Elgato Systems has announced a new portable device for watching free-to-view digital TV on a Mac.

The USB 2.0 digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver (the EyeTV for DTT digital TV) lets Mac users watch and record unencrypted, high-quality free-to-air digital channels. Functionality includes the capacity to pause live programming and repeat individual scenes.

Recorded shows can easily be burned on DVD, exported to other formats such as H.264, transferred to mobile devices or sent to iTunes as an AAC file. EyeTV also supports multiple audio tracks as well as Dolby Digital.

New support for other devices

The EyeTV for DTT receiver is a Mac-optimized version of the Cinergy T by TerraTec, a highly successful product on the PC market. It costs £99.

PC users who already own a Cinergy T receiver can also buy a license for EyeTV software so they can use the device on their Mac. The software costs $79 and is available online.

"Our strategy is to offer consumers as much choice as possible", said Elgato CEO, Freddie Geier. "It is now possible to buy an EyeTV software license for the Cinergy T device as well as for other hardware like the Plextor ConvertX and more to come. We've proven that EyeTV is the best TV viewing and recording software available for the Mac. Now we're determined for it to be compatible with all of the best hardware too".

System specifications include:

PowerPC G4 (500Mhz or faster) or G5 processor;
256MB of RAM (512MB recommended);
USB 2.0;
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X v10.4 (or later);
·2GB disk space per hour recorded program required;
A free, 12-month subscription to online TV guide tvtv is included. This is available in nine countries, including the UK, France and Germany;
CD/DVD burner and Toast 6 Titanium for creating Video CDs or DVDs.