EyeTV DTT Deluxe review

It beggars belief that Elgato has managed to cram a Freeview/DVB-T digital TV tuner into the DTT Deluxe – it’s barely bigger than the business end of a USB cable.

To set it up, you install Elgato’s elegant EyeTV 3.0 software and hook up the mini TV antenna into the MCX socket in the back of the DTT Deluxe. Or you can plug in a coaxial aerial cable if the digital TV signal in your area is weak. The only other thing you need to do is sign up for tvtv, which updates EyeTV’s EPG over the internet. You get a year’s subscription for free.

The EyeTV software is the real treat here. It combines a Front Row-style interface with a Mac OS X one so you can tweak preferences and access your recordings. It’s fairly intuitive, easy to use and enables you to record TV shows, rewind live TV and even convert your favourite shows for viewing on an iPod, iPad or iPhone.

OUR VERDICT

The only real downer with this product is that it doesn’t currently support Freeview HD, which uses the new DVB-T2 broadcast standard.

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