updated 11:30 am EST, Thu January 17, 2008
EyeTV 3 advanced features
El Gato's EyeTV 3 software vastly improves the company's hardware analogue video converters, adding remote programmability, as well as many other advanced features. The software can be configured through a local or wide area network connection, allowing users to record television content without requiring direct access. The upgrade to EyeTV 3 costs $40, and is included with all new products. New licenses are priced at $80. [corrected]
Users of Cover Flow and Front Row will find familiar interfaces in EyeTV 3, allowing the user to record, search through, and play back video material efficiently. The Front Row-like interface can be controlled entirely using the included remote.
A TiVo-stye programming guide interface allows users to search for their favorite programs, but is not available in some ares. Some users, such as those in Canada, can use an open-source scheduler, according to staff showing the product.
Video can be automatically converted for iPods, with a checkbox in the options panel enabling users to convert video to 3GPP format for use on a cell phone or other portable media device. Captured footage can also be optimized for streaming over wireless network connections.