EyeTV developer yanks license from Miglia

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Elgato Systems announced Monday that it has “terminated the licensing agreement” between itself and Miglia Technology. With the agreement terminated, Miglia can no longer ship, sell or advertise TV tuner hardware bundled with EyeTV, according to Elgato.

EyeTV is Elgato’s Digital Video Recorder (DVR) software for Mac OS X. It enables devices such as Miglia’s to work with the Mac, viewing and recording television programs. Elgato also sells its own line of EyeTV-branded hardware interfaces that come bundled with the EyeTV software.

Miglia — a UK-based company that sells its products in Europe, North America and Asia — has a number of hardware devices that enable Mac users to capture over-the-air digital television broadcast signals, analog signals and so on. The company’s products include everything from HDTV-compatible devices to tiny USB receivers and more.

End users that have purchased hardware from Miglia already bundled with EyeTV can continue to count on Elgato for support, confirmed Lars Felber, Elgato spokesman. “It’s not the customer’s fault that the licensing agreement between Miglia and Elgato has ended,” said Felber.

Felber declined to comment further on Elgato’s decision to terminate its business relationship with Miglia.

Miglia’s CEO, Simon Ellson, confirmed the news in a statement released on Tuesday. They indicated that customers should not be concerned about ongoing updates and support for EyeTV, and suggested that users keep checking back with the Miglia Web sit for support.

“Miglia has, over recent years developed possibly the broadest line of TV devices available for the Mac platform,” said Ellson. “These products are not simply rebranded from the Windows space, they are created packaged and designed for the Mac, that development work continues with many new and exciting products due for release in the next year. From time to time we have chosen to bundle other manufacturers software with our own hardware where it has been appropriate, this policy will continue.”

Editor’s note: Updated at 11:30 on March 13th with comments from Miglia.

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