Miglia EvolutionTV Video Hands-On

As I mentioned before, I'm cleaning out the office and found something that I've been putting off for far too long. The EvolutionTV by Miglia is a very cool little device. It's essentially a USB TV Tuner/DVR for OS X and it works extremely well. Is it a TiVo replacement? Absolutely not, but would make a great addition to your Mac mini multimedia set-up.

The DVR portion depends on a web-based interface called TitanTV to program recordings. The EvolutionTV also captures a short buffer and allows you to record, fast forward, and rewind live TV. Finally, the latest version allows TitanTV to act as an iChat broadcast system, meaning you can share video feeds etc. over the Internet using the same interface used by the iSight.

The box itself is tres sexy, with brushed aluminum hiding a relatively small circuit board. It requires a separate power supply and USB 2.0 port and encodes in MPEG-2/4 and DivX. The quality is relatively good for standard resolution and as you can see, it's a bit hard to get a signal in a basement using just a long wire. It's trivial to hook up a coaxial cable or S-Video to this thing for better quality.

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It comes with a small remote and costs about $$230.

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DISCUSSION

Buggy Software, sort of UB, bad documentation, poor testing by manufacturer: stay away!

MacIntel owners be notified: Evolution TV application v2.7 is not fully functional on Intel machines. I have a 17" MBP and had lots of difficulties.

Despite claims and descriptions that say it is a universal binary, some features do not work. Installation was not clear thanks to old documentation. Had to install and uninstall 3 times until all plugins were installed. The bundled MovieGate plug-in v1.0.2 (also claimed to be a UB) definitely does not work. It kept telling me my MPEG-2 recordings were Divx or MPEG-4 recordings and rejecting them, and refusing to burn a DVD. Migilia customer support told me I must be doing something wrong because they had no problems. 10 days later they admitted they did their tests on a PPC. That was 2 weeks ago and they still haven't updated the software or reduced the claims of what this product can do. Perhaps Apple is buying them up and that's why they don't want to take the trouble to fix their claims.

Clicking inside of software while recording can lead to app crashing.

Sometimes app had errors while recording.

Out-of-date documentation. Follow the installer, not the manual.

Could be a great item if the company would stand behind what they sell and get the software up to speed or at least not advertise it does things it doesn't.

Only a combination of 2 new beta elements, resulted in being able to burn a DVD from the app. Unless you like having to beta test the products you pay for STAY AWAY.

Evolution TV v 2.7

MG Plugin 1.0.2

MBP 17"

USB 2.0

OS 10.4.8

NTSC video