Best And Cheapest Way to watch TV and Record to DVD

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014

I'm looking to get a solution to watch and record TV. Now, I've been considering a smallish Sony Wega and a low-end Philips DVD recorder. However, I have become aware of the Eye TV (, which claims to be a high quality TV tuner and Digital TV recorder. This is about 15% of the cost of the above option, and an excellent excuse to get a G5 with a large screen. However, will the quality be anywhere near as good, either for viewing or for the DVDs produced. The connection is USB after all!

Any ideas welcomed.




  • Reply 1 of 5
    imacfanimacfan Posts: 444member
    Someone must have some experience with these products?!?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    kraig911kraig911 Posts: 912member
    nope not me man sorry
  • Reply 3 of 5
    whisperwhisper Posts: 735member
    I believe all the USB video capture thingys only do 320x240. This is no where near high enough quality IMHO.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    k_munick_munic Posts: 357member
    eyeTV is connected via USB, so data transfer makes a good quality impossible. the quality is less than VHS, try to have a look in a shop near you. it's ok for recording as "timeshifting" but not collecting movies etc.

    formac studio tv is much better,connected via firewire; very good quality (not dvd, 'cause a tv signal /cable, sat arial/ is less?) and you can use this "hub" to connect your dvd/analog vhs player - IF your dvd is not copy protected, macrovison etc.

    in the us formac offers a tv guide system, even with remote programming your system, look in their website.


    dvd quality means LOT of hd space! 1h=12Gig!
  • Reply 5 of 5
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    EyeTV uses MPEG-1 which looks uglier than Steve Balmer. Less than VHS is an understatement. I don't get why they don't use MPEG-4. And/or MPEG-2 (have a USB version and a FireWire version?). That way with MPEG-2 you could still make VCDs (SVCDs). However MPEG-4 or 2 over Firewire would be nice to burn to DVD which is so much better and more universal than VCD. VCD will be pointless as soon as DVD-Rs get cheaper. They are already less than a dollar a disc and steadily dropping.
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