Elgato announces UPnP™ AV Media Streaming Software for the Macintosh

EyeConnect Streams Macintosh Digital Content to UPnP™ AV Media Players

Macworld Expo/San Francisco, CA – January 11, 2005 – Elgato Systems, creators of award-winning hardware and software for the Macintosh, today announced EyeConnect, the Macintosh market’s first commercially available media streaming software based on Universal Plug and Play™ Audio/Video standard (UPnP™ AV). EyeConnect enables digital music, video, or photo content, including EyeTV recordings, iPhotos™, iTunes® and movies stored on a Macintosh, to be played on a broad variety of UPnP™ AV certified devices.

UPnP™ AV is a broadly accepted industry standard that enables digital content to be identified, managed, and distributed across multiple devices. It is supported by a wide range of consumer electronics companies including major players like D-Link, HP, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sony and many more. A Public Beta version of the EyeConnect Software will be available for download at www.elgato.com in February 2005.

Elgato's EyeConnect media streaming software addresses a rapidly growing market for home networking. Industry analysts predict that 52 percent of U.S. online households and 47 percent of European broadband households will deploy home networks by 2008. A recent study of the Asia Pacific region suggests that home networking will grow in proportion with the number of broadband households.

“With EyeConnect software, anyone can turn their Macintosh into a digital media center, opening up a whole new way of enjoying digital entertainment throughout the home”, said Freddie Geier, CEO Elgato Systems. “People can use EyeConnect software to watch EyeTV recordings or movies on a big-screen television, to display organized albums of digital photographs on an electronic picture frame, or to play their iTunes music collection and MP3s on a Dolby Digital audio system.”

What is UPnP™ AV technology?

UPnP™ AV (Universal Plug ‘n Play) technology is an open networking architecture that employs TCP/IP and other Internet technologies for a seamless flow of digital content through a home. UPnP™ AV products work easily with each other and do not require complex configuration. EyeConnect supports the growing number of brand name digital media devices certified for UPnP™ AV.

EyeConnect – Mac Entertainment unleashed

With EyeConnect software, Mac users can effortlessly manage the wired or wireless streaming of stored multimedia content to multiple devices in a connected home environment. EyeConnect automatically determines the digital media formats supported by the UPnP™ AV certified device, which typically include MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. As an added benefit, the content remains organized as found in the user’s Macintosh library.

Elgato's EyeConnect software supports device authentication and an advanced plug-in architecture that enables third-party developers to provide additional streaming content. An EyeConnect Plug-in SDK is also available, allowing third parties to develop add on software. Visit http://www.elgato.com for details. Elgato Systems is a member of the Digital Living Network Association (DLNA), the Intel Developer Network for the Digital Home and the UPnP Forum.

System Requirements:

A Macintosh computer with minimum PowerPC® G4 500MHz or G5 processor; Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended). Wireless Network or Ethernet Network required.

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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