Elgato introduces EyeTV 610 (INT)

Elgato introduces the first DVB-C digital TV recorder for the Mac

MacExpo/London – November 18, 2004 – Elgato Systems today announced the release of the EyeTV 610, world's first digital TV recorder for DVB-C – the upcoming digital cable standard – for perfect digital cable television and PayTV on the Mac.

With the new EyeTV 610, Elgato offers the broadest selection within the entire industry for watching digital television, including the digital terrestrial TV standard in USA (ATSC) and for European and international markets digital Cable (DVB-C), digital Satellite (DVB-S) and digital terrestrial (DVB-T) standards. Digital Cable (DVB-C) is widely available in Europe and currently has a base of approximately 10 million households.

"With the new EyeTV 610 we have completed our comprehensive product range for watching digital TV on the Macintosh platform and offer cutting edge technology for the digital home. Growth is expected to remain strong as digital cable TV networks are constantly being upgraded to digital capacity", says Freddie Geier, Elgato's CEO. "Elgato has once again proven its innovative strength, bringing TV in all available standards to the Mac".

EyeTV 610 lets users watch, record and edit perfect PayTV and digital cable television (DVB-C) on the Mac. A subscription from a local digital cable provider is needed. Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) represents the future of television broadcasting, providing interference-free reception and stunning digital picture and sound quality. Automatically schedule when to record shows, edit out the unwanted content, and then burn your recording to DVD. With the combination of EyeTV and the online Electronic Program Guide users will never miss a show. EyeTV recordings can be exported into different video formats and further edited in iMovie®, iDVD™, Final Cut Pro®, Final Cut Express® or DVDStudio Pro®, for professional quality recordings.

EyeTV 610 includes a tuner for digital cable television (DVB-C). To receive digital cable an active digital cable TV subscription is required; to receive PayTV via EyeTV 610, users need a CAM (Common Access Module) and a PayTV subscription.

EyeTV 610 allows users to:

  • Watch television on their Mac.
  • Pause, rewind or fast forward through television as they are watching.
  • Record television to the Mac’s hard drive, creating an archive of their favorite shows or movies.
  • Program EyeTV through the manual control panel or Electronic Program Guide (EPG) from tvtv. Users can even program EyeTV remotely via the Internet.
  • Edit out unwanted content using EyeTV’s built-in editor, which easily identifies where programs and scenes start and stop.
  • Archive programs to DVD or VideoCD to play anywhere on most standard DVD players.

Pricing & Availability
EyeTV 610 is available for 329,00 EUROS in select retail stores on November 18, 2004, in countries where the DVB-C standard is supported. For a list of distributors, please visit www.elgato.com.

System Requirements
A Macintosh computer with minimum PowerPC® G4 500MHz or G5 processor and FireWire port; Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher (Mac OS X v10.3.5 Panther recommended); 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended); approximately 2GB of hard disk space per hour of recorded TV, a CD/DVD recorder and Toast 6 Titanium software (not included) are required to create DVDs or VideoCDs (optional), digital cable subscription; for PayTV, a CAM (Conditional Access Module) and a subscription from your desired service provider are required (both not included). The digital cable TV reception and the digital cable TV variety is different for each country. Please check with your cable TV provider which TV programming is available digitally. With EyeTV 610 you can only receive digital cable TV. EyeTV’s optional Electronic Program Guide, available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and in the UK.

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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