The Tube
The Tube
2.11.2

1.8

The Tube free download for Mac

The Tube

2.11.2
26 July 2012

Watch, timeshift live TV.

Overview

The Tube is the innovative and most modern TV solution for Mac users. Watch live television with the USB TV receiver TubeStick, pause running shows (Timeshift), go through the TV listings in the electronic program guide (EPG) and schedule recordings. With its TubeToGo webservice, The Tube lets you watch, manage and schedule recordings with your iPhone or iPod touch online on the go. The Tube is the only TV application with TubeTalk live-chat and a lot of other community features.

What's new in The Tube

Version 2.11.2:
  • This update adds support for the new Gatekeeper security feature in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • Enjoy watching TV with The Tube & OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!

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Maclornebeyn
17 May 2010

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I recently bought a Hauppauge USB stick that was bundled with TheTube and I deeply regret not having checked on the software first. Of all video/TV solutions I have used so far (which are quite a few) this is the worst. First of all, the software needs to be registered and activated online and is bound to a single hardware - if you want to use the software on another machine, you have to deactivate it for the current hardware first and activate it again on the other computer. This might be acceptable for a PCI card, but for a portable solution (what USB is usually supposed to be) this is nothing but a joke. Then the format of the recordings is more than proprietary - I have not found a single software except TheTube itself that can handle it. To export a recording to a usable format, you are forced to use one of only a handful of presets (e.g. for preparing videos to be watched on a computer with a decent screen size, there are only "Best Quality", "Smallest Size" and "Fastest Export"), none of them are explained anywhere in detail, none of them give any hint what the final video might look like or what size it will approximately have. After choosing the "right" preset, you are presented a mask to edit every detail of the video's metadata, but you are not able to select the range of the video you actually want to export (let alone cut out pieces in the middle, e.g. commercials) which means you have to use a second software to cut the exported video down to the final length. With a probability of about 80% the export works flawlessly; if not, the resulting video is unusable, TheTube reports an "unknown error" or TheTube crashes. Although the software looks shiny and Mac-like, it is IMO not very intuitive to use: e.g. the EPG is a simple list of thousand of entries with only very limited options to sort and filter and the timeshift feature is almost unusable due to the infinitesimal controls and entire absence of keyboard shortcuts. Last but not least, TheTube tends to be not as stable as a Mac user expects from a software - on my MacPro it crashes approx. once a week, sometimes taking one or two scheduled recordings with it.
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Version 2.9.6
Mextex
19 January 2012
The GUI is really nice, but that's the only positive aspect about this. It crashes randomly in Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. Nothing changed. So if you like crashes, lousy customer support and any kind of trouble: this app should be your choice. The most annoying thing is that this app is spying your keychain: if you don't allow access to the keychain, the app is not working. To me Equinux is the black sheep of the mac community: never had such a bad user experience with any other app/ developer
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Version 2.10.2
hwgray
18 November 2011
Version 10.1 is not (yet?) available for download on Equinux's site. So, don't bother.
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Version 2.10.1
fnerg
27 March 2011
Terrible, terrible software. It crashes randomly, the export feature doesn't work at all, and doesn't give useful error messages.
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Version 2.9.7
Darealgreg
03 October 2010
This is the worst product I have ever bought. Save your money. It is a pain to set up. I have a cable box so I only need channel 3 and it was a night mare to set up. After recording 3 shows it no longer opens. I dumped the prefs and was able to re register and watch what was in my library, but it will no longer see a channel and crashes when I scan for them. There is no way of setting it to record every week so you must enter all recordings manually. I have tried to download the software and reinstall but they send me a stationary pack instead. I even tried to set up the recommended 3rd party TV guide that cost extra $, but it too failed. Also there is no fast forward or rewind other than clicking on a small bar wher you may jump any where from 2 min to 6 minutes with the shortest click. i just want my money back.
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Version 2.9.7
Maclornebeyn
17 May 2010
I recently bought a Hauppauge USB stick that was bundled with TheTube and I deeply regret not having checked on the software first. Of all video/TV solutions I have used so far (which are quite a few) this is the worst. First of all, the software needs to be registered and activated online and is bound to a single hardware - if you want to use the software on another machine, you have to deactivate it for the current hardware first and activate it again on the other computer. This might be acceptable for a PCI card, but for a portable solution (what USB is usually supposed to be) this is nothing but a joke. Then the format of the recordings is more than proprietary - I have not found a single software except TheTube itself that can handle it. To export a recording to a usable format, you are forced to use one of only a handful of presets (e.g. for preparing videos to be watched on a computer with a decent screen size, there are only "Best Quality", "Smallest Size" and "Fastest Export"), none of them are explained anywhere in detail, none of them give any hint what the final video might look like or what size it will approximately have. After choosing the "right" preset, you are presented a mask to edit every detail of the video's metadata, but you are not able to select the range of the video you actually want to export (let alone cut out pieces in the middle, e.g. commercials) which means you have to use a second software to cut the exported video down to the final length. With a probability of about 80% the export works flawlessly; if not, the resulting video is unusable, TheTube reports an "unknown error" or TheTube crashes. Although the software looks shiny and Mac-like, it is IMO not very intuitive to use: e.g. the EPG is a simple list of thousand of entries with only very limited options to sort and filter and the timeshift feature is almost unusable due to the infinitesimal controls and entire absence of keyboard shortcuts. Last but not least, TheTube tends to be not as stable as a Mac user expects from a software - on my MacPro it crashes approx. once a week, sometimes taking one or two scheduled recordings with it.
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Version 2.9.6
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Jeff-H-
Jeff-H-
05 September 2010
Can't agree with you more. This software is just TERRIBLE! Check EyeTV...one of the best pieces of software that I've ever used. Been using it for years and I can report a handful of times its had a hiccup.
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Version 2.9.7
Kenshin3it
23 April 2010
Poor channels research on Hauppauge WinTV900H. With previous version (2.9.5)it can find 12 channels on DVB-T(in Italy),now zero(version 2.9.6). i've tried all kind of research.
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Version 2.9.6
Jeff-H-
23 April 2010
Even though this has had s 4 star rating, MOST of the comments have been pretty terrible
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Version 2.9.6
Jeff-H-
23 April 2010
All I can say is EyeTV! Excellent software!
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Version 2.9.6
Werfblau
20 March 2010
It‘s more than a nightmare to try it - I didn't succeed at all to get a demo key. But I think, I don't need it anymore - I do not understand and accept at all, that an application insists on the first launch to be granted access to the keychain: For what the heck do they want to access password protected features of my system without proper request for it? This application stuck in an infinite loop requesting access to the keychain - which was not granted, of course!
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Version 2.9.5
Jeff-H-
08 January 2010
Trying to try this software again (absolute GLUTTON for pain I guess!). These guys make it an absolute friggin' nightmare to activate a demo...I think I just may scrap it and stay with eyetv!
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Version 2.9.5
$39.96

1.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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