London, UK-based Miglia Technology on Wednesday announced the release of version 2.4 updates to its AlchemyTV DVR and EvolutionTV software. The personal video recorder (PVR) solution for the Mac now allows your Mac to start up and shut down at predetermined times.
AlchemyTV DVR is a PCI-based expansion board you can install in a Power Mac. The device enables you to connect your Mac to an antenna, cable TV or satellite TV connection to record video to your Mac’s hard disk. The device supports QuickTime and can record using MPEG-4. EvolutionTV works similarly, but is a self-contained external box that uses USB 2.0, making it more suitable for Apple laptops, iMacs and eMacs — systems that don’t have PCI card expansion capabilities. AlchemyTV DVR costs US$159; EvolutionTV costs $279.
The new version of the software that drives these two devices enables your Macintosh to boot at a predetermined time, to allow the devices to record your TV shows. Then the software will make the Mac shut down afterwards. The software is a free download, available separately for AlchemyTV and EvolutionTV users.