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Elgato release Macbook Air-friendly HDTV tuner

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 8th 2008 1:28PM
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So you want one of those newfangled TV tuner dongles that will let you watch HDTV on your laptop, but you've got a Macbook Air with a funny USB port that makes it tough to plug in most standard USB devices? No problem. Elgato's new EyeTV DTT Deluxe tuner sports a new ultra-thin design and fits into the low profile Macbook Air USB port.

The EyeTV DTT Deluxe is a digital-only tuner, which means you cannot use it to pick up analog signals. At the moment it's only available in Europe, which means you can grab DVB-T or Freeview signals. No word on a US launch date. The European version will set you back about €79.95 or £69.95.

[via Gizmodo]

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Equinox launches USB TV tuner for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 25th 2008 12:58PM
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In the market for a Mac-friendly USB TV tuner? Up until recently the market's been pretty much cornered by Elgato and Miglia. But last year Hauppauge announced that some of its popular TV tuners for PC were now Mac compatible. Or if none of those tuners are doing it for you, check out the new TubeStick hybrid from Equinox.

This $129 tuner can handle NTSC, ATSC, and ClearQAM signals. In layman's terms, that means you can plug in an analog cable, a digital antenna for over the air HDTV, or user the tuner to decode unencrypted HD cable channels.

The TubeStick hybrid comes with a portable antenna for watching over the air programs on the go, but we'd recommend spending a few bucks on a higher quality antenna if you plan to use this tuner at home. The tuner is also compatible with Windows.

[via Engadget]

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Elgato adds ClearQAM support to TV tuners

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 17th 2008 12:57PM
Elgato EyeTV HybridElgato apparently had a bit more up its sleeve this week than we thought. The company announced the launch of EyeTV 3 at Macworld the other day. But Elgato also upgraded its line of EyeTV hardware to add ClearQAM support for viewing and recording unencrypted HD programming.

The EyeTV Hybrid and the EyeTV 250 Plus TV are both getting the upgrade treatment. The prices haven't changed. The Hybrid still sells for $150, while the 250 Plus TV, which includes a hardware encoder to reduce your video file size, goes for $200.

Unfortunately the update is not available to existing users via a software update.

[via EngadgetHD]

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Elgato releases EyeTV 3 PVR software for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 16th 2008 8:03AM

As expected, Elgato has release an updated version of the company's popular PVR software for OS X. EyeTV 3 includes a vastly improved electronic program guide, with support for tasks like scheduling "Season Pass" style recordings. I was actually kind of surprised to find out that there previously was no good way to set a recording for an entire season of a television program, so it's good to see that EyeTV for Mac includes a feature that most Windows and Linux PVR programs have offered for ages.

There have also been improvements to EyeTV's 10-foot interface, as you can see in the video above, from our friends at TUAW. Here are just a few of the other goodies packed into EyeTV 3:
  • Improvements in the Program Window make it easier to find and manage your media
  • Full-text search of the program guide
  • Save your guide search criteria
  • Create Smart Playlists
  • Share recorded programs over the home network
  • Improved on-screen menus
  • Stream videos over WiFi to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or other computer on the home network
EyeTV 3 is available for purchase now. A full version of the software will set you back $80, while existing users can upgrade for half that price.

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XHub Media Center 2.3 for Mac now works with Leopard

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 30th 2007 5:01PM
xhubEarlier this month SNARB.TK released an updated version of XHub Media Center for OS X. It boasted enhanced photo and TV modules, better remote controls ,and new animations. But it was missing one crucial update that you would have thought would be kind of important for any Mac software released this month: Leopard support.

Now XHub 2.3 is out, and it includes support for Mac OS X 10.5. Otherwise, XHub 2.3 looks an awful lot like XHub 2.2. Not that this is a bad thing. The $25 software package does a great job of turning your Mac into a full fledged media center, something you can't really say for Front Row or even Elgato's EyeTV software.

XHub includes support for EyeTV for watching and recording TV programs. There are also modules for listening to music, watching DVDs and other movies, and accessing online media like RSS feeds, and radio streams.

XHub Media Center 2.3 is a free upgrade for existing users.

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SageTV 6.3.1 beta adds some much-needed hardware support

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 9th 2007 2:57PM
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SageTV has released a new beta of its PVR/place-shifting software for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Windows Home Server. I'm pretty sure that list of supported systems makes SageTV the most cross-platform software based personal video recorder on the market today.

There are a bunch of tweaks and bug fixes in SageTV 6.3.1. But probably the most exciting bits include hardware support. While SageTV has been supporting Mac OS X since this summer, the Mac client only supported two Hauppauge TV tuner cards. The update adds support for the popular ElGato EyeTV Hybrid and Hauppauge HVR-950 tuners. There's also Mac support for the HDHomeRun networked HDTV tuner.

It looks like SageTV has also built in support for the company's upcoming STX-HD100 Media Extender, which will do for SageTV what other media center extenders do for Windows Media Center. In other words, you'll be able to put the box next to television sets throughout your house, connect them to the home network and access live and recorded TV and all the other content stored on your main media center PC.

[via Brent Evans]

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What's in store for Elgato EyeTV 3? - VIDEO

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 7th 2007 2:03PM

I got a chance to check out Elgato's EyeTV 2.5.1 last night, and it looks pretty sweet. The Leopard integration is slick, and cover flow for recorded programs looks awesome, as you can tell from the video above.

As I pointed out last week, you can also share videos with friends over iChat and play back videos using Leopard's new Spaces feature.

But one thing I hadn't realized about EyeTV is that the electronic program guide is practically non-existent. Without a doubt, EyeTV is the most popular PVR application for the Mac. But it's missing a feature that's found in pretty much every Windows, Linux, or set top box-based PVR: the ability to record every new episode of a TV series. Right now you can't create a "season pass" for, say, The Simpsons. You have to search for individual episodes and schedule recordings.

That's something the Elgato folks say they plan to address in version 3.0. There are also plans to add place-shifting. Right now you can stream video from your Mac to other devices on your home network. If you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch, for example, you can watch movies over WiFi. But right now there's no way to watch live or recorded TV over the internet with EyeTV. For that, you'd need a Slingbox or other place-shifting piece of hardware.

With EyeTV 2.5.1 fresh out the door, nobody's saying how long it will be before we see EyeTV 3.0. But it looks like the next major release will make EyeTV a killer app. You know, if you have a Mac and a TV tuner.

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Elgato EyeTV 2.5.1 adds Leopard support

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 31st 2007 7:01PM
Elgato EyeTV 2.5.1Elgato has released an updated version of its EyeTV personal video software for Mac OS X. EyeTV 2.5.1 is compatible with Leopard, the updated Apple operating system released this week. But compatible is probably an understatement. Here are a few of the changes:
  • Quick Look: Cover flow support, and the ability to preview the contents of recordings in Finder. If Wi-Fi access is enabled, you can even play back reduced resolution videos in Finder.
  • iChat Theater: Share videos over iChat
  • Spaces: Set up EyeTV's player window to play back in every space.
The update also includes several bug fixes and support for new TV tuner hardware.

[via tuaw]

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Elgato EyeTV updated to support iPhone and iPod touch

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 24th 2007 4:00PM
Elgato EyeTVElgato has announced an update to the popular EyeTV PVR software for Mac. EyeTV 2.5 includes support for streaming recorded television shows to internet connected devices including the iPhone and iPod Touch.

EyeTV 2.5 sets up a web server on your computer which you can access using Safari on your mobile device. You can browser stored recordings and playlists and stream shows to your iPhone or iPod.

You can also export recorded programs to your iPod/iPhone. The update also includes improved H.264 HDTV playback and the ability to record from a live buffer. That means if you've been watching a show for a few minutes, you can click record to save the show starting from when you began watching.

EyeTV 2.5 is a free upgrade for existing users. New customers will have to find $80 in their couch cushions.

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Elgato releases EyeTV 250 Plus HDTV tuner for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Aug 17th 2007 8:01AM
Elgato EyeTV 250 PlusElgato has released the latest in its line of TV tuners for Mac. The EyeTV 250 Plus is a USB 2.0 HDTV tuner, although you can also use the $200 box as a standard def tuner should the need arise.

There was a time when Elgato and Miglia were pretty much the only game in town for Mac users looking to add TV tuners and PVR functionality to their computers. But a few months back, Hauppauge announced that its popular PC TV tuners were now Mac compatible. So should we read anything into the fact that Elgato is calling this new tuner the EyeTV 250? After all, one of the most popular Hauppauge cards is the WinTV PVR-250.

Name recognition issues aside, the EyeTV 250 Plus looks like a pretty good deal. For your money, you get the TV tuner, Elgato's PVR software, and Roxio Toast 8 Basic for burning CDs and DVDs.

[via Macworld]

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How to watch unencrypted HDTV on a Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 24th 2007 4:08PM
HDHomeRun for Mac
SilconDust's HDHomeRun now works with EyeTV. In a nutshell that means you can use the box as a tuner for recording over the air or unencrypted (QAM) HDTV signals on a Mac using Elgato's EyeTV software.

The coolest thing about the HDHomeRun is that you can connect the box to your home network using an ethernet cable and you can share the TV tuner among any computer on your network. That means you can record or watch live programming on the PC in the office or the Mac in your bedroom.

If you don't feel like shelling out the cash for a copy of EyeTV, you might want to check out HDhomerunner. A HDHomeRun user is developing his own Mac-based frontend for controlling the box.

[via Brent Evans]

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Hauppauge TV tuners now work with Mac EyeTV software

by Brad Linder, posted May 23rd 2007 6:00PM
Hauppauge WinTV HVR-950Hauppauge has announced that its TV tuner products are now compatible with Macintosh computers running Elgato's EyeTV software.

I've been using Hauppauge tuners in my PC for years now, and I have to say their WinTV PVR-150 standard definition tuner and their hybrid WinTV HVR-1600 SD/HD tuner are workhorses. While those are both PCI tuners, it looks like it will be Hauppauge's newer USB sticks that will work with Macs.

The WinTV Nova-T, Nova-TD, HVR-900 and HVR-950 sticks are all supported. While the number of TV tuners for Macs has risen in the past few years, it's nice to see Hauppauge give some love toward the Apple crowd.

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EyeTV 2.4 adds AppleTV support

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 18th 2007 6:01PM
EyeTV AppleTVEglato has released EyeTV 2.4, the latest version of their personal video recorder software for OS X. Version 2.4 adds support for exporting recordings to AppleTV with one click.

The update also includes support for satellite TV listings using TitantTV, Spanish and Italian language versions, and a progress bar that shows electronic program guide updates.

There's also support for spotlight search, letting you search for programs by using titles or descriptions.

EyeTV 2.4 is a free update for 2.x users.

[via Macworld]

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Miglia announces TVMax+ tuner (without EyeTV software)

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 16th 2007 2:11PM
Miglia TVMax+Just days after news broke that Miglia will no longer be allowed to offer Elgato's EyeTV software, Miglia's busting out a new TV tuner/media hub for Mac users.

The Miglia TVMax+ includes a TV tuner and the ability to record programs in a variety of MPEG-4 formats, including H.264 and DivX. There are also RCA, coaxial, RCA, and S-video inputs for capturing video.

It looks like Miglia's bundled its own software to replace EyeTV, with support for electronic program guides from tvtv and TitanTV.

[via MacDailyNews]

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Elgato pulls Miglia's EyeTV license

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 12th 2007 7:21PM
MigliaTVMini HD+It looks like there's some bad blood between Elgato and Miglia. The software company behind the popular EyeTV Mac-based PVR software said Monday that Miglia would no longer be authorized to bundle EyeTV with Miglia TV tuner devices.

No reason has been given for the announcement, but Miglia said it would put out a press release Tuesday.

This is bad news for Mac users, but it also seems like a bad idea for Elgato. Miglia is one of the largest companies producing TV tuners for the Mac, and without a TV tuner, customers have no real use for PVR software. It's possible that Elgato is preparing to announce a partnership with another company, or even to launch its own brand of tuners.

Elgato says customers who have already purchased Miglia tuners with EyeTV software will continue to receive support.

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