Eskape Labs on Wednesday introduced myTV.PVR, a software and hardware solution that enables Mac owners to watch and record TV on their computers. The external, USB 2.0-based hardware unit includes a built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder while the software allows users to watch live TV in a window or in full-screen mode, pause a broadcast or watch a replay of something that just happened, and schedule recordings on a daily, weekly or once-only basis.
Support for Titan TV, the Internet electronic program guide, ensures that programs are recorded at the correct time. The hardware also features composite/S-Video and stereo audio inputs for connecting to cable or satellite TV boxes, VCRs, camcorders or DVD players.
Pricing is US$149. The kit includes a remote control, power supply, USB cable, FM radio antenna and CD loaded with the appropriate software. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.8, a 500MHz G4 processor (900MHz G4 recommended), 256MB RAM, 3GB hard drive space, a video card that supports Quartz Extreme and a factory-installed USB port.