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12 Days of Gifts - Day 12
December 22, 2011 - Dave Hecei
Elgato has a new TV tuner in their lineup called the HDHomerun. Instead of connecting directly to a computer using USB, the HDHomerun connects to your home network. This small box has only three ports – cable/antenna, Ethernet, and power. However, inside there are actually two tuners. Just install the EyeTV software on all your computers on your home network (Mac and Windows) and you can watch and record your favorite shows anywhere you are connected to you home network. It can even work with most 802.11n WiFi networks. Two tuners allow two computers to watch and record two different channels at the same time.
Recording shows can’t be any easier. The EyeTV 3 software includes one year of TVGuide online programming (after the first year it is a $19.95/yr subscription). To record a show just find it in the program guide and click the little dot, which turns red to indicate it will be recorded.
After you have recorded a show there is a basic, but decent, video editor that makes it simple to cut out the parts you don’t want, which of course could be the commercials. The EyeTV software also works seamlessly with Roxio Toast allowing you to easily archive your shows to DVD, or even Blu-Ray with the proper burning hardware.
As an added bonus, Elgato has an iOS App that allows you to watch either 'live TV' or shows you've recorded and converted. The iOS App is available from the App Store for $4.99.
If you love TV and have more than one computer in the house, the Elgato HDHomerun is a great gift. Street price is around $180.
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