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February 06, 2005

EyeTV Wonder USB 2 delayed

The second piece to my Mac mini as personal video recorder (PVR) is to be the EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0, the new, $149 hardware/software tuner and scheduler from Elgato Systems.

It's basically a rebranded ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 with Elgato software, and was introduced at Macworld in January with an expected ship date of the end of January.

I ordered one the night I ordered my Mac mini, and e-mailed last week when I didn't see an update or product, and got an e-mail back reporting that the product has been delayed a couple of weeks, with shipping now expected on February 18. The e-mail cites shipping delays and coordination with system 10.3.8 as contributing to the delay.

I'm very curious to see if a standard ATI TV Wonder USB 2 will work with the revised Elgato software. You can find the ATI for $99, and the current Elgato software understands all of Elgato's devices. It seems like that would be the same with the Wonder. And I can't imagine that ATI is going to manufacture a whole run of these puppies with firmware changes so that Elgato has a version whose hardware can be distinguished from the PC version.

By the way, the mini is here; lots more soon.

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I have attempted to attach my ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 to my new Mac Mini. The system profiler shows the device but ElGato's latest software does not recognize the device. If I have the option to use it on the Mac then Irefuse to use ATI's product on my pc with their software. Anyone have any other luck trying to use the PC version on the Mac?

Posted by: Frank MacCloud at Feb 17, 2005 1:53:55 PM

new version of eyetv software out that adds support for the usb 2.0 pvr, anyone care to try w/ ati tv wonder 2.0?

Posted by: eric at Mar 2, 2005 12:08:15 PM