Product Watch: Television And FM Radio On Your iMac!


MyTV/fm from Escape Labs is a product that bring television to your iMac or G3 Macintosh over a simple USB connection . It also has the ability to capture high quality, full frame rate video from any video source. MyTV/fm is an external product so getting connected is as simple as plugging it into a USB port on your Mac. Included software allows you to channel surf both TV and FM broadcasts.

MyTV/fm has a 125 channel TV tuner and is able to broadcast to a scaleable Window on your Mac. It is an ideal solution for cramped quarters since it can turn your space conscious iMac into a virtual TV replacement.

The captured digital video capability is comparable to quality VCR recording resulting in digitization of full frame-rate, full sized video with sound synchronization and support for both NTSC and PAL video formats with video inputs for both composite and S-video.

The quality of the video capturing abilities and overall image fidelity are made possible by the use of Zoran ZR36060 motion JPEG codec and Eskape Labs highly optimized QuickTime drivers. ZR36060 is the leading MJPEG codec found in Wintel PCI video capture devices.

"Zoran has been working with Eskape Labs over the past year to bring our award winning MJPEG solutions to the Mac," said Dr Leby Gerzberg, president and chief executive officer of Zoran Corporation.

"The Internet has given everyone an appreciation of the importance of news and information in our everyday lives, MyTV/fm naturally expands the reach of the computer beyond the internet and into the realm of broadcast media."

In a recent review MacNN gave MyTV/fm 3 1/2 stars out of a possible 5 and said this about the product:

"The MyTV/fm represents an impressive hardware feat given the limitations of USB"

MyTV/fm MSRP: $199 .......... Check for lowest price

Eskape Labs
7068 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 419
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Tel: 925.249.6500
Fax: 925.249.6501


  • USB plug and play - set up in 5 minutes or less without opening your computer
  • 125 channel cable ready TV tuner the first and only TV for iMac
  • TV in a scaleable window while running other applications or full screen
  • Capture QT movies at full frame rate from S-video, Composite or Antenna/Cable source
  • Provides instant video conference capability when attached to a video camera
  • Bus Powered - no seperate power supply
  • Compatible with any QuickTime capture application
  • Can be connected through USB hubs


  • USB equipped iMac or G3 Macintosh
  • Available USB port
  • Mac OS 8.5.1 or higher
  • QuickTime 4.0 or higher
  • Broadcast TV or Cable
  • NTSC, PAL and SECAM video sources
  • Video inputs - RF [75 Ohm], S-video and Composite Video
  • FM inputs - RF [75 Ohm]


  • 125-channel TV tuner Integrated FM tuner
  • Video sources -- NTSC, PAL and SECAM
  • Video inputs connectors -- Antenna 75 Ohm F-type connector, composite video RCA jack and S-video connector
  • Video Compression MJPEG (Motion JPEG)
  • USB v1.1 compliant
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 10oz


  • MyTV device
  • 3 meter A/B USB cable
  • Stereo patch cable
  • Stereo Audio cable
  • Drivers & User Guide
  • Bundled software:iMac Update v.1.1, iMac Firmware Updater v1.0, QuickTime v4.0, and Mac TV viewing/capture software

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