Weekend Deals: EyeTV Hybrid 70% off at Amazon

The deal of the week from 9to5mac.com/toys (feed) has to be the 1/2 off EyeTV Hybrid at Amazon.comEyeTV Hybrid allows you to watch both cable and over-the-air stations on your Mac.  With EyeTV’s award-winning software, you can Tivo directly onto your hard drive for playback later from the hard drive or from iPhones and iPods.

It lists for $230 and Amazon has it for $112.  Not inexpensive enough?  OK, J&R Computer offers the refurbished version for $69 (70% off).  Note: This is a year old product.  El Gato’s Store has this year’s for a special Macworld Price of $129.

From Amazon’s description:

Watch, Record, Edit, Enjoy
EyeTV Hybrid is powered by award-winning EyeTV 2 software:

  • Watch analog as well as free over-the-air digital TV on your Mac.
  • Browse EyeTV menus in Full Screen mode.
  • Record hours of your favorite TV shows directly on your hard drive and edit out unwanted content.
  • Find TV shows using the built-in program guide (USA only).
  • Export clips and entire episodes to your video-capable iPod.
  • Connect game consoles and enjoy virtually no latency game play.

It’s the ideal solution for someone who wants both an analog and digital TV solution for the Mac in one small USB stick.

Special Features

Two-In-One TV for Your Mac
EyeTV Hybrid does the work of two EyeTV hardware products for the price of one. It delivers free over-the-air digital TV to your Mac via antenna, as well as analog TV via antenna and standard cable. In "Analog Mode", EyeTV Hybrid enables you to watch analog TV (NTSC) on your Mac via antenna and standard cable. EyeTV Hybrid also comes with a break-out cable for composite video and S-Video; use it to connect a set top box to receive premium channels, digital cable or satellite (in standard definition). Do you plan to use EyeTV Hybrid with a Dual PowerPC G5 or an Intel Core Duo processor? Then enjoy watching 720p or 1080i HDTV (MPEG-2) in addition to the other digital television standards.

  Made for the Mac
With its classic matte aluminum finish and surprisingly small size for such a versatile product, the EyeTV Hybrid is a perfect complement to the Mac. It features a USB 2.0 interface for the streaming of superior quality, uncompressed TV content to your Mac. It is USB powered and therefore requires no external power supply, and contains a full-size coaxial plug.
  Connect Game Consoles to Your Mac
Connect your game console and enjoy an excellent live play experience–EyeTV Hybrid’s uncompressed analog video signals appear on the screen with virtually no latency.
  Navigate with an Apple Remote
Tired of remote controls scattered around the living room? So are we. If your Mac came with an Apple Remote, you can use it to navigate EyeTV’s Full Screen Menu. The Full Screen Menu will certainly work with an EyeTV IR remote control as well.
  Superb Quality Digital TV Recordings
EyeTV Hybrid records digital TV in one quality setting, Lossless. The digital stream is recorded unaltered, and so you’re getting full quality digital content as encoded by the broadcaster. EyeTV supports multilingual programming and Dolby Digital sound. Analog TV can be recorded via EyeTV 2’s software encoder, and the quality depends on the Mac’s processor power.

Product Description
This El Gato EyeTV Hybrid Analog and Digital TV Tuner for Macintosh has been Factory-Refurbished to perform as new. It includes a 6 month warranty.

EyeTV Hybrid is a highly acclaimed TV tuner for the Mac. It’s ideal for anyone who wants the flexibility of a free over-the-air HDTV and analog solution together in one small USB stick. EyeTV Hybrid does the work of two EyeTV hardware products for the price of one. It delivers stunning quality free-to-air digital HDTV (ATSC) to your Mac as well as conventional analog TV via standard cable or antenna.
EyeTV Hybrid records digital TV in one quality setting, Lossless. The digital stream is recorded unaltered for full quality digital content as encoded by the broadcaster. EyeTV also supports closed captioning and Dolby Digital sound. With its classic matte aluminum finish and surprisingly small size for such a versatile product, the EyeTV Hybrid is a perfect complement to the Mac. It features a USB 2.0 interface for the streaming of superior quality, uncompressed TV content to your Mac. EyeTV Hybrid is USB powered and therefore requires no external power supply, and contains a full-size coaxial plug. Includes Software and Installation instructions

iLife '09 and iWork '09 hit Amazon

9to5mac affiliate, Amazon and a few other retailers, are now carrying iLife and iWork at retail prices.  Amazon, however, offers free shipping and often doesn’t charge sales tax like the Apple Store.   If you want to get in on those amazing Faces and Places features of iPhoto, get clicking.  Links and prices below.

iLife ’09 $79
iLife ’09 Family Pack $99 (up to 5 licenses – screw you Brady Bunch!)

iWork ’09 $79
iWork ’09 Family Pack  $99

The Box Set – which includes iLife ’09, iWork ’09 and a Leopard license
Single License: $169
Family License: $229

 

Remember to check all of the Apple related deals at 9to5mac.com/toys (feed).

 

TechRestore will matte your Unibody MacBook for $199

If there was ever any doubt that there is, in fact, a market for matte screen MacBooks of the 13 and 15 inch variety, Techrestore is validating.  For $199 (Apple’s $50 matte-grade doesn’t seem so steep now does it?) and a 24 hour turnaround time, they will replace your mirror screen with a matte screen.  No word yet what happens to the MacBook Logo – maybe they’ll laser etch your name in there for another Benny.

From their site:

Don’t like the shine? Think your MacBook Pro screen is like looking in a mirror? We can help!

This service is for the "Unibody" MacBook Pro systems with 15.4-inch screens that were released by Apple in late 2008. Only fully functional screens qualify for this replacement service. If your screen is defective and you need to schedule a repair, please click here.

What this service includes: Replacement of the super glossy, super shiny LCD screen on your MacBook Pro with a matte finish, non-glossy screen. We also remove the shiny glass cover on your MacBook Pro and replace it with a black bezel that surrounds the matte finish screen. The replacement screen will be brand new and include a 1-year TechRestore warranty. We will perform the service within 24-hours (M-F) of receipt of your Mac.

A Trusted Source with a Proven Track Record

Like you, thoughts of being without our Macs for an extended time period is downright scary. The good news is that we only need your Mac for 24-hours (Monday – Friday) to install a brand new LCD screen and with our nationwide overnight courier service, you’ll have your Mac back before you know it. In addition to the fast turnaround time, we provide you with our exclusive 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Quick & Easy with no Surprises

Our flat-rate LCD screen replacement includes everything you need to get your trusty Mac back up and running as quickly as possible. Just add this item to your shopping cart and complete your order online, or call 1-888-64-Restore (888-647-3786) to schedule your repair via phone. Choose from our famous Overnight Door-to-Door pickup service, Local Drop-Off at any FedEx location near you or send your laptop to us on your own and get Free return shipping. During the repair process, you’ll be provided with email updates and you can check your repair status online at anytime.

Choose from four shipping options for your repair:

ship options





1. Door-to-Door Overnight Pickup for $99
2. Local FedEx Drop-Off with Overnight Delivery for $49
3. Self-Ship with Return Overnight Delivery for $29
4. Self-Ship with Return Ground (3-5 Day M-F) Delivery: Free

Three options include return Overnight shipping back to your location when your repair is completed. Click here for an illustrated view of your shipping options. The Free Ground return option is valid with any approved repair.

Customers outside the U.S., in Canada, Hawaii & Alaska select the Self-Ship shipping option below. An additional charge of $20 will be added to your order for return overnight shipping.

Don’t take our word for it – take a gander at what our customers have to say about our services.

More Questions? Give us a call at 1-888-64-Restore and speak to an actual human being or contact us via email.

Macworld new products…Toast, Skype, Picasa…

9to5mac.com/toys is running down the Macworld Hardware and software releases today.  Some standouts:

Toast 10 was released at Macworld.  You can get it at the Roxio Store for $79 (after $20 mail in rebate).  Or Amazon has it for $85 with no rebate hassles.

  • Roxio Toast 10 Titanium is the easiest and fastest way to burn your music, video, photo and data files on to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc for both Mac and PC
  • Locate, convert and burn your favorite shows, music and data to CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs, or sync to your iPhone, iPod and other mobile devices
  • Save and convert video from many popular video sharing websites
  • Automatically capture and tag streaming audio from the Internet right into your iTunes library
  • Roxio Toast 10 Titanium is the essential complement to MacOS X and iLife for disc burning and much more

Picassa for Mac and Skype 2.8Beta are, of course, free.  We are waiting (OMG don’t deny us APPLE!) for Slingplayer on iPhone

On the hardware front, get a MacBook Air from Apple for $999.

Also, OWC Offers the Newer Technologies new Voyager Q (for quad interface) eSATA, /Firewire400-800/USB SATA Hard Drive Adapter (picture below).  If you only need a USB model, Amazon has the Thermaltake for $32 (60% off).

Need a 1.5TB SATA HArd Drive to go in there?  Amazon offers a Seagate for 140 plus $8 shipping.  Or get them both for $172 (see combination deals).  Not too shabby.

Show's over…notes on Macworld 2009

Frankly we like to see a little more hardware at events but the 17 inch MacBook was pretty close to our description last week.  The $50 matte version should make people both happy and sad – as wil lthe internal long life battery.  We’d be lying if we said we didn’t want one…with 8Gb (will we be able to up our smaller MacBooks to 8Gb)?   No Mini or iMac however was rough.  We have a feeling they are coming.

iLife and iWork are both looking pretty exciting.   iWork.com is pretty close to what we envisaged.  There were lots of gray areas where we missed some stuff but we think we got the major gist of it across.  GarageBand learn-to-play is exactly what we had heard.  And the Magic hint?  Cool transitions in iWork.  They are Fun!

iTunes.  The end of the DRM era.  Now we don’t have to visit Amazon (but probably will continue for the dealz).  Amazon still beats Apple on price but iTunes is more convenient.

Apple Stock isn’t really reacting (update – whoops – it is tanking).

Overall however, we were left….wanting…although the Macrumorslive (best feed out there)  getting hacked was entertaining.  And obviously we have an Apple Mac hardware event coming up.

We’ll put up Apple’s videos as they become available.  What did you think?