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Apple Compatible TV Tuner Hardware Market Sees Dwindling Choices
The demand for Apple compatible High-Definition USB TV receivers and video capture devices in the United States is diminishing and under market pressure from changing content acquisition methods and waning consumer interest on the Macintosh platform.
"For many years, a Mac USB receiver or video grabbing device was the only way to get televised or taped content into your Apple computer." says Baer. "But with the growth of, and competition from web-based pay-per content providers like the iTunes store, Hulu, Netflix and others the need to grab and post-process recorded clips, movies or tv shows has declined. It's affected the viability of the Mac video tuner hardware market greatly despite the Macintosh platform's ongoinged and significant market-share growth in the PC industry."
Once the market forerunner, ElGato just recently discontinued it's PC and Mac compatible USB TV tuner product line. It's flagship product, the EyeTV Hybrid was the singularly best-selling option for both Digital HDTV and Analog video capture for many years. Other products like the EyeTV One for Digital antenna reception, and the HDHomeRun ethernet network tuner are no longer listed at their online store. However, EyeTV's Analog video capture product for legacy media such as DVD, VHS and Camcorder devices is still available.
ElGato's primary competitor, the TubeStick Hybrid from Equinux has also ceased distribution in North America. TheTube app was it's MacOS compatible DVR software program for setup, scheduling and recording televised broadcasts. They still offer Apple TV tuner products under the 'Tizi' moniker, but only for European DVB-T tv signals -- not the North American ATSC aerial or Clear QAM Digital Cable specifications.
A range of other 3rd-party USB TV tuners that are compatible with ElGato's EyeTV and EyeTV Lite DVR application for OSX have either erratic availability or have recently been discontinued. Vendors such as SiliconDust, Hauppauge, Pinnacle and others have made, or continue to offer tuners that were bundled with or will work with EyeTV 3 software for Mac OS X. The latest version of EyeTV 3 DVR software itself is still offered for standalone purchase directly from ElGato's website.
For Mac users willing to investigate and ferret out specific, supported 3rd-party television tuner accessories, MacGizmoGuy continues to maintain a website dedicated to the Macintosh compatible TV tuner market at http://www.mac-
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