• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first, but unreliable

    • Written by from Kington Langley

    I'm now on my third Eyetv Deluxe DTT in 4 years so buyer beware!
    It appears that they've made it so small that its just plain unreliable.

    The main use I use it for is plugged into a Mac Mini, which then outputs my TV programs I've missed to my iPhone. It is great at doing this when the software works.
    But, quite often you can come home to no recording at all, because the software has failed to update the DVB guide on its own.

    Terrible piece of software, terrible hardware. I just wish someone else would enter the TV tuner market for Apple so Elgato got some decent competition and raised their game.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works very well in then South of France.

    • Written by from County Dublin

    I bought this as a bit of an experiment and I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results. It found all the French TNT stations very quickly and the quality is excellent. The hardware is small and robust and that software is easy to use, though the vendor is a bit precious on S/W unlock keys etc. Since their software is tied to the H/W insofar as one without the other is useless I thought that was a bit silly. All in all a good buy. I'm going to buy another one one for my daughter. No need for her to waste space in her student accommodation with a TV, her MacBook and this will do fine :-)

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what I need it to !!

    • Written by from Telford

    I bought this to attach it to the main antenna in the house.
    Set up is a doddle it found 90+ channels on the first scan, although BBC 1 & 2 wouldn't play. This was sorted after running an exhaustive scan.
    I did try to see what channels it would pick up with the mobile antenna, but sadly it failed to find any at all despite this being an excellent area for a signal.
    The bundled software is superb and is easy to use.
    My main complaint is that the remote won't work unless I'm within 3ft of my computer which makes it pretty pointless.

    All in all it does what I want it to do, but I fully sympathise those who need to use this as a mobile device because it just doesn't work unless connected to a large antenna.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sadly Useless

    • Written by from Peacehaven

    It's probably down to the place I live bit it was USELESS. Numerous channel scans found nothing on my deskbound 2009 iMac, so I tried my Macbook and took it all over the house - still nothing. Great idea, obviously works in some places but not in Peacehaven, East Sussex. Will be returning to the Apple Store in Brighton tomorrow for a refund

    17 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliantly flawed.

    • Written by from Brentford

    Connected to an external rooftop antenna this tuner is great - crisp, clear pictures. The bundled software is fantastic - simple and flexible. Easy to tune, schedule recordings and edit out the adverts! Can even stream to iPad with an app. However, have had zero success using the included antennas for mobile use which after all is meant to be it's big selling point. The remote control doesn't seem to work from more than 3ft away.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality product

    • Written by from Twickenham

    A mobile product needs to be more robust, reliable and actually work in a mobile environment.
    I have tried two of these products and both were returned faulty due to the connection adaptor working itself loose and causing the connection to our main tv ariel to be lost.
    The mobile antennas never worked properly either and I am in a very clear reception area. Shame, as the design and idea is good, just let down badly by the poor quality.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid

    • Written by from London

    The EyeTV DTT Deluxe may look very nice but that is no use if it doesn't work. It couldn't receive any Freeview Channels (even though I am in a good Freeview reception area in N. London - my main TV works just fine). I tried it with my MacBook Pro with the antenna on EVERY window in my house, front and back, high and low. Nothing. Nada. Happy to be proved wrong but this is a complete and utter waste of money.

    26 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded from Hybrid

    • Written by from Lytham St Annes

    I updated to the DTT Deluxe from a Hybrid as it kept thinking I had USB1.1.
    This piece of kit is remarkable and works very well in my strong signal area with its small antenna.
    One question has anyone picked up Freeview HD on it yet. If it does support Freeview HD then I will have to upgrade my aerial

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EyeTV DTT Deluxe works great!

    • Written by

    I just tried the new EyeTV DTT Deluxe. It works great, and it is tiny and smart. I like the look. This is a really cool and smart product that I will recommend. Also Elgato ship drivers and software for Windows 7 along. No limits, it runs great!

    50 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Product

    • Written by from LONDON

    My 2 cents concerning reception: this little device will receive the same channels any other big freeview box will receive with the same antenna. If an indoor aearial is good enough where you live, then you will pull in all the channels with the deluxe as well, no problem.

    Althogh the size of the tuner (minature as you can see from the pictures) is impressive, I am much more impressed with the EyeTV software that comes with it. Through the integrated program guide you can have you favorite shows automatically recorded or create "smart guides" to record shows based on different filters you set. I hardly watch live TV anymore because I just let EyeTV record everything I enjoy watching. When you do watch live tv, you can pause and rewind. There are almost too many other features to talk about like cutting out commercials, exporting into all kinds of formats, full screen menu etc.. I also have the iPhone app which lets me stream TV from my home computer to my iPhone when I'm travelling (how cool is that???). This is by far the best software I have ever seen for bringing TV onto a computer, and I've tried quite a few. Highly recommend this product.

    112 of 121 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ye cannae change the laws of physics...

    • Written by from Wendover

    I just thought it was important to respond to the reports of bad reception using this product. Unfortunately, the centre of a big city - like London - is exactly the sort of situation and location that all receivers struggle with.

    In fact, there are not "multiple high power transmitters" - there are just a few - with a number of other low power repeaters. Added to that, there are many high buildings that reflect transmitted signals - with both constructive and destructive interference.

    There are many locations in London where reception of terrestrial signals is just not possible - with any kit. DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) has a transmission method that combats multi-path interference, whereas DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) does not.

    In some situations, the physical location of the antenna can make a big difference. Even as little as a few feet can have a big effect - and sometimes different locations suit different channels (multiplexes) better.

    You could try adding a USB extender cable in line with the device - meaning that you can change the location of the antenna whilst keeping your Mac in a suitable place for viewing.

    102 of 122 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tempting description, disappointing performance

    • Written by from LONDON

    The manufacturer's claim that this is a small and attractive product is entirely correct. It is small and attractiwve to look at. The concept of watching television on your Mac is also attractive. What can possibly go wrong?

    The idea was to use this accessory for watching television at home in central London. It seemed reasonable to expect in a large city with several high power transmitters not far way that this would be easily attainable.

    This has turned out not to be the case. It has been impossible, using either of the supplied aerials, to receive a single television channel.

    The conclusion therefore is that a roof aerial would probably have to be used to receive a signal, which of course completely defeats the object of buying something small and portable, no matter how beautifully designed.

    My Elgato EyeTV DTT Deluxe has been a complete waste of money and has been consigned to the local rubbish dump.

    55 of 95 people found this useful