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The Tube 1.5 replaces your VCR and TV Guide and adds support for the open XMLTV standard

equinux introduces The Tube 1.5, a Public Beta release that adds timed recordings and a free Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to the latest TV-Software for the Mac

Munich, Germany / San Mateo, USA − August 01, 2007: equinux has introduced the first public beta version of their TV-software, The Tube. The Tube 1.5 can display the TV schedule for the upcoming weeks and enables you to schedule recordings. The EPG (Electronic Program Guide) that is transmitted over DVB-T by many TV channels can be supplemented with user-supplied data in the open source XML TV format.

The Tube makes scheduled recordings child's play

Whilst the previous version of The Tube was able to record timeshifted TV programs using the Déjà Vu feature, The Tube 1.5 can now schedule recordings ahead of time. Users can also opt to extend scheduled recordings by a few minutes before and after the scheduled times, to prevent cut off recordings. The Tube will also warn of scheduling conflicts.

Thanks to the free EPG functionality, scheduling recordings is child's play. The Tube 1.5 displays all currently running TV shows as well as a program guide for the next days. Additional information about TV shows can also optionally be displayed. Additional information and images for upcoming shows can easily be searched for on Google via the context menu.

The Tube 1.5 supports the open XMLTV standard and places the emphasis on community

"Every TV channel publishes their programming schedule on their website, as it's in their own interest to do so. We believe that this information should be made freely available to all consumers. Looking forward, we'd like to include content from the community in the Tube," - says equinux' CEO Till Schadde. The open source project XMLTV (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xmltv/) already collects electronic program guide information from a number of countries and makes it available in the open XMLTV format. The Tube 1.5 supports the open XMLTV format and can import EPG files and assign them to channels. Further information regarding XMLTV and The Tube 1.5 can be found on the equinux website under equinux.com/goto/epg.

The Tube 1.5 Public Beta is available for download on the equinux website for all registered users. The Tube software is included with every TubeStick. TubeStick is equinux' inexpensive DVB-T receiver that seamlessly integrates with MediaCentral - the perfect Media Center software for any Mac.