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XBMC for OS X gets a new name: Plex

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 7th 2008 4:03PM
PlexThe media center software suite formerly known as Xbox Media Center is now available for the Xbox, OS X computers, or pretty much any PC that's capable of running Windows or LInux. But the XBMC name still makes it sound like an application for the Xbox only. So the folks working on the OS X version decided to rebrand their port. Meet Plex.

The team plans to roll out a rebranded version over the next few days, and will set up domains at plex2.com, plexsquared.com and plexsquare.com. Plex.com, like most four letter domain names, was already taken. The new software will also get a new skin soon. In the meantime, all I can really show you is the new logo.See it? That's it in the corner.

[via Automated Home]

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AVerMedia to make TV tuners for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 10th 2008 2:52PM
AVerMedia TV tuner for Mac
AVerMedia has been making TV tuner cards for Windows computers for ages, but the company has yet to release a product that's compatible with Mac software and hardware. Now TG Daily reports that the company is preparing to enter the Apple peripheral market.

The upcoming USB TV tuner will be compatible with the Apple iRemote and comes bundled with software for playing and recording programs. It will support analog and DVB-T standards.

There's no word on how much the AVerMedia tuner wll cost, but it should be available during Q3 of 2008. It's likely that the company will try to keep the price low, since AVerMedia is known for making low-cost TV tuners for computers running Windows.

[via Electronista]

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Roxio issues Toast updates, fixes TiVo sync issues

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 1st 2008 9:01AM
Toast 9 TitaniumRoxio has released updated versions of its Toast Titanium 8 and 9 disc burning software for Mac OS X. Version 9.02 and 8.04 are available as free updates for existing users, while new customers can purchase Toast Titanium 9 for $80 after a $20 mail-in rebate.

Toast is more than just a CD/DVD burning utility. The application also supports HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and includes TiVoToGo software for OS X, which lets users transfer recordings from a TiVo to a computer. But Toast TiVoToGo users had reported that the audio and video were out of sync after transfer to a Mac. The update should fix that problem.

Version 9.02 also fixes some problems related to high definition video playback, and a problem that prevented Blu-Ray discs from playing properly on a PS3. Toast Titanium 8.02 also resolves a problem that prevented EyeTV recordings from showing up in the Media Browser.

[via Gizmo Lovers and The Mac Observer]

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XBMC 0.1 released for OS X

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 5th 2008 12:58PM
XMBC
The Xbox Media Center team has released the first beta version of XMBC for OS X. If that's a lot of abbreviations for you, let me break it down. Xbox Media Center started off as a software project to turn the original Xbox into a home media center. But over the past year or so, some of the project's developers have decided to port the excellent media center interface to other platforms, including Mac and Linux.

XBMC 0.1 for OS X is still an early release, as the name would suggest. But it already presents a full featured alternative to Front Row for anyone who wants to enjoy their movies, music, and image libraries while sitting more than two feet away from their computer.

[via TUAW]

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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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Xbox Media Center coming to Mac OS X?

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 4th 2008 12:57PM
Xbox Media Center
Once upon a time open source media center software Xbox Media Center (or XMBC) was designed to run on an Xbox. Makes sense, doesn't it? But the Xbox 360 is replacing the original Xbox, making the older gaming console a bit harder to find. And while the developers could focus all of their efforts on getting XMBC to run on the Xbox 360, it turns out the code can be ported to all sorts of other devices, including computers running Linux or Mac OS X.

Last year, a group of XBMC developers started working on a Linux port. And now one XBMC community member has begun creating a Mac port as a replacement for Apple's Front Row software. The software's not exactly stable just yet, and there's a good chance that if you try running it nothing will happen. But if you've got some programming chops, you could pitch in and help develop the Mac port. If not, you might just want to keep an eye on the project so you can try it out when a workable version is released.

[via tuaw]

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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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ATI announces TV Wonder 650 for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 14th 2007 12:01PM
ATI TV Wonder 650 for MacIt looks like the Mac is finally catching up to the PC when it comes to hardware support for TV tuner cards. Popular PC card maker Hauppauge is adding Mac compatibility, SageTV is broadening the number of TV tuners its Mac software supports, and now ATI is turning to the Mac as well.

ATI plans to release a version of its new TV Wonder 650 Combo USB tuner for OS X. The company just announced the PC version of this HDTV tuner last month.

The TV Wonder 650 Combo is a dual tuner box, with support for analog and HDTV signals. There's no CableCard support, but you can plug in an HDTV antenna and/or pick up unencrypted ClearQAM digital cable channels. ATI is also throwing in some tvPORTAL software which will let you schedule recordings and watch live and recorded TV.

The TV Wonder 650 Combo for Mac will set you back about $150, and should be available later this month.

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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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XHub Media Center 2.2 for Mac released

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 6th 2007 11:00AM
XHub Media Center 2.2If Apple's Front Row media center software just isn't doing it for you, there are plenty of alternative applications for enjoying your media in a full screen way. One of the more powerful Front Row alternatives, XHub Media Center has a new release out this week.

Version 2.2 sports enhanced TV and photos modules, improved remote controls, and new animations and other tweaks including a new search as you type feature.

You can use XHub to watch movies, play music, or view photo slideshows. It also supports EyeTV integration for watching live and recorded television programs.

XHub 2.2 is a free upgrade for existing customers. A full license costs $24.95.

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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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