updated 08:15 am EDT, Tue July 19, 2005
Pocket-size digital TV
Elgato Systems today announced that its EyeTV software now supports a USB 2.0 digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver designed for international use. The new recorder is a compact device that does not require an external power supply and is designed for home use and travel," according to the company. EyeTV for DTT enables Mac users to watch and record unencrypted, high-quality DTT. Users can pause live programming and repeat individual scenes as well as record shows and burn DVDs, export to other formats such as H.264, transfer to mobile devices like Sony PlayStation Portable, or send to iTunes as an AAC file. EyeTV also supports multiple audio tracks as well as Dolby Digital.
The EyeTV for DTT's receiver is a Macintosh optimized version of the Cinergy T by TerraTec, a successful product on the PC market. Elgato says that the EyeTV for DTT receiver incorporates the "classic industrial design expected of Macintosh-compatible products." Portability is made possible via a miniature DTT antenna. While EyeTV for DTT works anywhere DTT is available, theminiature antenna is primarily intended for use in areas where DTT broadcasting stations emit enough power for mobile DTT reception, according to a statement on the company's website.
It is now available for €150. Users who already own a Cinergy T receiver device can buy a license for EyeTV software for $80 via the El Gato website. It includes a one-year subscription to tvtv for realtime information, including title, rating, genre, starting time and duration.
"Our strategy is to offer consumers as much choice as possible", said Elgato CEO, Freddie Geier. "It is now possible to buy an EyeTV software license for the Cinergy T" device as well as for other hardware like the Plextor ConvertX and more to come. We've proven that EyeTV is the best TV viewing and recording software available for the Mac. Now we're determined for it to be compatible with all of the best hardware too".
The DTT digital TV receiver requires a 500MHz G4-based Mac with a USB 2.0 port running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.2. CD/DVD burning requires Toast 6 Titanium (not included).