Elgato Debuts EyeTV 250 TV Receiver/Recorder

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Elgato Systems has introduced EyeTV 250, a receiver/recorder that connects to analog TVs and offers the ability to connect videogame consoles to a Mac. Its hardware encoder can convert TV signals to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2, and it can also digitize VHS tapes.

It shops with EyeTV 2 recording software, for watching, recording, pausing and replaying live TV with a Macintosh computer. The application also enables conversion of programs to video iPod or PlayStation Portable formats, as well as burning DVDs with Toast 7 Titanium, DVD Studio Pro, or iDVD. Itis a Universal Binary that runs on G4, G5, or Intel Core Duo and Core Solo processors.

In addition, EyeTV 2 requires Mac OS X v10.4, 256MBN RAM (512MB recommended), a built-in USB port (USB 2.0 required for connecting q videogame console), 589MB of hard drive space per hour of recorded TV, and an Internet connection for using the optional electronic program guide. Pricing is US$199, and Elgato said it will ship EyeTV 2 at the end of April.

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