Eskape Labs, the folks who supply USB television receivers and capture solutions for Macs, plan to move all its products to Mac OS X. Eskape product plans call for native Mac OS X support by the close the fourth quarter for all current Mac TV tuner solutions. What’s more, all future products will be developed for Mac OS X, Eskape Labs announced at this week’s Macworld New York.
The company sees both performance and development benefits in moving to Mac OS X, according to Christopher Knight, Eskape Labs’ executive vice president. Apple’s confidence in shipping Mac OS X on the entire Apple product line ahead of schedule helped convince Eskape to make the operating system the goal on its roadmap.
“The nature of TV viewing on a computer is, for the most part ancillary,” Knight said in a statement. “TV in a window provides a peripheral companion just as leaving the TV on while attending other duties in the home. In this capacity other applications on the Mac desktop are the primary focus. As a true multi-tasking environment, Mac OS X provides a vastly better architecture for the multiple application nature of our TV products.”
Future applications from Eskape Labs will be fully Carbonized and architected under the Carbon development environment, he added. EskapeTV 2.0, the next revision of the company’s TV viewing and capture application will be the first of the company’s Mac OS X developments. Eskape Labs is providing the first public demonstration of EskapeTV 2.0 under Mac OS X at MWNY.
The company has also entered an agreement with Griffin Technology that will enable them to offer iMic to Eskape Labs’ customers at “substantial savings.” The company’s USB TV solutions have been designed to connect directly to external speakers or to an analog audio input on the Mac when audio/video capture is the intent. Griffin’s iMic provides a convenient and cost effective USB audio solution for Eskape customers wishing to use Macs with no analog audio input, Knight said.
“We’ve been seeking to bridge the analog/digital audio divide existing between the ‘My’ line and Apple’s newest portables,” Knight said. “With the iMic we’ve found it an affordable, fantastically simple USB analog to digital, audio line-in device that provides beautiful sound quality.”
All customers ordering any Eskape product online from the Eskape Web Store will be entitled to an immediate discount on the purchase of an iMic. For Eskape customers buying through standard channels, Eskape will make a rebate available with proof of purchase.