• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best there is

    • Written by from LONDON

    I've been using the EyeTV Diversity for several years now, and it's fantastic, especially its ability to record two different programmes at the same time.
    The signal strength meter in the software makes it very easy to move the antennas around until you find the best possible position.
    As I live in a good reception area, I have not been able to test its ability to use the two antennas to boost weak signals instead of running two channels in parallel.
    It is also very easy to do decent edits of recorded programmes in the software, in order to remove ads before exporting to iTunes for upload to my Apple TV. If I want to spend time on doing better edits, I just export it as mpg2, then convert it to QT with MPEG Streamclip, and then import it it to FinalCut.

    The only "drawback" is that it doesn't do DVB-T2, i.e. terrestrial HD TV for the UK. Elgato will undoubtedly offer DVB-T2 eventually, but I'm not enough of a geek to know if that would require new hardware or just an upgrade to the brilliant Elgato software. However, even if a new hardware purchase will be required, it's an inexpensive way of getting HD TV programes!

    3 of 3 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.

    23 of 29 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!

    21 of 23 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.

    22 of 26 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.

    18 of 24 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.

    14 of 16 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

    So surprised

    • Written by from London

    I read so many bad reviews for this but when I finally brought this I was pleased with the product. Its just too perfect lol

    12 of 15 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.


    90 of 102 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EyeTV Diversity an exceptional tuner

    • Written by from NORTHWICH

    I agree with what else has been said in other reviews this is an excellent piece of kit. I recently purchased a Mac Mini to use as a media server and the diversity adds to the features of the mini. As said else where Elgato's support is second to none they respond very quickly to any problems you have as I have found in the past with my old Cinergy T2 receiver.

    I would recommend this to any one who wants a tuner tv tuner for their Mac. I have not tried the supplied antennas as I purchased it for use on an external one so cannot comment on them.

    13 of 17 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

  • 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.

    102 of 116 people found this useful

  • 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.

    218 of 236 people found this useful