Elgato Presents EyeTV 250

TV Receiver/Recorder with Video Converter and Game Mode

Munich/San Francisco, March 31, 2006 - Elgato Systems is pleased to present the newest addition to the EyeTV product family: EyeTV 250, an ultra-compact, low priced TV receiver/recorder for analog TV. The EyeTV 250, about the size of the original iPod, takes its design cues from the Mac mini. EyeTV 250 contains a powerful hardware encoder that converts analog television signals into MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats. In addition to the television features, EyeTV 250 also offers advanced functionality to digitize VHS video tapes and to connect video game consoles to the Macintosh. The product will be available at the end of April for $199 or EUR 199 (including VAT).

EyeTV 250 ships with EyeTV 2 TV recording software, which enables users to watch, record, pause, and replay television on the Macintosh. Recorded programs can be exported to 5th generation video iPods with one click, burned to DVDs with Toast 7 Titanium, and exported to many video formats such as H.264 or Sony PlayStation® Portable (PSP). The formats required by the Apple iLife®, Final Cut Pro, and DVD Studio Pro suite of applications are also supported. EyeTV 2 is a Universal application and runs on Macs with both PowerPC and Intel Core processors. EyeTV 2 has received numerous awards since its introduction in January, including "Best of Show" awards during Macworld 2006 from both Macworld and iLounge, as well as 5/5 Mice from MacUser.

Digitize Video Tapes, Connect Game Consoles

EyeTV 250 comes with an adapter cable which accepts Composite and S-Video connections from video sources such as video tape recorders, cable and satellite boxes, or game consoles. The EyeTV 2 software included with EyeTV 250 includes a user-friendly assistant which guides you through the few simple steps required to turn your video cassettes into DVDs of the best possible quality.

To turn EyeTV and your Mac into a monitor for a game console, Elgato provides a switchable "Game Mode" option for EyeTV 250. This option disables the hardware encoder, instead routing the uncompressed video signal directly to the Mac screen for zero latency game play.

Pricing and Availability

EyeTV 250 will be available at the end of April for $199 or EUR 199 (including VAT) in the Apple Store as well as through retail channels. It comes with EyeTV 2 software, PDF product manual, infrared remote control, USB cable, breakout video cable and power supply with adapter.

System Requirements:

  • Macintosh® computer with a PowerPC® G4, G5 or Intel Core processor
  • 256 MB of physical RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • Built-in USB port (USB 2.0 required for highest capture quality setting and Game Mode)
  • Mac OS X v10.4 or later.
  • 600 MB of disk space required for one hour of recorded TV (Video CD setting)
  • An Internet connection is required to use the optional Electronic Program Guide (EPG). The EPG is powered by tvtv in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium and France, and by TitanTV in the USA.
  • A CD/DVD recorder and Toast 7 Titanium software (not included) are required to create DVDs, SVCDs or Video CDs (optional)

Press contacts:
Lars Felber

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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