Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus. the most powerfull TV Recorder for your Mac $279.95 plus $12 shipping @ Mwave

1 December 2008

For those Mac owners with deep pockets this is a good price, $338 being next lowest on ice.

# EyeTV 250 Plus is a hybrid TV tuner for the Mac with a powerful hardware encoder for higher quality recordings and smaller sized video files. EyeTV 250 Plus receives both digital TV (DTT, or Freeview) as well as analogue TV, and offers a complete solution for converting videos from VHS tape to DVD-Video.
# The included award-winning EyeTV software enables you to:

- Watch TV on your Mac
- Rewind, fast forward, and pause live digital TV
- Browse EyeTV menus in Full Screen mode with an Apple Remote
- Record hours of your favourite TV shows directly on your hard drive and edit out unwanted content
- Find TV shows and schedule recordings using the built-in Program Guide - includes a free one-year subscription to tvtv (where available) valued at 19.80 euros
- Export clips and entire episodes to your video-capable iPod®, Apple TV, and iPhone
- Store your collection on an external drive, or burn it to disc using Roxio Toast® 8 Basic (included)
- Convert old videotapes to digital files using the VHS Assistant


  • admin EDITOR
    This model was released in 2006. The one Mwave is selling is the plus model so will receive analog as well as digital channels. I'm a bit confused as to why the price of one is so high in oz, given the RRP at the time of release in 06 was about $300. They should be selling for $100 by now if you ask me. Review on the unit. http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/09/17/review_elgato_eyetv_250_plus/
  • wfdTamar
    $259 including delivery and 3 months IceTV guide (a 7 day EPG) here: http://www.icetv.com.au/cgi-bin/webpage.cgi?op=products&type=mac&product_cat_id=19 The whole ElGato range available at reasonable prices from $129 (given that RRP must have gone up recently) Some Pinnacle ones for Windows on another page too. (I'm just a user of IceTV, nothing to do with the company)
  • Wally
    Price seems exorbitant, even for a Apple Mac device Seeing you can get a Windows PC compatible USB HDTV Tuner for $39 http://www.citysoftware.com.au/Browse/2b2223bab19a41209526218ae459b26a001ItemDetail.aspx
  • wfdTamar
    Yes they are waaaay overpriced, but I've never seen a better TV solution than EyeTV on any computer. The Hybrid version is a specialised one. The standard single tuner digital one is $129. I like the Diversity one with dual tuners which you can use separately or together for greater reception. Just waiting for them to get under $200. BTW, you can use a lot of Windows tuners with EyeTV. Might be a list on the ElGato site.
  • admin EDITOR
    How do you find the IceTv service wfdTamar? I love the iphone app they have - smart use of technology.
  • wfdTamar
    IceTV - In theory it's great, in practice, it still has a few flaws. They're in dispute with channel nine so find it hard to get descriptions of their programming, usually only the few prime time hours in the evening. Also the listings for high definition channels is patchy (that may just be here in Tasmania). Often listing things that aren't shown. Even given that, the ability to have 7 days programming (with descriptions) on the screen and a 'select and click to record' system is fantastic. I use it on a Topfield DVR and Vista media centre. IceTV occasionally have discounted sales so buy it then. The full price is a bit steep I think at $99 per year, should be around $50.
  • admin EDITOR
    I'm not a huge tv watcher but the idea of hooking the computer and screen up to a receiver and then having the ability to remotely control the program recording is to me great technology. I was watching a telly the other night and it just made me think how fast having a seperate telly is going to become as monitors get larger and better and remote service providers like IceTv become more prevalent.

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