updated 09:15 am EST, Wed January 16, 2008
Elgato ships EyeTV 3
Pairing events for effect, Elgato is using the Macworld Expo to launch EyeTV 3, the newest version of its TV viewing software. The update includes a redesigned interface, with a programs window designed to match Mac OS X Leopard, and a sidebar on the left that displays functions hierarchically. Recordings can now be loaded through the list view, or else through a Cover Flow mode; when the player window is active, a timeline with playback controls is displayed. The translucent On-Screen Menu has also been redesigned, and mimics the interfaces of current set-top boxes.
A new search function has been added to the electronic program guide, letting users hunt shows by multiple criteria. That criteria can then be saved as a Smart Guide in the sidebar, and used to record certain shows automatically, with the option of deciding how many will be kept in the EyeTV Archives.
One of the most important changes is the expansion of networking options, so that Archive videos can now be shared with other users in a network, much like iTunes media. Wi-Fi Access has been expanded beyond the iPhone and iPod touch to include several other smartphones, and bandwidth can be throttled back to meet connection restrictions.
Miscellaneous changes include Smart Playlists, integration of the video editor into the player window, and the ability to save and restore channel scans. EyeTV 3 is available now for $80. The company tangentially mentions that it has updated its Hybrid and 250 Plus receivers, which can now decode unencrypted Clear QAM channels. The receivers cost $150 and $200.