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.

  • How is it both "cable" and "air-broadcasted"? One precludes the other.
    – Tuesday
    Mar 18, 2012 at 16:36
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    @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. Mar 18, 2012 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.
    – Tuesday
    Mar 18, 2012 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. Mar 18, 2012 at 16:45
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    @ChrisW.Rea The cable is connecting my antenna to the tv indeed. Ive updated the question
    – aneuryzm
    Mar 18, 2012 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

http://www.miglia.com/ http://www.elgato.com/

Elgato also do network aware tuners

  • Ps. Is appleTV a tv tuner as well?
    – aneuryzm
    Mar 18, 2012 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%
    – aneuryzm
    Mar 20, 2012 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)

  • Please remove this as an answer and add it as a comment to the above thread. Thank you!
    – soxman
    Mar 19, 2012 at 2:39

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