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equinux starts shipping its new TV receiver TubeStick hybrid to the US Market

TubeStick hybrid grants Mac users more mobility and fun while watching television

South San Francisco, USA − April 30, 2008: South San Francisco, USA / Munich, Germany - April 30th, 2008: equinux is now shipping their new USB Television Receiver, TubeStick hybrid. Together with The Tube, equinux' TV viewing application, TubeStick hybrid brings both digital and analog television to Mac. The stylish white USB-stick and mini-antenna flow seamlessly with the current design of Apple products. The intent of TubeStick hybrid, and specifically The Tube, is to bring the TV-community together and make it even easier to watch TV-recordings while on-the-go with one's iPod or iPhone.

TubeStick hybrid - Two Receivers, one device

The minimalist designed housing combines two TV receivers - one for digital TV reception and the other for analog. The digital tuner is designed to decode free over-the-air ATSC signals (HDTV and SDTV) and unencrypted cable (Clear QAM) signals. The analog tuner can tune free over-the-air analog signals and with the included breakout cable, users can capture analog signals from a variety of sources including video cameras and game consoles via either S-Video or Composite video connections.

The Tube - Television that's just fun

TubeStick hybrid is delivered with the TV-application The Tube. The Tube has been designed for more than just watching TV - Timeshift can be used to pause live TV and play back missed moments and TubeTalk offers public chat rooms where TV-viewers can comment on and discuss the television program they are currently watching. The Tube brings all these features and more into a single window with an intuitive interface. equinux is providing the latest update to The Tube 2.6.1 free of charge.

TubeToGo - The pleasure of on-the-go Television via iPhone, iPod or Safari

Mobility is a key function of The Tube. With the integrated and free web-service TubeToGo, recordings can be made available in an online web gallery. Once uploaded, these programs can be viewed while the user is out and about. In the protected area of TubeToGo, users have full access to their favorite shows - including the ability to add, remove and even schedule recordings. All this can be done online with either an internet connected iPhone or iPod touch or a standard Safari web browser. All that is needed is a high-speed internet connection and a place to store those recordings - TubeToGo supports both .mac and FTP.

Perfect for the Switchers in the world

The TubeStick hybrid is ideal for those users who find themselves switching between Mac and Windows machines. With the included Windows driver, TubeStick hybrid is compatible with Windows Media Center and several other TV applications on Windows XP or Vista. The required driver is included in the TubeStick hybrid box and is also available for download online.

Pricing and Availability

TubeStick hybrid is available now for $129 (USD) at the equinux Online Store
and will soon be available at local Apple retailers. All orders placed at the equinux Online Store include free shipping within the continental United States. The complete package includes: the TubeStick hybrid, the TV-application The Tube, a white Mini-Antenna for reception of Digital over-air broadcast television (ATSC), an IEC/F adapter for easy connection to a rooftop antenna or cable TV (Clear QAM), a breakout cable (Composite, S-Video) and a USB extension cable.