updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2005
Elgato Systems today officially released , a fully integrated media streaming software based on Universal Plug and Play Audio/Video (UPnP AV). EyeConnect enables digital music, video, or photo content, including EyeTV recordings, iPhotos and iTunes stored on a Macintosh, to be played on a broad variety of UPnP AV-certified devices throughout the home. EyeConnect supports all digital media formats and is capable of streaming slideshows, music and HDTV in full video quality with Dolby Digital sound. EyeConnect is available for $100 or as a free 30-day trial version.
"CES 2005 was bursting with announcements about new media players and devices that will revolutionize the media experience in the living room", says Freddie Geier, Elgato's CEO. " Elgato's EyeConnect media streaming software addresses this rapidly growing market for home networking. In the first four months of this year the market has already seen a broad range of consumer electronic brands announcing their UPnPtm AV solutions. We want to give the Mac community the freedom of choice for their favorite living room equipment."
Usiing EyeConnect, Mac users can manage the wired or wireless streaming of stored multimedia content to multiple devices in a connected home environment. EyeConnect automatically determines the digital media formats supported by the UPnP AV-certified device and supports multiple formats, including MP3, AAC, JPG MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, etc. The software allows the content to be organized as found in the user's Macintosh library. In addition, EyeConnect supports HDTV content as well as Dolby Digital.
EyeConnect works with all UPnP AV devices and was tested successfully with several products, including Philips Streamium (SL300i, SL400i and MX6000i), Netgear MP115, D-Link DSM-320 MediaLounge, Buffalo LinkTheater PC-P3LWG/DVD, GoVideo D2730. These devices will support UPnP AV, the industry standard that enables digital content to be identified, managed, and distributed across multiple devices. The standard is supported by a wide range of consumer electronics companies including HP, Netgear, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.
The software requires a Mac computer with a PowerPC G4 running at 500MHz or G5 processor as well as Mac OS X (10.3/10.4). EyeConnect can stream audio and image as well as video formats.