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DVB-T2 USB Dongles for Mac

(May 2016)

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A former member
Hi all,

Can anyone recommend any DVB-T2 USB dongles for Mac? Preferably fairly cheap (I will only need it for around three weeks), but willing to go higher if necessary.

Thanks!
NG
noggin Founding member
I've not come across any Mac-compatible DVB-T2 USB dongles yet.

I had to use Bootcamp and Windows to get my USB dongles working on my Mac for years.

Now it's often easier to use a Raspberry Pi (running TV Headend under Linux) and a USB DVB-T2 dongle as combo and then connect the Mac to the Pi+T2 combo over IP. There are some T2 networked tuners available - but they are more expensive than my quick-n-dirty Pi solution.

Elgato were the only real game in town for DVB dongles for Macs, but they've now sold that part of their operation to Geniatech, who are marketing a Mac DVB-T2 dongle - but for >€100 which is pretty steep. (Don't know if a current Geniatech non-Mac dongle will work with the latest version of EyeTV - I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the USB IDs between the Mac and non-Mac models to make this tricky)

ALSO - could a Moderator move this to Media & Tech forum?
Last edited by noggin on 22 May 2016 8:33am - 2 times in total
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14 days later

ME
meridiantvfan
According to http://www.wohnort.org/dab/ there is such a stick which will work with the mac. Just scroll down a bit and you will see some info about it on the left...

But I am not so sure about this...can anyone confirm if it indeed does the biz for DVB-T2 on mac ?
LL
London Lite Founding member
The Amazon reviews don't help either as they expected to be able to receive analogue tv with it.
NG
noggin Founding member
According to http://www.wohnort.org/dab/ there is such a stick which will work with the mac. Just scroll down a bit and you will see some info about it on the left...

But I am not so sure about this...can anyone confirm if it indeed does the biz for DVB-T2 on mac ?


That's the same device I mentioned earlier on in this thread. It's badged Elgato, but Geniatech have bought the Elgato TV range, so I suspect it is closely related to the Geniatech T230 (aka August T210 v 2) - though I wouldn't be surprised if it had different USB IDs to limit use of other dongles with EyeTV (Elgato's software).
ME
meridiantvfan
This page confirms as of April it will now work with Freeview HD Smile

https://www.geniatech.eu/eyetv/product/eyetv-hybrid/
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A former member
Thanks everyone!

18 days later

GR
greencode
This page confirms as of April it will now work with Freeview HD Smile

https://www.geniatech.eu/eyetv/product/eyetv-hybrid/


Where does it say that? It states "Freeview HD, encrypted programs, analog television and DVB-T2 in terms of HEVC broadcasts are not supported"

Really annoying that none of these support Freeview HD.
LL
London Lite Founding member
This page confirms as of April it will now work with Freeview HD Smile

https://www.geniatech.eu/eyetv/product/eyetv-hybrid/


Where does it say that? It states "Freeview HD, encrypted programs, analog television and DVB-T2 in terms of HEVC broadcasts are not supported"

Really annoying that none of these support Freeview HD.


Quote:
With EyeTV Version 3.6.8/3.6.9 in combination with the EyeTV Hybrid you can now receive digital DVB-T/T2 television using an aerial. With the television app for Mac OSX, you are ready to receive European MPEG-4-based DVB-T2 programmes (France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, etc.) and perfectly prepared for DVB-T2 HEVC TV reception in Germany. DVB-T2 is the second generation of digital terrestrial television.

For the Apple Mac, the software requirements are EyeTV Version 3.6.8 / OSX 10.11.x or THC or Tot@l TV / Windows 8
GR
greencode
This page confirms as of April it will now work with Freeview HD Smile

https://www.geniatech.eu/eyetv/product/eyetv-hybrid/


Where does it say that? It states "Freeview HD, encrypted programs, analog television and DVB-T2 in terms of HEVC broadcasts are not supported"

Really annoying that none of these support Freeview HD.


Quote:
With EyeTV Version 3.6.8/3.6.9 in combination with the EyeTV Hybrid you can now receive digital DVB-T/T2 television using an aerial. With the television app for Mac OSX, you are ready to receive European MPEG-4-based DVB-T2 programmes (France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, etc.) and perfectly prepared for DVB-T2 HEVC TV reception in Germany. DVB-T2 is the second generation of digital terrestrial television.

For the Apple Mac, the software requirements are EyeTV Version 3.6.8 / OSX 10.11.x or THC or Tot@l TV / Windows 8


Doesn't it contradict itself though by then going on to say

Freeview HD, encrypted programs, analog television and DVB-T2 in terms of HEVC broadcasts are not supported

isn't Freeview HD DVB-T2
NG
noggin Founding member
Freeview HD is DVB-T2 with H264 compression and AAC audio. Freeview is DVB-T with MPEG2 compression and MP2 audio.

However the EPG for Freeview HD channels is compressed using a proprietary Huffman table (not encrypted) and these tables are, I believe, restricted to those manufacturers who enforce the Freeview HD copy protection requirements (encrypting recordings, making them Copy Once or Copy Never etc.) Whist these Huffman tables are widely circulated in Open Source software - they are probably still commercially licensed - so couldn't be incorporated in commercial software like EyeTV. That may be why there is some lack of clarity on the situation.

EyeTV definitely works OK with H264 video - I've used it to watch DVB-T H264 HD and SD content in Denmark, Norway, Sweden etc.

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