Elgato offers Universal Binary update for EyeHome

The EyeHome is Elgato’s interface to enable you to watch digital media content hosted on your Mac through your home entertainment system. The software that controls it is now available as a Universal Binary that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

Distinctly different from Elgato’s popular EyeTV PVR devices, the EyeHome doesn’t record video to your Mac — instead, it gives you a way to play digital content already stored on your Mac back onto your home entertainment system. And not just video, either — music, photos and Web content, too. The EyeHome connects to your Mac or home network using a 10/100baseT Ethernet cable and links to your home entertainment system using composite, component and S-Video outputs and analog and optical digital audio outputs.

Software installed on the Mac lets you serve up movies, music and pictures. You can access your iTunes library, show movies in MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX format, even watch television shows you’ve recorded on your Mac using EyeTV. You can also surf the Web from your TV set.

In addition to Universal Binary support, EyeHome 1.8 also features a fix that enables it to work with iLife ‘06.

System requirements call for a G4/500MHz or faster and Mac OS X v10.4 or later. Elgato recommends Mac OS X v10.4.6 or later. EyeHome costs $199.

Elgato notes that this new update no longer supports using aliases to play back content stored on other drives. The company has posted a FAQ to explain what to do instead.

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