Elgato announces major software updates for EyeTV and EyeHome

EyeTV 1.6 now available with new export functionality. EyeHome 1.5 now available with enhanced usability and new design. New pricing for EyeHome and EyeTV.

Apple Expo - Paris, August 31st, 2004 - Elgato Systems today announced major software updates for the EyeTV digital video recorder and EyeHome digital media player. The updates enhance functions in the previous versions and add new export functionality. The new version of EyeTV allows users to export in iMovie®, iDVD® and DVD Studio Pro® formats making it easier to edit professional quality recordings. The EyeTV 1.6 upgrade is available now as a free download on the Elgato website www.elgato.com.

The usability and navigation of EyeHome are significantly enhanced by the update to 1.5. Elgato has also updated the EyeHome graphical interface with a fresh, new design.

"With today's releases we deliver some of the most frequently requested features to our customers", said Markus Fest, Elgato's CTO. "We're especially proud to make many advanced features also available to EyeTV USB users with this update. This demonstrates our strong commitment to improve our products and serve the needs of the EyeTV community".

New pricing for EyeHome and EyeTV

Elgato further announced new pricing for the award winning EyeHome and EyeTV effective today:

  • EyeHome - 249,00 EUROS
  • EyeTV 200 - 379,00 EUROS
  • EyeTV 300 - 279,00 EUROS
  • EyeTV 310 - 309,00 EUROS
  • EyeTV 400 - 279,00 EUROS

New features at a glance

EyeTV 1.6 software update
New features available today include:

  • The following export formats for your EyeTV content:
    • iMovie and iDVD (DV format)
    • Direct use in DVD Studio Pro (Elementary Streams)
    • Toast (MPEG program stream)
    • Web and Email (MPEG-4)
  • Support of closed captioning in North America (EyeTV 200 only)
  • Signal strength indicator for all digital television products (EyeTV 300/310/400/500)
  • Support for Dolby 5.1 surround sound on the Power Mac G5
  • Dolby-certified AC3 audio decoder included
  • Reduced CPU use during playback on machines that support Apple’s Quartz Extreme™ technology

The EyeTV 1.6 software update requires a Macintosh PowerPC® G4 minimum 500Mhz.

EyeHome 1.5 software update
New features available today include:

  • Enhanced navigation including a popup window containing information about the currently displayed video or song
  • Localization to French and German
  • Use iPhoto to choose your own slideshow during playback of iTunes music with iPhoto
  • Improved DivX® support including DivX® 3.x and DivX® 4
  • Support of the Ogg Vorbis audio format
  • Playback of pictures and aliases directly from the "Pictures" folder
  • Photo transition while watching a slideshow from top to bottom.

About Elgato Systems

Elgato Systems creates award-winning products that enable customers to watch, record, edit and share video and TV within the digital home. The highly acclaimed EyeTV series is the world leader in digital TV recording and High Definition TV for the Mac. EyeConnect is the premier solution for streaming Mac content to networked media players in the home.

Founded in 1992 by Dr. Markus Fest, the inventor of Toast® CD recording software, Elgato is a privately held company with headquarters in Munich, Germany and a US subsidiary in San Francisco, California. www.elgato.com

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For further information please contact:

Lars Felber
Elgato Systems

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