Tiny device lets you watch, record HDTV on Mac

Miglia Technology on Thursday announced TVMini HD, a device that lets you watch, pause, and record High Definition TV (HDTV) on your Mac. TVMini HD costs $249.

The device — exclusive to the North American market, something of a departure for this UK-based company — uses Elgato’s EyeTV software to interface with your Mac. It comes with a small antenna for watching free-to-air signals, as well as a remote control. It also works with free digital cable HD content (it doesn’t work with paid digital cable or satellite HD content, however).

The external box connects to a Mac using USB 2.0, which also powers it. It supports resolutions of up to 1080i (1920 x 1080 pixels), depending on the horsepower of your Mac — Miglia cautions that 1080i broadcasts require a dual G5 system. It also supports multilingual programs and Dolby Digital audio.

Because the TVMini HD uses EyeTV, you can take what you watch and archive it, export to video iPod and Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and schedule programs to watch and record using TitanTV, an electronic program guide service.

System requirements call for USB 2.0, G4/500MHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.4. It’s available now.

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