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Hello everyone ,
I am new to the mac world i have an Imac desktop here at home i want to hook up my cable box to my mac to watch tv on my computer Can this be done ? What will I need ? I want to watch tv from my computer with my twc cable box It is a high def box I pay for this service and was wondering if this can be done?
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Elgato - North America

you'll want to check through their compatible hardware and find something that will support HD video, and if you require the cable box to decode channels (you may need a cable box for any HD channels, honestly, I don't know - I have satellite) the hardware that accepts the video signal will require some sort of IR blaster to control the cable box.

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I posted this on my forum, but it relates to this post.
There are quite a few for the Mac.
EyeTV - Elgato - North America
Pinnacle - Pinnacle Systems- Pinnacle for Mac|Discover video & TV solutions
ATI - ATI TV Wonder™ HD 650 Combo USB for Mac - Overview
Happauge - Hauppauge Computer Works : Mac products
Equinux - equinux - Small TV receivers for digital TV on Mac and PC

The Happauge and I believe the Equinux are pretty cheap. Most of them do the same thing, they seem to work about the same. . Most of them use the same EyeTV software. You can get the HD signal right in from your antenna or cable box for any of these USB sticks.

You might check out this fella's videos.


Might help to search youtube for those models I listed above. There are ton's of reviews.

I hope that helps!

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I think the OP wants to view the HD content from his TWC box. The problem is that many of the channels will be encrypted and the solutions mention above do not get around that. The tuners that are HD cable capable, only handle non-encrypted content.

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