ElGato Abandons Mac USB TV Tuner Market : Discontinues EyeTV Hybrid

No ElGato TV Tuner For Mac
Sadly, the leading maker of USB TV tuner sticks for Mac has seemingly exited the Mac tv tuner hardware market by recently discontinuing it's USB tuner hardware which includes both the #1 selling tuner the EyeTV Hybrid and the ATSC HD antenna reception only model the EyeTV One.

USB TV tuner hardware is what made ElGato the company that it is. Imagine Campbell's decided to stop selling Tomato Soup, or Kimberly-Clark stopped selling Kleenex Tissues -- and you have ElGato and their current mish-mash of remaining products. At least the EyeTV v3.6.2 software is compatible with OSX Mavericks 10.9 and still available for the many 3rd party tuners it supports. But without the cash-cow of it's best selling product driving revenues -- it's questionable how long EyeTV app can remain relevant.

If you still receive Digital Clear QAM cable channels from your provider - or get HD TV over an antenna - the Pinnacle TV Tuner for Mac bundled with EyeTV Lite is still generally available as an alternative.

Arguably, the market for Apple compatible USB TV tuners and the ability to capture, watch, record and export TV shows and movies has changed radically as more streaming, stolen, and pay-per content models have taken hold. The shift of Apple's world more towards handheld mobile iPad and iPhone has made the now secondary Macintosh desktop and MacBook laptop market pale in comparison. And the overall trend towards an All-Digital world is leaving the need Analog video capture on the wane as well.

The time's they ARE a changing. Still, it's hard to believe ElGato's given up on the OSX tuner market. You'd think they'd keep making the EyeTV hybrid 'till the market completely vanished (which, judging by search traffic I see for Mac compatible TV tuners certainly has NOT...) But unless ElGato has some next-generation USB 3.0 TV tuner stick up their sleeve and still in the works, it seems they're moving on.

Watch TV On A Mac - EyeTV Product Line Nails It

2010 EyeTV Models For Macintosh
In 2012, ElGato has the strongest lineup ever of Mac compatible HD TV tuner products for a Macintosh owners every need:

A recently introduced EyeTV ONE strictly for antenna users receiving ATSC Digital over the air signals. It’s a bit of a one-trick pony, but for many it’s a simple way to schedule, watch, record, and export TV on your Mac.

A revised and slimmed-down EyeTV Hybrid for both ATSC-QAM HD Digital with SD Analog capture functions. This best-selling TV tuner for Mac is the right choice for most Apple users interested in either Digital or Analog TV and video capture.

The EyeTV 250 Plus which continues to meet the needs of those wanting both a Hybrid TV tuner and video converter for Mac with built-in Analog hardware compression. It's still a top-notch solution years after it's original release.

Of notable interest to Digital Cable and Satellite TV subscribers who whant to tie in TV scheduling and recording to their Mac-- a long awaited solution to intercept and record true 1080 HD signal from their DVR receiver with the EyeTV HD DVR with IR Blaster controller. It also includes all cables needed for Component, Compsite or S-Video hookups.

Combined with endless refinements to EyeTV 3 PVR software for OSX to capture, record, export and share your content -- ElGato keeps pushing ways to share and show it across your home network and on your iPhone or iPad. Insanely Great products, Insanely Great software. 'Nuff said.

Equinux The Tube 2.9.7 Mac DVR Software Update

TheTube DVR Software for Macintosh
Nice to see ongoing software updates to The Tube v2.9.7 for the PC and Mac compatible TV tuner before year's end. Also there's a NEW LOW PRICE on the Equinux TubeStick Hybrid USB Tuner. Especially welcome is the 12 hour delay for Online TV program guide updates. Earlier versions had an annoying tendency to keep popping up - wanting to temporarily interrupt viewing while it retrieved your local program guide data.

iPad TV Tuner? Getting HD TV Onto An Apple iPad

It probably won't be long before we see an Apple dock connector TV Tuner for iPad. It'd really be a natural fit to take advantage of HD broadcast television programming in urban areas on that gorgeous high resolution screen with an ATSC over the air iPad TV tuner device directly connected... someday.

Who makes TV tuners for iPad Television Viewing?

Until then, Apple compatible TV tuner devices from Elgato EyeTV line and the Equinux TubeStick are at least allowing remote streamingof live TV on an iPad over your local WiFi network, and incorporating iPad optimized video export settings in the latest versions of EyeTV3 and TheTube DVR software programs for OSX.

As an interim solution, any number of HD TV tuners for Mac can help you watch TV on an iPad over your local network - or with Shows-To-Go with a few extra capture, convert and export steps done on your Macintosh laptop or desktop. Check out the iTunes App Store for the latest iPad and iPhone TV remote viewing apps from ElGato and Equinux. Also make sure you have the current version of their tuners capture and recording software so you can grab your favorite shows and movies for iPad use. FYI - For the Windows tuner market, Hauppauge Digital announced it's streaming iPad TV solution - the WinTV Extend.

EyeTV One - New Mac Tuner For Antenna Reception Only

EyeTVOne ATSC Mac TV Tuner
ElGato just announced a lower-cost Mac compatible TV tuner for strictly Over-The-Air antenna reception - the Elgato EyeTV One Computer TV Tuner 10020311 - is priced just under $100. Foregoing compatibility with Analog and Digital Cable (QAM), and lacking an Analog video capture dongle -- this ATSC antenna only tuner is a better short-term value for those of us unwilling to pay high Cable costs and are content with local broadcast reception.

As with any Mac tuner - it's the software that makes the product and the EYE TV ONE comes bundled with the full version of Eye TV 3. It's also compatible with Microsoft's Windows 7 and MediaCenter making it a flexible cross-platform HD computer tuner option.