I have to admit that I’ve not been a very active consumer of home entertainment consumer electronics. I’ve been watching and waiting as digital video recorder, high definition television and flat panel displays become standard fair among my friends and peers. Our VCR died earlier this summer and I we came pretty close to taking the Tivo plunge. But with the cost of the system and the monthly fees it did not make sense to put cash down. Last month’s wired magazine did a story on combo tuner and digital recorder for your computer. The best rated product was the eyeTV hybrid by elgato. I was intrigued and with the cost less than $140 it seemed like the tipping point was near. I made a quick stop at the Apple store (I get a discount through my job) to check it out. One time cost, pause live TV, full preview guide, no monthly fee for PVR, stores file in full and wifi optimized format for playback on our laptops. I’m still at the beginning of using it and I’m sure that I’ll find a few flaws. But so far I’m happy with how it works.