So the new HDTV arrived yesterday afternoon and was back at Costco before the day was out. The LCD display was corrupted. Phone calls and internet seraches suggested it wasn’t fixable. A Costco rep told me to return it to a store and reorder online, which I did. Curiously enough, Costco can not credit purchases back to a credit card. You must take cash or a Costco Cash Card in exchange. Which brings up nefarious opportunities for anyone looking to earn frequent flier miles on their credit card. (I use a normal card, with no special deals on it.) On the bright side, even the standard definition TiVo output looked marvelous on the thing and having composite-in looks like it was a very good choice. I never got a chance to hook up the Mac Mini though during all the trouble-shooting.
In the meantime, I’m still struggling to create a workflow for EyeTV to MPEG Streamclip to iTunes. I need to design a way (probably through AppleScript, but I’m open to other suggestions) to search through all my EyeTV recordings to see which ones are new, and to convert them into MPEG-4 overnight and get them into iTunes. The “see which ones are new” is the easiest part. Since all EyeTV recordings are bundles, I just have to “touch” a file in each bundle after converting to MPEG-4. What I’d really like to do is edit out all the commercials from a bunch of recordings at once and then schedule the conversion as a queue of jobs. It’s not yet happening.
I continue to have problems recording ATSC shows in their entirety using the EyeTV. Shows, which I know are entirely free-to-air, keep breaking in the middle with a warning about being “Encrypted”. Very frustrating, especially since I want to be able to use the Mini/EyeTV as the TiFaux for AppleTV and the HDTV set. My HDTV antenna is a couple of years old, but I can’t imagine that technology has changed all that much in this time. Is there something I’m missing here?