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Elgato Systems EyeTV One

B&H # ELETVONE Mfr # 10020311
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Product Highlights
  • ATSC Digital Tuner for Computers
  • Includes EyeTV 3 Software
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The EyeTV One from Elgato Systems is a USB dongle that allows you to play over-the-air HDTV content directly through your computer. The EyeTV One is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. The included EyeTV 3 software functions as a DVR, allowing you to schedule recordings and navigate programs by rewinding, fast-forwarding, and pausing. You can also export recordings to iTunes for syncing with your iPod. Enjoy free over-the-air HDTV with the power and flexibility of your home computer.

Free HDTV From Thin Air
EyeTV One is a digital TV tuner that connects to your TV antenna and delivers the huge variety of TV shows that are broadcast over-the-air straight to your Mac or PC. Best of all, these digital TV broadcasts are free, so you can say goodbye to expensive subscription fees for digital TV services.
Turn Your Computer Into a Superb Quality HDTV and DVR
The quality of digital TV that is available over-the-air with an antenna is spectacular, particularly the many shows that are broadcast in full HDTV. EyeTV One also transforms your computer into a first-class DVR. EyeTV One records digital TV in lossless quality. The digital stream is recorded unaltered for full quality digital content as encoded by the broadcaster. What's more, EyeTV also supports closed captioning and Dolby Digital sound.
Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use
EyeTV One could not be easier to set up and use. Simply connect the TV tuner to a USB 2.0 port, attach your TV antenna, and let the software guide you through the rest. You'll be enjoying live TV on your computer in minutes. There are no parts to assemble and you can connect an indoor or outdoor antenna with no need for an adapter. EyeTV One has a built-in flexible USB extender cable as well as a built-in and full-sized coaxial plug.
Windows PC Compatibility
EyeTV One is compatible with Windows 7 and works great with Windows Media Center.
Device Type Digital ATSC TV Tuner
Frequency Range 48-801MHz (VHF and UHF)
Connectors ISB 2.0
Antenna Connector Standard F Connector
Power Requirements Bus-Powered
System Requirements Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Intel Core processor or better
PC: Windows 7 with 2GHz Intel/AMD CPU or Intel Atom CPU
*720p or 1080i HD features require an Intel Core 2 Duo processor

1GB RAM
USB 2.0 Port
Antenna Required (not included)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 1.1 x 0.6" (90 x 29 x 14mm)
Weight 1.4 oz (40g)
Elgato Systems EyeTV One
  • EyeTV 3 Software
  • One Year Free TV Guide Data
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Elgato SystemsEyeTV One
     
    4.1

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Quality output (5)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (4), Power user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (6)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      1.0

      Did not work as expected

      By JP

      from El Centro, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install
        • Difficult To Use
        • Unreliable Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

          I had high expectations about this product, I received and installed on two different mac computers, I only was able to get signal from music channels but not from video channels, this was with cable.
          I also tried a digital over the air antenna, did several scans with no succes, I was not able to get any video signals.
          Note: I work at a TV station, we tried the product with an antenna from our engineer department,an antenna that they use to test reception, unfortunately we were not able to use this product.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Need a Mac with a fast CPU

          By Keith

          from Champaign, IL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • High CPU usage
          • No hardware acceleration

          Best Uses

          • Large screen desktop

          Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

          The device is a single-frequency ATSC tuner that connects to a UHF antenna and outputs the ~20Mbps data stream from the broadcaster. The included EyeTV software running on my Mac then decodes the digital stream and displays the video. Video "recording" is simply saving the data stream to a file.

          For the most part, the device and software just work. The only significant downsides are that the recordings tend to be large (~5GB/hour for a 1080i stream) and that the video decoding is not hardware accelerated, which causes some performance/quality problems. For interlaced HD video (30/60fps 1080i), the default setting is to drop half of the frames, which results in jerky, poor quality 30fps video with half of the resolution. When I set it to "progressive scan", the quality is much better, but CPU usage for one core goes up to 100% and I notice the occasional dropped frame when there's a lot of motion in the video.

          On my 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, the HD video performance is mostly acceptable, but I could see Macs with less powerful CPUs having problems. These problems are mostly due to the broadcasters using the older MPEG2 video codec, rather than the modern H.264/MPEG4 codec, but it would be nice to have hardware acceleration.

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          5.0

          Works as advertised!

          By Ex. Jim the Runner

          from SF, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Output
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

            Using on a 24" iMac. Personal home computing is finally what we've been promised for all these years. This was the last piece of the puzzle.

            Though you can hook this up to cable or dish or whatever, I've got it hooked up to an old fashioned broadcast antenna! Ha, the jokes on you Cabletown!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By MF

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Output
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use

              Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

              This affordable plug-and-play product works exactly as advertised. Who needs a separate TV?

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Single tuner, works great

              By WillDaddy

              from Seattle

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

                This is a single tuner - I should have read the product description more closely. However, it works great and the included software is outstanding. Signal strength/quality indicator allowed me to tune in troublesome stations. Elgato's default DVR format is playable by a PS3. Highly recommened, though beware this is NOT a dual-tuner device, so you will not be able to record two shows at once.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Works as advertised

                By ToSeek

                from Greenbelt, MD

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Capable
                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • DVR alternative

                  Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

                  I was looking for alternatives to paying $100 a month for cable TV and settled on using a Mac mini as the core of my home entertainment system. The EyeTV One provides access to broadcast television and software that allows me to search and record whatever programs I want to watch, then play them back at my convenience. The software is largely easy to use, but the options can get a little complex if you want to do anything fancy.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic addtion

                  By Apple fan

                  from Des Moines, IA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Output
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

                    The Apple TVOne tv tuner works seamlessly. In minutes I was watching tv on my Mac and soon therafter recording shows.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Good unit, fair price.

                    By Fizzmaster

                    from Port Orchard, WA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quality Output
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Elgato Systems EyeTV One:

                      This unit is better than I expected. I was able to plug it in to our iMac and record over the air TV. I held off giving it 5 stars because it needs the user to be logged in or, the user account needs to be an administrator in order to record programs. Other than that, I am very pleased with the unit.

                      I felt the price was reasonable considering what cable was costing me.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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