Every few years you often need to re-tune your Freeview TV as the way the channels are organised and broadcast changes. Sometimes my TV lets me know, sometimes it’s a broadcaster that says something on air (which I usually miss) and more usually I find a load of channels missing and wonder what happened. This was certainly the case when my children mentioned missing channels on our Sony KDL48W605. So a quick check of the Freeview website and it was apparent that a re-tune was needed of the TV.
If the TV needed doing, I guessed that EyeTV on my Mac would also need to do it too. The mechanism for doing this is, is not entirely intuitive. What you have to do, is to use the EyeTV Setup Assistant.
Go through the screens until you reach Auto-Tune TV Channels and then click the Auto-Tune button.
So I let the EyeTV software do its job and all my channels were back to how they should be.
I can’t quite believe I have been using EyeTV 410 for over fifteenyears now and that the original Firewire based hardware is still working, though the software has gone through a few upgrades.
The EyeTV 410 has a DVB-T digital TV tuner that allows you to both watch Freeview TV on your Mac, but also record it. You can then export it to watch on mobile devices. It’s also possible to stream live TV and recorded programmes to mobile devices, not just on the local network, but it’s also possible do that over the internet.
As with Digital TVs, the EyeTV uses the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) that is transmitted alongside the video.
I was having a few issues with the EPG as it was picking up any information from the BBC channels. I could view the channels, but no channel information was available, which meant I couldn’t (easily) set recordings, though with iPlayer I do that less and less now.
I checked for software updates, no the software was up to date.
I tried to Update the DVB Programme Guide, but that didn’t work.
I then cleared the EPG database.
That didn’t work either.
I then went through the setup assistant which is accessed through the EyeTV menu.
You usually use the assistant when setting up the device, but now and again I find it useful to “reset” the EyeTV settings, or when Freeview require a re-tune.
Going to the Auto-Tune TV Channels screen of the assistant, I clicked Auto-Tune and let the assistant do its job.
This worked and I could see the channel information for the BBC channels in the EPG.