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I want to watch my air broadcasted TV with VLC Player on a Mac.

I have a standard European TV connection (free air-broadcasted TV), and I would guess I need some sort of USB TV tuner to connect the antenna cable to my Mac.

Can I just buy any USB TV tuner, or do I need to get anything specific?

Could you give me an example of device I need to buy? I'm not asking for suggestions about what to buy, but just an example to define the category.

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How is it both "cable" and "air-broadcasted"? One precludes the other. – timothymh Mar 18 '12 at 16:36
@TimothyMueller-Harder Let's be more pedantic :) Perhaps the cable being referred to isn't really meant as "cable TV", as in a paid-for programming service delivered into the domicile over a cable from outside, but rather a reference to the antenna device's cable. Even antennas need to be connected to a TV or computer with a cable. – Chris W. Rea Mar 18 '12 at 16:42
@ChrisW.Rea He says, "I want to watch my cable TV." That doesn't sound like he means, "I want to watch TV using a cable that is connected to my TV antenna," to me. – timothymh Mar 18 '12 at 16:44
@TimothyMueller-Harder But the OP also referred to "free air-broadcasted TV", which contradicts the kind of "cable TV" you're interpreting it to mean. Yes, there's some confusion in the choice of words. – Chris W. Rea Mar 18 '12 at 16:45
@ChrisW.Rea The cable is connecting my antenna to the tv indeed. Ive updated the question – Patrick Mar 18 '12 at 17:23
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Do you have any particular reason for needing to use VLC? If you don't you could try EyeTV as it supports a good range of tuners (mine is a miglia) and has a streaming app for the iPhone / iPad

Elgato also do network aware tuners

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It sounds good, I need tips like this one, thanks – Patrick Mar 18 '12 at 19:48
Ps. Is appleTV a tv tuner as well? – Patrick Mar 18 '12 at 19:49
So, I've bought EyeTV Hybrid from Elgato. It works, but the image is a bit pixelated, not very good quality, like on a normal TV. I've tried to unplug plugs cables, USB stick, restarting mac, etc, but it is the same. And in the settings I can see the strength of the signal is 100% and its' quality is between 90 and 95% – Patrick Mar 20 '12 at 9:38

No the apple TV isn't a tuner, just a media streaming device (the original one also had a hdd to store files)

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Please remove this as an answer and add it as a comment to the above thread. Thank you! – soxman Mar 19 '12 at 2:39

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