I have used the TV Max from Miglia ($230) from the day it was released and it is one of my most used and favourite pieces of equipment in my Mac set up.
I recently took the plunge though and upgraded to the TVMax +. The main reason for this was that I had decided that I wanted to store all my movies, both recorded and DVD, in iTunes so the eyeTV propriety application had to go.
First though I needed to encode all the existing eyeTV movies into iTunes friendly format, I chose h.264. To do that I used Visual Hub and a little know “trick”: as .eyetv is a container, if you right click you can “Show package Contents”. Once inside you see the movie. You can then use VisualHub to convert the file into a AppleTV format then run the converted file through MetaX to add all the necessary metadata, then add it to itunes.
Setting up, or in my case upgrading, was a simple process. Once everything is connected you follow the easy steps and then let the MigliaTV software pick up your channels:
I have been very impressed with the picture quality – although in this case not with the quality of the England teams cricket!
Scheduling a recording is simple and I much prefer the interface to the old eyeTV software. It is much more intuitive and Mac like.
An area that is still under development though is the editing function. Still in beta and somewhat ugly (by their own admission) it works and shows a lot of promise. It is a totally necessary function in my book – to top and tail early starts and over records and edit out commercial breaks.
The real beauty though is the total ease with which it records in an AppleTV (iTunes) friendly format – no encoding, no post production, it just records direct into the format saving an unbelievable amount of time. Most impressive and very very useful.
So any worries that I had about the future of the TVMax + and Miglia have disappeared. This is a very impressive application that I am using on a daily basis, and it already seems like an ‘old friend’.
Here it is sat with the Mac mini and LaCie external hub and drive hooked up to the B&O
What they Say
The Quickest way to get video onto your iPod or Apple TV
A fabulous content booster for any iPod or Apple TV. Let TVMax+ become the heart of your home entertainment by connecting to a range of devices and enjoy your shows on the go.
Not forgetting of course that TVMax+ is also a TV tuner, so you can watch, pause and record all of your favourite cable shows to watch exactly as you want to.
Be creative and make it happen with TVMax+ and Apple TV on your Mac.
Fabulous quick content provider for your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV
Your home entertainment hub
Following the simple yet beautiful lines of the Apple Mac Mini, TVMax+ will become the heart of your digital home entertainment. A superb content collection hub. TVMax+ offers the missing link between TV or content and your AppleTV or iPod.
This digital hub enabling you to connect a full range of video devices using the Coaxial, Composite or S-Video inputs. Transform your Mac into a personal video recorder and capture your VHS, Camcorder tapes or DVDâ€™s. Imagine being able to store entire collections of your favourite shows on your iPod or Apple TV.
TVMax+ lets you watch, pause, record TV and supports both the tvtv and TitanTV Electronic Programming Guides so that you know exactly whatâ€™s on and when, allowing you to schedule your shows for you to watch at your convenience.