• 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 Note you must be using the 2008 hardware model (not the superceded 2007 one), and must have EyeTV 3.3 or later for it to work.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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job!

    • Written by from Surrey

    After the initial set up for the EyeTV Hybrid, such as finding a suitable place for the antenna the product works well.

    The only down side i could find was the remote control not having range when the EyeTV usb is not in sight.

    overall a great addition to my laptop.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great product

    • Written by from Auning

    It was everything I needed.

    It works in a great combination with my mac mini + TV.

    Very easy to use for everybody and the picture are in high quality.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    buy one!

    • Written by

    this is quite simply AMAZING! i cannot believe how good it actually is. great picture, great quality, fab piece of kit....should have bought one ages ago!!!

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very happy

    • Written by from Århus

    Bought the ´09 version a month ago and I'm extremely happy with it.

    Reception through my old attic antenna produces a super crisp and sharp image with excelent sound reproduction. The tuner and signal is way better than the one in my Sony Bravia so actually started watching TV exclusively through my Mini. This also gives me instant access to record, pause and timeskip features.

    Recording, editing, converting and sharing over WiFI is simple and works very well with the apple remote or Rowmote for the iPhone.

    Only thing missing is the hardware mp4 encoder if you wan't to transfer VHS, get the eyetv 250 for that.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product Versatile

    • Written by from Sale

    I have had this for just about ~3 years and it works like a dream. Of course I have the previous version of the same product, without the radio. Good picture quality, excellent recording especially from on air digital programs, if you connect it to a proper outdoor ariel. I no longer use the indoor ariel, but give it a go, it may work in your area. And we use it a lot as it is the only TV recording facility in the house.

    Analog grab from VHS, via Scart to composite and audio leads is good but only if you use a good quality cable. Be realistic because it is easy to misinterpret the lower quality of the original VHS as crapy recording by the device, especially after getting used to seeing very good quality TV with the device for a while.

    EyeTV software is beyond par. The few hitches which occur very occasionally will, with any software and this is no different but is miles better that any windows TV software that is out there.Simple but reasonably good editing facility to cut out adverts etc. Can split long recordings into smaller bits easily.

    EyeTVs built in media-server "eye connect" never worked for me. So I use "MediaLink" by Nullriver (costs $20 for a downloadable copy) to stream EyeTV recordings over WiFi to the PS3 so we can watch it on the living room TV.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    • Written by from Villelongue dels Monts

    I bought a Hybrid just over a year ago and it's superb. I have absolutely no complaints. I use it both in France and the UK without problems. The software is excellent - I'm still using version 2 and haven't felt the need to upgrade.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy TV on your Mac

    • Written by from SOLIHULL

    I've been using the EyeTV Hybrid for a couple of years and after reading some of the other reviews felt that I should make a contribution. The aerial which ships with the product is unlikely to provide much of a signal if you live in an area of poor Freeview reception as I do, so you need to connect it to a rooftop aerial or Sky Digibox. Once tuned, this is an excellent device and easy to use software.
    I usually record Premiership football (Match of the Day) through EyeTV and then edit the file to leave the highlights of the games that I'm interested in. These files are then saved and archived as .avi. You can also subscribe to a free-of-charge program listing service so that you can plan to record programs in advance. It's also very easy to save TV shows in iPod format.
    On a couple of occasions I had need to contact Elgato support and their service has been excellent. Highly recommended.

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It really works... and has for over a year in several countries...

    • Written by from Aberdeen

    It really works... and has for over a year in several countries...

    I have used it in several European countries... sometimes with digital, if in a big city, and quite often analog when in smaller, always with an external antenna, the hotel one is quite good.

    I firmly recomment it as well as the software ... I carry a 40GB disk full of digital TV recordings to see my favorite programs in "analog" cities!

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Hockley

    I have this connected to my iMac and can use the external display to watch TV in my office. Simple software to record and then the programmes are exported automatically to iTunes where I can sync them to my iPhone or iPod. Have not had any problems with it connected to my outdoor aerial, but as with most other USB TV tuners it does not work great with the small aerial that is included.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The one star reviews are of a different product

    • Written by

    Hmm, the problem here seems to be that the one star reviews are of the previous version of the Hybrid, the one without the FM Tuner. Whether or not they have a point, they aren't about this new version of the hardware. (Apple, is you cut the wrong reviews out, you can cut this paragraph too)

    I use the Hybrid (the new one) to record Digital TV, and occasionally radio shows, and have found it to be great. I used it to transfer an old VHS video, just the once. It did a decent job, but comparing it to DTV just shows how bad VHS was.

    The EyeTV software is amazing, and works like a dream. I can even (with a little effort) remotely (from my iPhone) tell it to record a show when I'm a little later in the office/pub than I had planned to be.

    As I only used the analogue tuner once for the VHS transfer, so I'm thinking I might have been slightly better off with the Diversity, which has two Digital Tuners. But I'm very happy with the quality of the Hybrid, and the radio recording is handy from time to time.

    One other thing, I use this with a small indoor antenna and it works well in my area. But areas with weaker Freeview signals may well require an outdoor antenna. A good rule of thumb is, if your main TV needs an outdoor ariel, you will your Mac (that should be obvious right?).

    This is my second EyeTV product, I had an older analogue only model a few years ago. I have no hesitation in recommending this, or any Elgato product.

    226 of 250 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    • Written by from Eltham

    I am a student and stay in university hostel, tried many ways to watch TV here with my MAC and to be honest this is the best solution. It's not only watching the TV but you can Rewind, record, and listen to the radio. I can swear that the signal is better than the TV Line here in my hostel. I don't have to fight with my flat mate if we want to watch two different channel at the same time cause I can let her watch and record my channel at the background.

    Finally the design is really outstanding, it looks really great with my MacBook Pro and the supply remote work really well. I am planning to have a Europe tour during my weekend in this coming December and I really believe that I still could to FM radio or either watch some TV at anywhere.

    Worth Money.

    149 of 165 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product!

    • Written by from BEVERLEY

    This unit allows you to watch, record and convert digital tv to other formats, namely Apple TV. The top spec unit also has input for video source, such as a VHS player. I havent't tested the video import feature yet, but it will allow you to put your old tapes onto computer and then onto your Apple TV! Cheaper options are available from £39.95 if you don't need all the bells and whistles. In my opinion - the best TV adapter out there, as long as you are using a good quality, roof mounted antenna.

    182 of 206 people found this useful