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  1. #1
    chris041067
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    watching tv on a mac
    yeah so my tv broke..and i started to think..hey, i wonder if i can use my mac for a tv?
    so my question is...is there any way to hook up my powerbook and use it for a TV? it would be connected to my reciever so no need for a tv tuner or anything...just a way for the video input..
    any ideas?

    i would actually like to get a nice studio or cinema display instead of another tv so i can use it for both things...or maybe even a projector
    what are your thoughts?

  2. #2
    WilliS
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    i know if i had the money... i would buy one of the mid range projectors would make watching movies a dream lol

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...CMP=EMC-NEXTAG

    ?

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    chris041067
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    Quote Originally Posted by DualG5Lova
    i know if i had the money... i would buy one of the mid range projectors would make watching movies a dream lol

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...CMP=EMC-NEXTAG

    ?
    not quite what im looking for but thats still cool...

  4. #4
    WilliS
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    just do a search for input devices...

    if you find something thats really nice, post it...i wanna watch tv on my g5 tooo

  5. #5
    sanqi
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    Will Apple ever make anything like Formac or Elgato's EyeTV? Cause both of those alternatives suck...

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    Nightblade
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    Obviously, when you mean TV, you mean live television, right? Well, the only way I know how to do that on your computer is with the operating system Windows XP: Media Center. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/ Of course, that requires a PC, which defeats the whole purpose of watching it on a Mac. So to answer your question, I really don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightblade
    Obviously, when you mean TV, you mean live television, right? Well, the only way I know how to do that on your computer is with the operating system Windows XP: Media Center. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/ Of course, that requires a PC, which defeats the whole purpose of watching it on a Mac. So to answer your question, I really don't know.
    Well I guess then this looks like something that would run through VPC on Mac maybe? :cool:

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    pcjabber
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    Quote Originally Posted by witeshark
    Well I guess then this looks like something that would run through VPC on Mac maybe? :cool:
    No. MCE only runs on certain PC hardware combos. And MS doesnt make it sepeately.... Linux-based ones work (see MythTV.org -- I am working on porting it to PPC, as I am a developer with them...)

    --PCjabber

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    TylerMoney
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    Well, there's gotta be a way to watch tv on a mac...I know there is...it's just...I don't plan on watching tv on a 12" screen..especially when there are two tv's downstairs (27" & 19"....mine and my roommates)...and I don't have cable anyways.

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    natey
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    You can watch TV on any computer, but what you need is a TV tuner. You can either do it via hardware (get a video card that has a TV tuner built inside of it) or you can get a product that looks like a little box. You plug your cable into it, and on the other end there's a USB connector. Wala! You've got TV.

    That goes for any system. You need a TV tuner (TV capture card, or what ever). I'm sure that if you look around you can find such a device. I've seen then before. there's no way (or software) around it, recieving TV needs some kind of TV tuning device -- hardware style.

    A good TV capture card from ATI will cost you a few hundred -- and it might work with a mac. It should. I've heard that you can use different video cards in a mac box. But I don't know much about setting it up...Plug and play may work and you may need a driver from ATI.

    Check it out. Go to ATI's web site and see what they say about their TV cards, and then do a search on the net for TV to computer tuners. The stand-alone tuner boxes might be more costly, however.

    --nate

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