USB Television Tuner For MacOS
About the size of a USB flash drive, the EyeTV U6 works for North American ATSC digital TV channels with the indoor or outdoor HDTV antenna of your choice. We recommend an *amplified* HDTV antenna to assure the strongest television signal. Amplification typically helps whether you live in an urban area - and especially if you're rural or living on the fringe of reception.
Apple Compatible DVR App For MacThe EyeTV software that's bundled with the Apple compatible USB TV tuner stick for Mac recommends MacOS 10.6.8 or later. And of course if you intend to DVR and record a lot of content, a large amount of disk space is recommended. For MacBooks and Mac's with small internal SSD drives, you may want or need a high-capacity external USB or ThunderBolt backup drive to store your scheduled recordings and DVR content.
EyeTV U6 Tech SpecsYou can learn more about the features and specs of the the Mac compatible U6 Genitech EyeTV tuner and EyeTV 3 software for MacOS at their USA website.
Fortunately, EyeTV software for Mac OSX is still available. A company Geniatech has taken over software support functions for the EyeTV app. Version 3.x of EyetV recommends OSX 10.6 or higher - and currently retails as a stand-alone app for around $89. It seems software development continues as various recent builds of EyeTV v3.6.x support Mac OSX ElCapitan and MacOS Sierra.
Some 3rd-party Mac tuners came bundled with v2 EyeTV LITE - But the Lite version only works on OSX 10.8 and below and is incompatible with newer versions of MacOS.
For those hardcore Macintosh users still hellbent on watching and recording TV -- Geniatech's U6 USB HD tuner, or Silicon Dust's network connected HomeRunHD TV tuner Connect, Extend and Prime model boxes are probably the best remaining choice for Apple computer users.
A limited number of other Mac compatible TV tuners that work with EyeTV still exist, either as cross-platform devices that are still sold for the Windows market, as used or refurb devices on Amazon or eBay. As mentioned elsewhere on this site: USB TV tuner sticks that had both MacOS and WinOS cross-platform support can still be found - most notably I'd recommend select model #'s from Hauppauge (950Q) and Pinnacle PCTV (80e) tuners mentioned in this post that will work with ATSC/QAM signals and EyeTV v3.
Flat Panel HDTV Tuner Indoor Antenna
With USB-Powered Antenna Amplifier Module
Rigid Indoor/Outdoor USB HDTV Antenna
With USB AC Adapter And Mounting Hardware
If you're using Geniatech's EyeTV software for Mac OS with your USB TV Stick or Network Tuner Box - there's a diagnostic pane that can show TV signal strength in real time and be useful for positioning your antenna optimally. You can also visit AntennaDirect's transmission tower locator to find the right direction and longitudes for your closest television broadcasting towers.
Note: The use of the antenna amplifier may be optional. It may be worth testing both with and without signal boosting to see if there's noticable signal improvement or not. Sometimes amplification can 'overdrive' and degrade an otherwise acceptable, high-quality signal -- particularly if you're close-in to an urban area with nearby transmission towers and stations that are easy to pick up.
Wondering which TV tuner peripherals work with Mac OSX and ElGato/Geniatech's EyeTV 3 app? Here’s a quick and dirty list of USB, FireWire and Ethernet compatible computer TV tuners supported by ElGato’s EyeTV version 3.x DVR software for MacOS. The vast majority of these sticks and boxes have been discontinued, but may still be available used or refurb on Amazon or eBay. Also note: Some of these tuners listed are NOT for USA / North American TV signal standards, some are for European and other international television signal standards that are not compatible with those used in America.
Geniatech: EyeTV U6 ATSC Tuner
ElGato: EyeTV Hybrid (2010 model), EyeTV 200, EyeTV 250, EyeTV 250 Plus, EyeTV 300/310, EyeTV 400/410, EyeTV 500, EyeTV 610, EyeTV Diversity, EyeTV EZ, EyeTV for DTT (Cinergy T2), EyeTV for DTT (Stick) , EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0, EyeTV One.
For a time, ElGato Boxed and rebranded the HD HomeRun Connect from Silicon Dust in ElGato packaging.
Hauppague: WinTV-HVR-900, WinTV-HVR-950, WinTV-Nova-T Stick, WinTV-Nova-TD Stick, WinTV-HVR-950Q, HD PVR, FireDTV S2, FireDTV T/CI, FireDTV C/CI, LDT-1S302U.
Miglia: Evolution TV, TVBook Pro, TVDuo, TVMax, TVMicro, TVMini, TVMini HD.
ATI: TV Wonder USB 2 TV for Mac.
Pinnacle: DVB-T Stick (70e), TV for Mac HD Stick (800e), TV for Mac Hybrid Stick (330e), PCTV Hybrid Pro Stick, PCTV Hybrid Pro Stick (330e), PCTV USB Stick PCTV HD Pro Stick (800e), PCTV Diversity Stick (2001e), TV for Mac DVB-T Stick (72e), PCTV nanoStick (73e), PCTV for Mac (80eM bundled with EyeTV Lite), or if you purchased EyeTV software separately: PCTV HD mini stick (80e).
SiliconDust: HDHomeRun Connect, the improved HD HomeRun Extend (with H.264 compression). For Cable TV users, the HD HomeRun Prime (North America).
Terratec: Cinergy 400/450, Cinergy 800/850, Cinergy T2, Cinergy Hybrid T XS, XE Cinergy T, USB XXS Cinergy DT, USB XS Diversity Cinergy T, Express Cinergy Piranha Cinergy S, USB Cinergy Hybrid T, USB XS FM Cinergy HTC, USB XS HD DTV.
Valid V3 EyeTV Software Activation Code
Looking for a valid software activation key for EyeTV v3 software? You may have a Mac compatible HD TV tuner that's functional but needs a working activation code for EyeTV software for Mac OSX 10.6.8 or later to be usable. You can get the recent version of EyeTV v3.x software through this link that comes with a valid serial number working code to activate the EyeTV app.
EyeTV Lite Software Activation Code
EyeTV Lite was a very usable, slightly stripped-down version of EyeTV software v2 that shipped with some 3rd-party USB TV tuner sticks for MacOS back in the G3/G4/G5 PPC PowerPC CPU era. The software key activation code for EyeTV Light is only usable on older Macs - and not modern Intel based Mac systems which can no longer execute PPC code.