Equinux TubeStick Hybrid with viewing over the net

Mat Lu
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Mat Lu
January 16th, 2008
Equinux TubeStick Hybrid with viewing over the net


On the same day as Elgato's EyeTV 3 was announced, equinux of MediaCentral fame has released their own hardware and software combination for turning your US-based Mac into a PVR; it's called TubeStick hybrid. The hardware is a USB dongle device similar to Elgato's EyeTV Hybrid that can handle analog cable and over the air broadcasts as well as digital HDTV ATSC and cable Clear QAM. The software does the standard recording and timeshifting, but of particular interesting is the TubeStickToGo service which will allow you to schedule recordings over the internet when you're away from home and then have those shows automatically uploaded to .Mac or an FTP server for remote viewing on your Mac, iPhone, or iPod touch. There's also an attempt at a Joost-like social viewing experience with TubeTalk that allows you to chat with other folks watching the same program on their Macs.

The TubeStick Hybrid and associated software will launch in February. Pricing is not yet available, but will apparently include a subscription for the TubeStickToGo service.. Already available is a TubeStick for DVB-T/DTT in Europe for €39.95.
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