so far ahead of what you can do with the larger set-top digital boxes from Sky or Virgin, but the ability to stream those recordings to my iPhone, no matter where I am in the world, from the built-in web server is the icing on the cake!

    There's also a simple editor you can use to crop out all the commercials from your recordings. You might want to invest in the turbo.246 dongle if you're going to be doing that a lot, as it speeds encoding by 3 or 4 times.

    Slightly fiddly in some respects as when opening a new channel from the guide, it does so in a new window rather than replacing the current window (which is what most people would want), but this can be corrected in the preferences.

    Also, you really need to plug this in to your external roof aerial, as the tiny supplied aerials are next to useless unless they have line-of-sight to your nearest transmitter.

    Finally, when listening to digital radio, the signal very occasionally 'hiccups'.

    But these are tiny distractions... it's really a stunning product.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from DUBLIN 6

    I recently purchased this device & it has lived up to all the previous 5 stars reviews.
    I live in Dublin & I am getting excellent reception, using the supplied antennae, from the trial Irish digital service. This service is using the H.264 codec. The picture quality on my 20ins iMac is superb.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This channel is no longer available

    • Written by from South Shields

    The software provided looks great but the channel just disappears with the above message Elgatos advice is to restart...this happens in the middle of recording as well as whilst watching. No problems with signal as TV on the same amplifier does not drop out. Shame really as I was very impressed with the software. Email response from tech support was just to tell me to report it to tech support ?

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    EyeTV Diversity 2008

    • Written by from Hanwell

    I recently bought a TubeStick tuner but sent it back because the software "The Tube" did not match my expectations. TubeStick is cheaper and delivers really great video quality but the software lacks of few important features such as a overlayed program guide which makes it impossible to read it from the couch.

    So I replaced it with an EyeTV Diversity.

    First notice compare to the TubeStick is I was able to get few more channels (21 on with TubeStick and 29 with EyeTV Diveristy).

    Second notice is the video quality EyeTV Diversity is much less than with TubeStick. I was really amazed by the DVD like quality of TubeStick and EyeTV was just like watching VCD lacking of sharpness and having compression artifacts. But it is still decent and unnoticeable if you watch from the couch (at a distance, which is usually how I watch it).

    EyeTV Diversity includes two internal TV tuners and you can connect one antenna to each. In the preferences you can set how those two tuners are working together:
    - in Diversity mode, the two tuners are set to the same frequency and a DSP will generate merge the two signal and generate a better signal. For me this is working inconsistently. Some channels were much better some others are just worse.

    - in Dual Tunner mode, the two tuners are independent, which allows you to watch two channels at the same time either as picture in picture or with two separated windows. You can also watch one channel and record another one. In this mode I've noticed that channels that don't work on Diversity Mode have one tunner in 100% quality and the other at 0%. If I move the 2nd tuner's antenna to get 100% quality then the channels works perfectly in Diversity Mode.

    - in Single Antenna mode, as its name indicates, only one tuner/antenna at a time is used. But it seams that the software will use the tuner that have the best signal quality which to my experience works much better than the Diversity Mode. I could set antenna one to get a really good signal for one channel and 0% on the other tunner. But that second tuner delivers 100% quality to other channels. In that setup I have an antenna pointing to one direction to be optimized for some set of channels and the second antenna is pointing to an other direction to be optimized to another set of channels, EyeTV then will pick the best tuner for each channel. I've now managed to get 65 channels (53 free ones)

    Recording with EyeTV 3.
    - one feature missing with EyeTV 3 that I would like to see is the one of The Tube software: as you watch live tv, you could rewind from the beginning and get the software to record from that moment. Sometimes you don't know if a program is good until you watch it and would like to record and watch again later.
    - one hour recording is using 3.3GB of disk space
    - recording quality is as good as what you see live
    - scheduling future recording is just great with a good search feature

    The program guide is just cool, especially the overlayed one, it's clear and readable. But I would love to see the software updated with a menu that is a bit like Freeview boxes: program guide on one side, small preview of the channel on the other side and a description of the selected program underneath it.
    On the current overlayed program guide, you need to select the program which brings you to another screen where you can decide to view the description, record or watch it now. Would be cool to see the description as you navigate through programs.

    The iPhone app is great, you can even watch live TV via 3G (need good signal though). You can view the program guide and add recording schedules. Image is sharp! But the quality is fixed so you need a really good 3G signal unless you buy their Turbo encoder hardware.

    Subtitles are also very readable.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic digital tuner

    • Written by from CHELTENHAM

    This tuner turns my 24" iMac into a HD TV screen. The picture and sound qualities are perfect. My area is well-known to have poor digital signal. I had to install a new " high-gain digial aerial" on the roof. I am very pleased with this product.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best TV Tuner available for the Mac

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    Arrived within 5 days, even though Apple said it was 1-2 weeks shipping, so was extremely pleased with that! The EyeTV 3 software is just fantastic - being able to automatically record then export to my Apple TV is such a useful feature.

    The 'Diversity' feature of the actual tuner is awesome too - record one, watch another etc, has made my day a lot - frequently there is two programs I want to watch, and this is the ideal solution. The picture quality is second to none too. I can't comment on the HD performance, since in the UK, we can only get free HD channels over satellite.

    Being able to run EyeTV 3 in full screen and use the Apple Remote, not just the EyeTV supplied one is great too. A really well produced product. Elgato's support for any problems is second to none too - I had a few problems with poor quality exports, and through a series of emails we found the solution. Their forums are a great source of help and information too.

    All in all, a great purchase and I'm very happy with it.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from London

    Claims to pick up reception "deep indoors" and in "poor reception areas". I live in central London, at the top of a building and in a fairly good Freeview reception area. The supplied aerials fail to pick up a single channel. Don't waste your money on this product.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    TWO AERIALS MAKE NO DIFFERENCE!!!

    • Written by from CAMBRIDGE

    Bought one of these yesterday from my local Apple Store. Thought I was paying more for a superior indoor reception, but turns out that even in the room in the loft with clear view of the sky, two aerials aren't picking up a single channel.

    Then swapped for an EyeTV DTT Deluxe, £20 cheaper and much smaller for the laptops especially the MacBook Air. used an extension lead to place the little antenna on the roof. Perfect reception. EyeTV itself is good and the software is state-of-the-art, but JUST DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS PARTICULAR MODEL please! It's £90 and I doubt it makes any noticeable difference to the £50 basic DTT which the only difference with the Deluxe version I swapped for is the size and use of the bigger standard socket.

    19 of 29 people found this useful