• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Channels all Blocked!

    • Written by from Aberdeen

    I bought a similar product called PCTV years back which worked great in the UK, but lost it along the way.
    However having just moved to Norway I thought I would buy a new device as I did not want to buy Cable TV.

    USELESS, is the only I can describe this product, apart from 3 NRK (local chl's) I could not access any other channels.. all were Blocked!. What was the so called HELP suggestion… buy some additional products… er.. sorry after paying over £130… think I have been conned enough.

    If anyone has experienced this problem or have any suggestions how to get around this block I would be grateful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device failed

    • Written by from Stanmore

    The device failed after about a year of use. Tried different computers, usb ports but seems to be a hardware failure. Reported to Elgato but no response at all.

    Seems these devices are not robust or have a limited lifespan.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Contact Stealer

    • Written by from Glasgow

    As a TV stick this works much the same as others - i.e. you get to see TV on your computer. Though if you live in the UK you cannot view Freeview HD channels... Only standard definition. There are other sticks that do let you view HD Freeview in the UK.

    Video in was usegfull but stopped working after a couple of months... micro usb probably broke as it has to support 4 hefty cables.

    What Elgato dont tell you on the box is that as soon as you launch the software it tries to steal all your contacts; no doubt to put them all on a junk mailing list - Something I am sure your friends an colleagues will thank you for.

    So overall it only gets 1 star

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very buggy software, poor support

    • Written by from Whangarei

    The hybrid hardware has been reliable, to be fair. But, the software is very buggy. Any update in the last few years will cripple your device by introducing random signal drops.

    Elgato support has a reputation for failing to respond to any problem they are given. In short, you are on your own after they have your money.

    I'd never recommend this business or it's products to anyone.

    IMac, ox x, Ipad, and even a droid. (They have been uninterested in any problems/complaints)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stability a MAJOR issue

    • Written by from Århus C

    The EyeTV software which is needed to have any benefit out of the Eye TV Hybrid hardware is both sleek and polished but in fact it is seriously flawed. It constantly crashes and blocks your Mac - and if it doesn't block you Mac, it just simply uses up all your ressoures so that you can hardly open a browser, let alone open a page in your browser.
    I used to think that this had something to do with the fact that my Mac was almost 3 years old but after buying a new state-of-the art iMac it is as bad if not even worse.

    The idea of this product is awesome which is why I bought it in the first place. It just don't deliver. If a recording starts in the EyeTV program I would be seriously stupid to try and stop it as it WILL require me to restart the Mac all over again. And trying to leave your computer alone for a day or two with schedules for recordings open would just simply stop it from working and not performing any tasks you wold want it to do.

    I haven't tried other alternatives - and obviously I have somehow stuck with EyeTV - but if you have any other option - like a hard disk drive, a free-view or the like - use that in stead - it's cheaper and a lot less hazzle for you.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best thing I have bought in years

    • Written by from Maidstone

    I wanted a device that would let me view tv on my formac monitor and the feed from a webcam nest box as an alternative view. It is rigged so that I watch freeview channels from the device itself (which autotuned and found all the programmes at the click of a button) and then one channel on the device allows me to see the current selected channel on the cable box. I can't change the cable channel remotely (virgin box) but that is not an issue for me.

    I didn't realise that the software taps into the tv guide so that I can view the schedule and click on a programme to watch it or click on a future programme to set the timer to record it or switch over to it. In that sense, it functions just like the recording devices we paid double for and the clarity is amazing.

    When I use my iPhone as a remote control for the computer I can sit back and operate away from the keyboard/mouse.

    All in all, for the price of another tv, recording device and software to see web cam feeds - it's all here for at least half the price. It was set up within seconds and a toddler can use it once the wiring is figured out according to what your set up is at home.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Now supports PAL 60 Hz mode

    • Written by from Bourne

    This is just a note to advise that as of EyeTV software version 3.3, PAL-60 mode IS fully supported for the 2008 EyeTV Hybrid (INT) models. Note you must be using the 2008 hardware model (not the superceded 2007 one), and must have EyeTV 3.3 or later for it to work.

    Apple won't let me post the URL to the update on ElGato's site, so simply Google
    "Added PAL 60 Hz support for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid" to find the correct reference/page.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont buy for your console!

    • Written by from Tamworth

    this is a great product, the tv viewing experience is flawless and easy to use, setup is a doddle, and the quality of the picture is mint.


    like many others i was more interested in playing my xbox on my imac. dont bother.
    it wont support your 60Hz games (about half the titles)
    and even then the latency is so large (about 1 second) it makes it impossible to play

    buy if u want to watch tv, not for gaming. just get a tv/monitor its alot cheaper

    36 of 94 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The dog's dangly bits!

    • Written by from LLANYMYNECH

    Have used Elgato hardware and EyeTV software with a Mac Mini for a couple of years without any significant problems so bought this to plug into the back of my new 27 inch iMac. I thought initially that I might have to use the supplied USB extension cable so the handset could communicate with the unit but no, it works perfectly with the unit plugged, out of sight, into one of the USB ports in the back.

    Everything works faultlessly with good picture quality and easy record/playback functions. The only problem I have had is streaming from my iPad, as yet unresolved but heck, it's still new so hopefully something a software update will sort soon

    I now therefore have the best looking, simple to operate TV/multimedia/computer system going! An incredible achievement for the Elgato/Apple partnership and well worth buying.

    52 of 63 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite Good, But..

    • Written by from West Conshohocken

    Everything is OK with this product. It delivers what it says. My only objection is that you can't record one channel and watch another-they have to be the same, so what's the real use of recording ?

    45 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Marks

    • Written by from TRURO

    Top marks for this product. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. I get all my Freeview channels without the need of a Freeview box, plus I can plan and record my viewing. To benefit from this product you really need to connect it to your main aerial, don't try to use the one that's supplied. Also, on my first auto-tune it only found 32 channels, go for the advanced tune of 1000+ and you'll get more.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exchange TV EYE

    • Written by from Tolleshunt Knights

    After two years had a intermittent problem with my Hybrid and the support was superb, where after helping they decided to exchange my product with no trouble whatsoever. Great backup to have.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality and User Ease

    • Written by from Chertsey

    Having tried several alternatives this was my first EyeTV. The quality of the digital and analog picture has been excellent where constant updates to the product continue to enhance the user experience.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use excelent quality

    • Written by from Frederiksberg

    This is my forth eyeTV, and it keeps getting better. Receives digital and analog tv and radio like a charm. Using this one for my mac mini as a media-center.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine until it breaks

    • Written by from By Linlithgow

    Eye TV Hybrid work very well and I was very impressed, did everything it said on the box. After updating software I got the dreaded 'device could not be initiated' message (look it up) that seems to be affecting more and more of these devices and that was that, I'd be as well plugging a brick in. Unfortunately Elgato do not want to know or help, and I bought it direct from them. In conclusion, great whilst it works, a nightmare when it breaks - from my point of view the service is the worst I've encountered yet.

    48 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    • Written by from Brentwood

    Thumbs up from me for this product. Nice software interface. Works just fine on my new iMac 27". I would recommend it.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    It worked great for a while. Then it started reporting the same USB 1.1 error message that I since discovered is very common.
    Avoid like the plague, this is not a reliable product.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful ...but don't leave on too long.

    • Written by from MANCHESTER

    A great device. I've got a hybrid hooked up to my iMac from a coaxial receiving digital from an aerial on the roof. Signal's not too strong in my area so the indoor antenna out of the box isn't an option.

    No problems with getting it work and it does what it says on the tin. One word of caution, the remote can sleep your mac but power still goes out the USB to the eyetv hybrid and it gets hot, ...very hot. Left a small scorch on the wall and fried itself.

    My bad for effectively leaving it on and powered up for days, so I bought a new one. Only other minor gripe is updating, once you do you need to reconfigure everything to how you had it before the update.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good value for money - Excellent quality (digital)

    • Written by from Gibraltar

    I have used the Hybrid model since Christmas 2009 and have been very happy with it. I have communal TV and the quality of the digital channels is superb - as good as the TV with a digi-box. Analogue channels work fine but the quality is not as good as on a regular TV. The bundled software is excellent; recording TV is so easy especially when using the built in programme guide. I have used the device on my 13" aluminium macbook and 24" imac, both without problems and both running Snow Leopard. The only downside is the time it takes to export the files for use by other devices (ipod etc). Other than that I am very pleased with the product.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor signal quality compared to normal tv

    • Written by from Risskov

    Replaced tv with Mac + 24 inch screen and the Eye TV Hybrid but the quality is bad. No problems with my old TV, now I have purchased a TV signal amplifier which helps on the digital channels (not analog). But why can't the Eye TV work as well as a receiver in the TV.

    20 of 36 people found this useful