Elgato EyeTV Hybrid – Info and Giveaway

For my triumphant return to to iPhoneinCanada.ca I thought I’d host a little giveaway.

[Update Monday June 21, 2010 7:00am ET – Congrats to mtlscream who won the EyeTV Hybrid + EyeTV 3 Software!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!!]

I recently got my hands on the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV Tuner Stick and was all set to try it out, and put it through its paces before giving it away to some lucky soul. While it’s an entirely capable piece of hardware, the EyeTV 3 software and it’s catering to iOS devices  is really where this product shines. Unfortunately for me, it’s not compatible with my ancient iBook.

So being unable to test drive it, I’ll simply tell you about it. It’s probably for the best that I can’t use it – because I’m fairly certain that there was a serious risk of me then keeping it for myself.

For PC users, this is a decent contender as a compact TV tuner solution. If you don’t have a built-in TV Tuner this would be a smart buy – it’s compatible with Windows 7, and Media Server therein. The software that Elgato provides you with is the TerraTec Home Cinema software. While I’m sure it’s decent – it’s no EyeTV 3.

This is the good part. If you’ve read this far down you might start asking yourself why an iPhone Blog is talking about TV Tuner hardware/software. Well, while there are lots, and lots of great features within the EyeTV 3 software, but the best (in my opinion) is its interactivity with iOS Devices. Specifically, the iPhone and iPad. I’m talking about the EyeTV App.

Firstly, this App lets you schedule programming from your device. As best I can tell Bell is the only major nation-wide cable TV carrier to have an App that allows you to do this with PVR box, so a great option for everyone else. Secondly, with this App you can watch any previously recorded shows that you have saved on your Mac, streaming directly to your iPhone or iPad. Over Wifi or 3G.

Which brings us to the last and one of the best points – Live TV. Oh yes, once again over Wifi or 3G. (I can hear all the $30/mo 6Gb folks cheering). For only $4.99, that’s a lot of greatness for one little App. However, you will need to be running EyeTV 3, and it will, if directed, properly save specifically configured for optimal iPhone and/or iPad viewing.

Now I’m certain that there are some serious concerns about data consumption and battery life, and whatnot. Elgato offers a Free Trail-App to EyeTV 3 users (of registered products) called Live3G which is simply the Live TV portion of the EyeTV App – so that you can test it out, make sure it works, and all of that before shelling for the full $5 App. Or, not. If you just want to use it for Live TV Streaming, that’s all you need.

With all of that said, does this not sound like a product you want to own? Should you not win the giveaway, please keep in mind that the EyeTV 3 Software itself is available for purchase (for $79.95 USD) only for the Mac – and the full EyeTV App is $4.99, this is a really great piece of software to own if you already have a TV Tuner, coz it’s compatable with all of these. If you don’t, the whole package, with an EveTV Hybrid, is $149.95 USD.

This is how you can win the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV Tuner Stick & EyeTV 3 Software

1) Comment on this post (include your email address in the form so I can contact you!)
2) Tell me what your favorite TV Show is!

Entries will be taken from now until 11:59pm PT Sunday, June 20, 2010. Winner will be randomly chosen from all eligible entries. Please note that this prize pack does not include a copy of the EyeTV App, and that the winner, should they choose, will need to purchase it for themselves. Please make sure you meet the system requirements for the software, and honestly, only Mac users for this one – sorry.

[Update Monday June 21, 2010 7:00am ET – Congrats to mtlscream who won the EyeTV Hybrid + EyeTV 3 Software!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!!]

chantelleI’m really happy to be back everyone, Good Luck!

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  • GooseLegs

    This sounds like an amazing TV Tuner. I can’t believe you are giving it away.

    GooseLegs@hotmail.com

    My favourite tv show is Last Comic Standing. Craig Robinson is the man for bringing it back.

  • Anonymous

    My favourite show has to be Fringe! Unreal, and the cliffhanger that they left us at… ahh!
    I would love an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid!
    ryanwils@me.com

  • Franklo82

    I always loved the Eyetv and its app on my macbook and iphone. I will try it out with my new ipad next week.
    my favorite show is dancing with the stars
    Frank ( franklo82@live.com)

  • ondre

    Very cool. That interface looks really straight forward and easy to navigate.
    I can imagine it would look great on an iPad or iPhone4!

    As for my favourite TV show, it has to be The Mighty Boosh! One of the best shows to come out of the UK, in my opinion.

  • H4RPY

    Wow this would be great with my new iPhone 4 :-D!

    My favourite TV Show is Chuck and I'm sure glad it was renewed for another season!

  • Mike Perry

    United States Of Tara is my current favorite show. Just finished season 2.
    mrmike1972@hotmail.com

  • MR

    Favorite show on the air currently is… hmm. I'll go with Dexter. Justified is a close second.

  • juleehen

    I would gladly test it for you πŸ˜‰
    Looks very intersting !

    My favorite show is Mythbusters

    Keep up the good work πŸ˜€

  • eraynai

    Awesome little device, as person who has a $30/6GB a month package, I could really put this to good use! Welcome back!

    Favorite show – Breaking Bad

  • KyleG

    Welcome back! Looks like a sweet little gadget, count me in.

    Favorite show has got to be Battlestar Gallactica.

  • Laove the iPad interface. Elgato does not disappoint.

    My favorite tv show is lost.

  • sunny

    My favorite shows are Chuck and Amazing race, I would definitely like to try it for you.

  • Awesome! I also still have the 6 GB plan so this would be awesome!

    As for favorite show? I'm going to have to go with Seinfeld. I've seen every episode a million times and I can practically recite the script of every episode, but I still could sit there and watch it for hours.

  • Jonathan

    Hands down it's The Office! Nothing is nearly as funny as that show!

  • Dan

    Heck yeah, 6GB plan!

    Favourite TV show would be Top Gear

  • eraserXxx

    My favorite show is True Blood!!!

  • Alimk

    Would LOVE this! For me its how i met your mother, love how you guys hosts these giveaways! thanks!

  • iguy

    Glad I have the 6gb plan!

    Favorite show: Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • iguy

    Sorry I posted without signing in, just reposting.

    Favorite show: Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • Francois

    Oh that looks like a fun gadget! Favorite show is Breaking Bad.

  • Chrisgurski

    oooooo I hope I win (duh)

    Fav. show: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

  • Jesshaze

    Yip Yow!
    Fave show is: True Blood!!

  • schjosh

    Cool contest!

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!

  • jtan

    Cool!
    Favourite show is How I Met Your Mother.

  • ribby

    Awesome

    CSI Miami

  • djepsilon

    I want it, I want it!

    My favourite show today is HIMYM….but my favorite show of ALLLLLL time has got to be Full House! YESSSSSS!

  • Spybenj

    Awesome
    I love eureka during the summer, and flashforwqrd during the year.
    Have an iphone and iPad, getting an iphone 4 when it comes to Canada

  • Kp08sk

    hmm..
    My favourite show has to be The Big Bang Theory..
    now only if Penny could move in next door…hmm =)

  • Justin

    Smallville all the way!

  • Brian

    Iron Chef America, not that I can cook, just eat. πŸ˜‰

  • Pat

    FAV Show: Seinfeld or The Simpsons!

  • munchy

    want.
    the office.

  • Sylanel

    I really like How I Met Your Mother, it's a really funny and original idea for a show. I've got to admit though that I am also addicted to Chuck. Really good serie to consider if you haven't watched it already.

  • Piotr

    My favourite TV show is The Big Bang Theory.
    Would like to be able to watch it on my iPhone on the go.

    Thanks

  • Jay Murray

    I think I'm the last person in Canada that watches Survivor

  • Mtlscream

    My favorite shows….. I love CSI (the vegas one), the Vampire Diaries… and many more… Love to put my TV on my iMac and after being able to watch them on my iPhone or iPad… This Eye TV would be amazing for me πŸ™‚
    It would be the perfect device for my home system πŸ™‚

  • Hlfire

    I'm Canadian just like how Canadian your site is. My favourite show, Hockey Night In Canada. Period

  • “Hello… IT… Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Favourite TV show? C'mon! The IT Crowd! πŸ˜€

  • Pat

    Hey, I like contests! My favorite show is Criminal Minds.

  • Harry

    Great article, I love products just for mac…. True Blood is my fave tv show!!!

  • iSRH

    I've used Elgato software for years on my Macs… no problems. I'm really excited to see it on the iPad.

    Welcome back Chantelle!

    Favourite show… I once was LOST, but now I'm Doctor Who!!!

  • Momin

    HOUSE!

  • my favourite show just wrapped up after 8 seasons: “24” but Modern Family has quickly become my new favourite.

  • Newfiejw

    Looks great.

    Fav show House

  • Oooohh – there are so many shows!
    I enjoy desperate HW, lie to me, lost was good until season 4-5.. fringe is amazing! so much i want to watch & record!

    Thanks
    Andrew (andrushaa@gmail.com) http://www.twitter.com/grush

  • n!MA

    Now that lost is gone, I'm watching big bang theory.

  • Livininmtl

    I love EyeTV. I have an OLD EyeTV200, and have been using it for years on my 5 year old iMac.

    Well, it's time for a change. New iMac here I come! And I could sure use a few dollars in savings on this new computer by not needing to purchase a new EyeTV to go with it… hint hint

    EyeTV is not just a contender to Windows TV solutions. It blows them out of the water.

  • Harpoon

    Awesome! My fave show is Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • MR

    Hey, if we're picking past and present shows, go ahead and put me down for Battlestar Galactica also. πŸ™‚

  • poonharp

    Chantelle!! Free EyeTV !!!,…Ugly Americans!!!!!!(the TV show)

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  • Arif

    Count me in!

    Fav Show: Breaking Bad!

  • JC

    My favourite TV show is Jeopardy!

  • Matt K

    It's all about Dexter for me. ooooh yeah…

  • I have many shows… but right now the one I'm currently laughing at and all caught up on is The big Bang Theory!

  • Larry G

    I'd really enjoy winning an EyeTV. My favorite show is Criminal Minds

  • Sgandell

    Fringe!

  • xxJDxx

    Looks like an awesome gadget..

    My favorite show is probably peep show…great uk comedy!

  • leopod

    Twin Peaks – viva el gato!

  • Full_Moto_Jacket

    I've been using Orb w. a WinTV USB and it's finicky at best, if and when the tuner works. This Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV Tuner Stick looks like a great solution.

    I don't really have a favourite TV show. I mostly watch sports. Watching the US Open as I type this (Go Lefty!)

  • OddyOh

    Looks great! My favourite show is Hockey Night in Canada! Go Leafs!

  • rorypiper

    I've been debating getting one of these for a long time, but I never seem to have an extra $150 lying around. :p There's a tech news show that I watch everyday called “Attack of the Show”. they don't have full episodes on their website, or in their iPhone app, so It'd be great to be able watch this on the go.

    Oh, and, welcome back!

  • Lee Alan

    Looks really cool! Favourite show is definitely CSI Miami!!!!

  • Clacoste

    Looks awesome. Favorite show: 30 Rock.

  • Cameron

    My favorite show right now is “Castle” with Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal from Firefly). cameron@sff.net

  • I've always wanted to get an Elgato product but always end up buying something else, (hard drives, memory, software). Here's to this being my first!

    Fav show: Penn and Teller Bullsh!t

  • Inv

    Sure looks like a good TV Tuner.
    Top shows would be Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Chuck

  • Beavercountry

    This thing looks pretty cool. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Favorite show: Oz

  • Jeff

    Looks amazing, have always wanted to try one out. I would love to write a functional review for the blog if I'm selected.
    Fav tx shows are lost (yes it's over but I'm watching the DVDs now) and bitchen kitchen on food network.

  • hAMMEr

    Always wanted to give it a go

    Great site

    Fav Show is sportscenter

  • bringer666

    My favourite TV show right now is Breaking Bad

  • cilias

    Entourage!

  • timey-wimey

    Favourite show is Doctor Who (although I'm not necessarily sold on the new doctor quite yet).

  • Hounster

    Breaking bad

  • Carbo

    Favourite show was Lost…now it's Fringe

  • mackman6151

    so this is where the 6gb/$30 data plan really shines eh? :P….fav tv show is Dexter

  • Cool I would like to win!
    Lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#1

  • Jamie King

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    My favourite Tv show right now is Top Gear (British version)

  • Noahattic

    this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!! with this, i wont be missing any of my lakers game!!!

  • iMerc08

    Wow thanks for the nice review! I can't wait to try it out… if I win! πŸ˜‰ Oh and my favorite TV show is indubitably LOST!

  • Huiwen

    I wonder what it feels like to watch tv on an i-device. favorite show is Lie to Me

  • JT

    Thx, Chantelle. I learned something new tonight reading your blog while watching one of my old faves and
    continue to laugh 'til I cry – 'The Golden Girls'. I would looovvve to record and watch when having a bad day!!!

  • John Egan

    My favourite TV show is the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It's an annual event where 40 countries each send a 3 minute song. You can't vote for your own and the voting is as entertaining as the performances.

  • Alsarraf M

    My favorite tv show is prison break
    I like it because it has kind of action and adventure at the same time

  • Jesse Brauner

    My favorite is Family Guy and House.

  • Half_Pint

    Doctor Who FTW!

    vicpro
    magma
    ca

  • Hmmm, just one? πŸ˜‰ Torchwood.

  • Benev

    My favourite TV show right now is the FIFA world cup!

  • Blues106

    Wow this is a really awesome product. Good luck to anyone who wins it!

    As for my favorite TV show…. well I am not really sure if this qualify's.

    I'm a Nuck fan in Toronto. So if sports don't count I would have to say Married with children

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • jonnyk26

    This is a pretty slick product! I've been interested in these EyeTVs for some time.

    I can't just pick on favourite show, but I'd have to go with…
    The Mentalist
    or
    Dexter

    Cheers!

  • deusex

    Well, here's to hoping I win this… It's really hard to pick one single show as my favourite, but from the currently running ones, I'd have to say either Dexter or Chuck and from ones that have finished, either Dead like Me or Seinfeld.

  • kiwi

    awesome!

    I'd love to watch Big Bang Theory via this !!

  • Techdogg

    Very giveaway! I've had my eyes ob this device for quite a long time now.

    My favorite TV show is actually Montreal Canadiens Hockey. Can you believe that?!

  • Kdjanz

    My fave has to be Mythbusters. I actually bought a new TV and PVR so that I could watch it.

    Kelly

  • Favorite show? Criminal Minds or Stargate Universe, hard to decide which I like more. An EyeTV would be a great addition to my MultiMedia Mini!

    Dave

  • ppival

    Doctor Who for me, thanks for the opportunity to win πŸ™‚

  • Gameover027

    Bones!! πŸ˜€

  • rayray14

    LOST!

  • XC Guy

    Doctor Who's getting good right now! These things are sweet thanks for doing this

  • Brianjacques

    Lost

  • Commenting from my iPhone should not be this hard – 4th attempt.

    I've got a ConvertX box that was sold with the original EyeTV s/w. It was great, but haven't used it in ages. The tiny USB device and the EyeTV 3.0 s/w would be ideal for my new mac mini setup in my family room I think.

    As for favorite show – these days it's probably True Blood, what's not to love? πŸ™‚

  • BudColby

    My favorite TV program is “Numbers”. geeks rule!

  • Winbroker

    Hi Chantelle

    Thanks for all your hard work in getting us Canadian info for our phones.

    Keep up the good work. TV show Big Bang Theory

  • Mtlscream

    YEAH…. Thanks so much Chantelle…
    I can't wait to play with my new toy πŸ™‚ Thanks so much… iPhone and iPadincanada, you're doing a great job πŸ™‚

    Thanks again πŸ™‚

  • Does this work with Macbooks?