2.9.3 Update to THETUBE from Equinux

Equinux keeps updates coming! Today Version 2.9.3 of THE TUBE PVR software was released with the following fixes-additions of note:

Changes in The Tube Version 2.9.3
– Tuning has been improved drastically. We recommend running "File ! Search Channels..." again
– Now supports Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick 70e, Terratec Cinergy T USB XXS
– Now supports the new EyeTV DTT (introduced August 08) and EyeTV DTT Deluxe
– DVB-T / DTT problems with older EyeTV hybrid devices have been solved
– The EPG - Program Guide update dialog window no longer reappears if you select "not now".
– Changed timer for EPG update to 15 secs
– Fixed an issue where attaching a device might interrupt playback of recordings

Version 2.9.3's installer also includes links to download their LIVE TV iPhone app and TUBE TO GO.

Equinux "LIVE TV" iPhone Video Streaming

A December press release talks-up the soon-to-be-available new iPhone app "Live TV" takes Equinux's TubeStick and TheTube software to the next level of innovation. The free iPhone app "Live TV", is designed to let you watch live TV on your iPhone over your local WiFi netowrk. "Live TV" will show the TV channels The Tube receives on your computer. The Live TV interface let's the user choose and watch available channels directly on their iPhone.

Combined with recent price-cuts to the TubeStick Hybrid TV Tuner for Mac and PC, Equinux is proving to be a worthy and aggressive competitor against ElGato and it's EyeTV line. And more choice for Mac TV lovers is a good thing. On Tues Dec 23 - an updated The Tube software v2.9.1 was released and is now available for download at http://www.equinux.com

Equinux Updates TheTube to Version 2.9

Of all the items below listed as new in the latest v.2.9 update of THETUBE, I find the Compatibility with Elgato's EyeTV Hybrid to be most interesting. Beyond support for their own TubeStick Hybrid TV Tuner for Mac and PC - I'm glad to see Equinux 'stepping on ElGato's toes' by having TheTube support their competitor's hardware - something ElGato has long done with its support of many 3rd party tuners.

Note the EyeTV and Hauppauge units are basically variations of the same OEM hardware using an EMPIA 28xx chipset. By and large only the exterior casing is different. So, broader support of Tuner hardware in more recent TheTube updates is a big plus: Many new Mac users are PC switchers - and software like this will help some Windows users continue to use their old TV tuners on their new Mac. However, support for Hauppauge WinTV-950 series is still missing.

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.9 of The Tube:

TubeGuide US with detailed TV listings
IceTV integration
Extended Compatibility with TubeStick
Compatibility with Hauppauge Nova-TD
Compatibility with Hauppauge HVR-900
Compatibility with Elgato EyeTV Hybrid*
(*website has some conflicting info implying older Non-QAM, but not support for newer EyeTV Hybrids w/QAM
Accelerated channel search by filtering encrypted channels
Better scanning performance
Intelligent matching of channel names
TV guides can now be configured in preferences
Support for logical channel numbers in UK and Australia
Hauppauge HVR-900H: Audio is no longer muted in France and US
AppleScript support for logical channel numbers
Added support for daylight savings time
TV Image is not blocked anymore when updating EPG
When scheduling manual recordings, channels won't be mixed up


Digittrade DVB-T Stick USB Stick
Digitus DVB-T Digital USB
EyeTV Hybrid (*prior to August 2008)
Freecom DVB-T USB Stick
Hauppauge myTV.t
Hauppauge Nova-TD
Hauppauge Nova-T (EyeTV DTT/DVB-T)
Hauppauge HVR 900
Hauppauge HVR 900H
Miglia TVMini
Miglia TVMini HD
Miglia TV Mini Express
Miglia TVMini2 Express
Miglia TVBook Pro Express
Miglia TVMicro
Miglia TVMicro Express
MSI Technology Digivox mini Mac
MSI Technology Digivox mini III
Terratec Cinergy T2
Twinhan DTV Alpha

TheTube US Channel Guide For USA Announced

Equinux US EPG Program Guide
Finally... Equinux has announced a real solution to providing a Channel Guide in the USA for purchasers of it's TubeStick Hybrid+ and bundled TheTube v2.9 software. For those who buy a NEW Tube-Stick a FREE year's subscription will be bundled. But a $20 annual subscription renewal cost will eventually affect everyone. Earlier efforts by Equinux to support the XMLTV standard to access listings proved just TOO GEEKY for - well just about anyone who simply read what was involved. As such it was one step short to match features with ElGato's EyeTV - which includes the FREE Titan-TV channel guide simply as part of it's fabulous Eye TV software. But this new guide is a step in the right direction from Equinux - and ElGato needs a bit of competition to keep it on its toes...

Equinux TubeStick For Mac... Or PC

Equinux, software writers of THE TUBE 2.0 TV-tuning software announced at MacWorld Expo they'd be shipping thier own Hybrid USB stick tuner - The TubeStick - for the US NTSC market. It’s compact, slimmed-down design is more friendly to crowded USB ports than many other bulkier stick-style tuners from ElGato and other 3rd parties. The Tube Stick is bundled with BOTH Mac software and Windows Media Center software drivers. TheTube software (now at version 2.7.4) is good, but not GREAT like EyeTV unfortunately. Still, Equinux has been keeping the updates coming, and offers unique and innovative program sharing features to give El Gato a good bit of competition.