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It looks like the 2 choices for getting an HD signal into an iMac is the ElGato eyeTV hybrid and the Miglia TVMini HD. Does anyone have a strong recommendation of one over the other? My first use will be for OTA ATSC TV viewing. I thought there was a HDTV receiver with a Firewire connection, but I can't seem to find such a product for sale.

My iMac is a 24" Intel with 2GB of memory, and the upgraded CPU and video card, if that makes any difference in recommendations.

Thanks for any advice.

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The eyetv 500 is the firewire device that has been discontinued. You will have to search ebay, etc.

http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv500

In my tests, the hybrid had a very weak signal strength compared to the miglia tvmini hd. Of course YMMV. The miglia can also tune into clear qam. I ended up giving up on the hybrid, there were too many dropped signals and too much antenna adjusting for me to keep.
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Definitely try and pick up a used EyeTV 500 on ebay. Seems to be working much better than anything else these days.
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Definitely try and pick up a used EyeTV 500 on ebay. Seems to be working much better than anything else these days.

Third that recommendation.

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Thanks for the advice. There must be some old stock still floating around; I seem to have found a new unit on Amazon. With all the devices I already have plugged into my USB bus, I think a Firewire connection should prove less troublesome, given the amount of data an uncompressed HD signal creates.

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Even though the EyeTV 500 is officially discontinued, I ordered one new from jr.com. At first I got a backorder notice and figured that was the end of that. Today, though, I got an e-mail that the unit had shipped.

Just passing along the information in case anyone else was wanting a Firewire HD tuner for a Mac. JR.com's price, with shipping, came to $167.62.

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