Set Top Box support is currently limited to the USA and Canada, and all satellite or cable providers for which information is available from TV Guide.
All television tuner hardware that is compatible with EyeTV can be connected to a set top box using either the composite, S-Video, or RF port (or component in the case of the EyeTV HD or HD PVR). In this way, EyeTV can record programming that is available via the set top box. What follows in is a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure EyeTV to get the same programming guide as your set top box, and display it within EyeTV.
Although EyeTV can schedule recordings based on your set top box's programming guide, EyeTV alone cannot change channels on your set top box. For this, additional infrared (also referred to as “blaster”) hardware and compatible software is
required. EyeTV indicates its intention to change channels by posting a notification on your computer, which the application that controls the infrared hardware listens to.
Configuring EyeTV and Set Top Box Support (USA and Canada)
If you own a supported hardware/software infrared blaster package, you should set it up before completing this section — please skip to the What IR Blasters can work with EyeTV for Set Top Box control? article, complete the infrared setup, then return to this section.
This is how you can configure EyeTV to get a programming guide for your Set Top Box:
In the main EyeTV Programs window, select the “Channels” category. In the Service popup, select “Configure Set Top Box”.
Both ways will bring up the Set Top Box configuration sheet.
1. First, name the set top box. This name appears in the “Service”
column of the Channels panel. You may want to enter “Dish”, “Comcast”,
“Time Warner” or something similar here. If you are using either IRed
or ZephIR to change channels, use the name of the iRed tuner or ZephIR
component you have already set up for your box. See the What IR Blasters can work with EyeTV for Set Top Box control? article for more about how to use ZephIR or iRed software with EyeTV.
2. Select which device input you use (Built-in Tuner, S-Video or Composite).
3. Select or change your Zip Code.
4. Choose a Service. The list of available services at your location is
looked up at TV Guide every time you open this dialog, because it
may change at any time. You cannot configure a Set Top Box without an
If you choose a cable connection, you have the option of using the
built-in tuner for low-numbered analog channels. This is because some
cable providers, even when supplying digital cable service, supply
unencrypted analog cable channels also. In some cases, the EyeTV tuner
provides a better picture than the cable box provided by your cable
When you click OK, EyeTV will download all the channels available
from the chosen service. It will then begin to download the program
guide for those channels. This may take a long time (8 days of program
guide for hundreds of satellite channels are about 30MB), so don’t
expect the Program Guide to be updated immediately.
5. Confirm that the downloaded channel list matches the channel list
on your set top box. You may want to deselect all channel numbers that
you do not subscribe to.
6. If you have infrared hardware, now test EyeTV’s capability to
change channels. Use the on screen remote control or double click a
channel in the channels list. This causes EyeTV to send a channel
change notification. The ZephIR or iRed software (which should be
running at all times) is already listening for these notification
messages. Then, ZephIR or iRed will send the channel number requested
by EyeTV to your set top box.
7. Use the EPG to schedule recordings on different channels. Once EyeTV
has downloaded the complete electronic program guide information, use
the on screen EPG information to schedule your recording. Remember to
leave your set top box powered on. If you do not have infrared
hardware, to ensure that EyeTV will record the channel you intended,
you must leave your set top box tuned to the channel you want to
record. EyeTV has no way of knowing what channel your set top box is
currently tuned to.
8. If you have infrared hardware, leave the ZephIR or iRed software
running, and remember to leave your set top box powered on. See the What IR Blasters can work with EyeTV for Set Top Box control? article for more about how to use ZephIR or iRed software with EyeTV.
A Note About Multiple Devices
If you have multiple devices with analog inputs, you will need to use
the Configure Set Top Box item in the Channels panel. This will bring
up a list of set top boxes, you can choose one at a time to configure.
EyeTV matches the configuration to the device using the device
serial number, if it is available and unique. Only Elgato Hybrid
devices and the EyeTV 200 have unique serial numbers. For other
devices, the matching is based on something called the USB location ID,
which changes if you unplug a USB device and replug it into a different
socket. So, if you have multiple devices, we recommend that you don’t
move them around once they are configured.