Feeds
85%

Elgato EyeTV DTT Mac digital TV tuner

Turn your iMac into a telly

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Although this new version of the EyeTV DTT is smaller than its predecessor, it’s still quite a bit bigger than the Deluxe, measuring 68 x 18 x 14mm thick, compared to 57 x 17 x 9mm for the Deluxe model. One of the key advantages of the DTT Deluxe is that its slimline design means that it won’t block any of the adjacent ports on your computer - we’ve got the EyeTV Hybrid plugged into a MacBook, and it’s so fat that we can’t plug our iPod into the second USB port right next to it.

Elgato EyeTV DTT

Won't block other ports...

Fortunately, the fact that the standard DTT is virtually the same width as the Deluxe means that it too can be plugged into a MacBook without blocking any of the adjacent ports. For many Mac users that fact alone will probably swing the choice in favour of the less expensive EyeTV DTT.

However, the lower price of the DTT does mean that it lacks a couple of additional features found in the Deluxe model. Instead of the flexible, extendable aerial supplied with the DTT Deluxe, the DTT has a simpler aerial with a magnetic base and a not-very-high-tech plastic suction cup for attaching it to flat surfaces.

If this small aerial doesn’t provide good enough reception you can still plug in a larger, conventional aerial as the EyeTV DTT has a full-sized coaxial aerial connector built into it. The aerial provided with our review unit couldn’t pick up the digital signal very well in our East London office, but connecting the tuner to the roof aerial wired into a wall socket provided much better reception.

Elgato EyeTV DTT

...on either side of your Mac

The other missing feature is the remote control that's supplied with the Deluxe model, which means that you’ll need to use a mouse to control the EyeTV recording software. EyeTV playback can be controlled by Apple's little remote control units, but the program’s more advanced features need to be controlled with a mouse or Elgato’s own remote. Fortunately, Elgato sells its remote control as an optional extra for an additional £10, which will still keep the total price just under £50.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.