updated 11:00 am EDT, Wed October 19, 2005
Eskape Labs has released , a new TV tuner and MPEG video encoder solution designed to work with the Mac. The USB 2.0-based PVR (personal video recorder) device offers a 125-channel cable-ready TV tuner and a full FM stereo radio tuner and it includes composite and S-Video inputs. The onboard MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video encoding offers a maximum frame rate (capture and play through) of 29.97fps for NTSC (720x480) and 25fps for PAL (720x576). Like all PVRs, users can instantly rewind/pause live TV and can playback video in full screen or via a resizable window. In addition, it leverages the internet Electronic Program Guide TitanTV to view and schedule TV programs. It includes a remote control transmitter, a wall mounted power supply, a one-meter USB cable, and a FM radio antenna. The $150 external solution, now available, requires a G4/500MHz Mac and Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later.