PVR to be announced for Mac OS X @MWNY

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Check this out:

<a href="http://www.elgato.com/eyeTV/index.html"; target="_blank">http://www.elgato.com/eyeTV/index.html</a>;

Looks really good and I might buy.


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    Can USB carry enough signal to go to full screen with clarity?

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    blizaineblizaine Posts: 239member
    [quote]Originally posted by Yet Another Registration:

    <strong>Can USB carry enough signal to go to full screen with clarity?


    well, they don't say on their website what compression they are using but I would say MPEG1 since they say 650MB = 1hr stardard quality, and "you can easily burn it to VCD using Toast..."

    MPEG1 at "VCD" quality takes up about 1.5Mbps and USB has 12Mbps, so it should be fine....

    looks like a cool product.
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    max8319max8319 Posts: 347member
    well, dvd's aren't encoded to play full screen. it probably won't be too bad, but it isn't going to replace a tv (not yet)

    even though this looks like a VERY GOOD solution, I would wait a little while and see if mpeg4 can provide an even better solution

    looks like a fun toy to play around with...anyone got $200 i can borrow?
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    Any way to use something like this with DirecTV? It doesn't look like it...

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    cindercinder Posts: 381member

    That's a lot of space for a short amount of TV.

    I'm still down with TiVo
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    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    The channel limit (up to 125) is dumb. I have DirecTV. However I have a Keyspan remote, and since I'm going to college, I'm considering buying this. The fact that it uses MPEG-1 instead of MPEG-4 I don't understand. Also, why USB instead of FireWire!?

    slightly OT...

    IIRC I have read that at higher file sizes MPEG-2 is better than MPEG-4. Is this true? Wouldn't a DVD full of MPEG-4 end up having better quality than one with MPEG-4? (same file size) I would think with the file size being the same, every new format would be better than the previous ones. In other words, wouldn't EyeTV be better off with MPEG-4 instead of MPEG-1? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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    MPEG-1 is much easier (and faster) to encode, and I'd imagine MPEG-1 hardware encoders are pretty cheap. Now as far as MPEG-4 goes, to get that awesome compression and quality, you would have to wait quite awhile for it to compress and I seriously doubt they could pull off realtime MPEG-4 compression with today's hardware this cheaply.
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