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FS: EyeTV 500 (HDTV tuner/DVR box)
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plastiqueusa
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Mar 8, 2006, 01:17 AM
 
I've got an ElGato EyeTV 500 (HDTV version) which I bought a while ago. It's practically new, was stored in the box until I could get around to experimenting with reception. I concluded that I can't get good reception in my area except with a rooftop antenna, and I don't want to bother with that. I can't return it now, so I'm hoping to sell it, asking $215 shipped.

EDIT: Price changed to $150 shipped.

*SOLD*
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Sent you a PM too.
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plastiqueusa  (op)
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Mar 14, 2006, 12:35 PM
 
I actually have 2 of these, same condition--I've replied to both PMs, I can ship tomorrow if you pay via Paypal today (Tuesday).
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Mar 14, 2006, 01:35 PM
 
they work with SD not just HD right?
     
plastiqueusa  (op)
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Mar 14, 2006, 04:27 PM
 
Yes, it works with both HD and SD tv signals.
     
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Mar 14, 2006, 11:24 PM
 
I just notcied Elgato have refurbs for $199 with the 2.0 software.
     
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Mar 15, 2006, 12:19 AM
 
okay--thanks.
     
plastiqueusa  (op)
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Mar 15, 2006, 11:08 AM
 
I don't see that they're giving the 2.0 software with the refurbs, but I guess it's a safe assumption. I guess I'll revise the price--$150 delivered.

These have been tested and work perfectly, I'm really hoping people are willing to take me up on this.
     
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Mar 16, 2006, 08:19 AM
 
My refurb eyetv 500 shipped with EyeTV 2. But the 500 only recieves digital broadcasts, not analog. There's often SD content put out on the HD channels, but they're still digital broadcasts.
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Mar 16, 2006, 11:27 AM
 
Yeah, that's correct. It only has a digital tuner, so you won't get SD analog channels. You will be able to get SD and/or HD digitally depending on how the broadcaster broadcasts. Thanks for clearing that up.
     
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Mar 16, 2006, 02:52 PM
 
I know this can be confusing so hopefully this will help.
It best to think of it as ATSC vs NTSC instead of Digital vs Analog.
ATSC = Digital broadcast resolutions at 1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p. This is also called HDTV.
NTSC = Analog broadcast resolutions at 480i. This is also called SD. (Incorrectly?)
     
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Mar 16, 2006, 03:56 PM
 
So, MacOS, you didn't respond to my PM; are you not interested anymore?
     
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Mar 16, 2006, 10:42 PM
 
If it was universal binary I'd buy it from you right now


Hey, the elgato 500 takes digital antenna signals, (ATSC)

How do I find out if there are ATSC stations in my zipcode?
     
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Mar 16, 2006, 10:50 PM
 
www.antennaweb.org

Elgato promises a universal version... someday. Translated is functional, but it halves the video and doubles it up for full screen on my iMac DC. The trick is to use a intel build of VLC to watch, but it's not nearly as good for skipping commercials.
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Mar 17, 2006, 04:28 AM
 
But aren't antenna signals low quality? At with analog you get a semi-fuzzy picture with ok sound and good performance.

But if it's digital doesn't that mean it gets choppy and messed up since it needs all the digital packets to work right?
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Mar 17, 2006, 09:58 AM
 
The signal tends to drop out hard so the picture and sound will freeze or black out if the signal gets weak or blocked--that's the problem I had trying to use an indoor antenna. In my area, the towers are a little far away, so I'd need a rooftop antenna to get consistent picture and sound.
     
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Mar 17, 2006, 01:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by C.J. Moof
www.antennaweb.org

Elgato promises a universal version... someday. Translated is functional, but it halves the video and doubles it up for full screen on my iMac DC. The trick is to use a intel build of VLC to watch, but it's not nearly as good for skipping commercials.
Actually, someday is today. I can't wait to get home and try the Universal build.

http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file...updates_eyetv2

Antenna signals aren't low quality by definition, but they easily CAN be. Digital is great when it's all there, but unusable in low signal strength, because as you said, it just goes away or shows big blocks of funny colors instead of being fuzzy or noisy. Which is why I have an antenna on my roof, even though I live 5 miles from the broadcast towers. I get the best possible digital and analog OTA signals possible.
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Mar 27, 2006, 09:20 PM
 
I've sold one for $130--anyone still interested in the other?
     
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