I’ve been busy setting up the Mac Mini I bought for my parents, which included finding a TV solution so they can watch shows on Verizon FIOS. That meant finding a tuner that could control the cable box, and the only one with the ability to do that tailored for the Mac is the EyeTV HD by Elgato.
Which of course, is utterly incapable of transmitting closed captioning. For that to work I needed to use the set top box instead, and enable closed captioning from there.
Except that the set top box my parents use is really a digital adapter, just a basic component that provides access to all the subscribed channels they have without the extra features (such as the FIOS guide.) So I now have a digital adapter AND a EyeTV device that BOTH cannot display closed captioning.
99 percent of the TV devices in the world have closed captioning ability and somehow I manage to run into the one combination where it won’t work at ALL.
Fortunately my parents don’t really need it, but it would have been nice to have if say, one wanted to watch TV silently while the other was sleeping.
There really is no excuse for this crap either. Elgato must have figured, “Hey, let’s save a few dollars by omitting the chip used to display captioning, I mean this is gonna be used with set top boxes anyway, and since they all have closed captioning options, everybody wins!”
Didn’t really take digital adapters into account there did you Elgato?
Because it stands to reason not all us schmucks might want the footprint of a humongous set top box next to our computer, nor would we even deem it necessary if we opt for a PVR solution outside of what the cable company might offer.
But hey, as long as the hard of hearing represents a mere microcosm of the buying market, who gives a flying leap’s worth of elephant crap what they think, amirite, Elgato?