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21 October, 2006

new iMac and EyeTV 2.3.2

EyeTVA while back, I mentioned that I bought EyeTV for DTT. It was a great product allowing me to watch digital TV on my Mac.
Yesterday Elgato released EyeTV 2.3.2 (software) with two new exciting features. Picture-in-Picture and Australian EPG (electronic programme guide) support (via IceTV). IceTV charges AU$ 3 per week for the EPG service, which I feel it's quite expensive. Besides the cost, it's still good to know that Australian EPG is now supported.

The Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is interesting. I can two two recorded programmes in PiP mode, or one live TV and one recorded show. However according to this FAQ,

You must have a Live TV window and a recording window open, two Live TV windows or two recordings windows. Control+Shift+P or choose Picture in Picture from the View menu. This will enable PiP.
It mentions "two Live TV windows". How do I open two live TV windows?

A brief report of EyeTV 2.3.2 on MacCentre701 is available.

iMac (Intel Core 2 Duo)To the topic of iMac, yes, I finally decided to get a new iMac (Intel Core 2 Duo) to replace my current Power Mac G4, bought in April 2004. At the time I bought it Power Mac G5 has already released. It was the top of line Power Mac G4, with dual G4 1.42 GHz, 2GB RAM. It is still a great machine, but it's getting slower.

I've been doing more video editing and converting recently, and Power Mac G4 is somehow getting slower. So I need a new Mac.

Actually, I wanted a compact machine, like the Mac mini. However, after some consideration, it's not powerful enough to suit my need. Mac mini is Core Duo up to 1.83 GHz, which I don't think it will keep me happy for long. Therefore I limited my choices to iMac. Benefits of iMac? It's Core 2 Duo, which means 64-bit, and it's faster (even at same clock speed) thanks to the faster HDD.

I've ordered it and it should be arrive in about two weeks time. (Ordering is slow in Australia, particularly if you do a build-to-order. Thanks to SillyDog701 members on helping me making a decision.

Disadvantage of an iMac? It's a lot heavier than then Mac mini. Hard to carry around.

related article:
new iMac with Core 2 Duo, and 24-inch iMac (MacCentre701, 7th Sept 2006)

Posted by Antony on 21 October 2006 8:41 AM | Mac hardware
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I just installed the upgrade myself. It's great to finally have an EPG. I've got the EyeTV Analog on a Mac Mini. Can't pick up Channel 9 on digital hence to view that we use analog.
Posted by Dave Rosen on 26 October 2006 11:07 AM.
elgato updated there 'picture in picture' faq but i still can't figure it out for 2 live windows. i have a Hybrid and 200 hooked up. would love to know how to do this!
Posted by chris on 29 October 2006 5:55 AM.
Hello Chris, Thanks for providing the heads-up. According to this FAQ, currently, this feature is experimental. I'd guess that you can try to open a live TV first, then, change the preference (device choice) to open another live TV. (guessing only, I don't have two units.) OR, it should work for Miglia's new TVDuo or Elgato's new EyeTV Diversity. This is best I know, I hope I had defined answer.
Posted by Antony Shen [TypeKey Profile Page] on 29 October 2006 12:47 PM.
iMac is a nice machine, I've recently got one as well. It is in addition to a Mac Mini Duo and I believe it was the next step up in the product line. Very very happy.
Posted by Michael Fox on 3 August 2007 6:47 PM.
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