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Pinnacle HD Mini Sticks Provide PC and Mac Users with Low-cost Solutions for TV Viewing Conflicts



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 21, 2008 -- Pinnacle Systems, Inc., the consumer division of Avid Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), highlighted today how its low-cost Pinnacle PCTV™ HD mini Stick and Pinnacle TV™ for Mac® HD mini Stick can be used to resolve TV viewing conflicts for household members who have different TV program preferences.

With these two ultra-compact HDTV tuners, the football, baseball and basketball seasons don’t have to mean the end of home improvement shows or a struggle over who controls the remote. Users can watch, timeshift and automatically record all of their favorite HD and SD TV shows on their computer at a fraction of the price of an HD TV set and without having to pay service fees.

The savings that can be realized with a Pinnacle PCTV HD mini Stick or Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick also makes them cost-effective for college students who can use their computers as their TV. Live and recorded programs can be viewed in full-screen mode or in a scalable window while using other computer applications. With this capability, consumers can also watch a TV program while being logged onto the show’s website for online activities.

Featuring the advanced technologies and ease of use that have made Pinnacle Systems number one in the consumer PC-TV viewing market in the U.S.*, these USB-powered tuners are the smallest HDTV tuner sticks on the U.S. market today. For stable reception even with weaker signals, an integrated signal booster is included to improve sensitivity for over-the-air HDTV reception. Both devices support digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM) for SDTV and HDTV with resolutions of up to 1080i.

Pinnacle's two HD mini sticks provide everything PC and Mac users need to instantly turn their computers into a digital TV with a fully functional Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with timeshifting capabilities that enable them to record, pause or rewind live TV. Users can also schedule recordings from TitanTV.com, a free Internet-based Electronic Programming Guide (EPG). With the ability to record TV shows, they can watch their favorite programs wherever they want and when they want.

About the size of a small flash drive, the two sleek-looking HDTV tuners feature a convenient slide-open case that protects the USB connector when closed and does not block other USB ports when plugged into a computer.

Ready to use right out of the box, the ultra-portable TV tuners come with the latest Personal Video Recorder (PVR) software as well as a mini remote control, a high-gain telescopic TV antenna and a convenient travel bag. Both the PC and the Mac versions support digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM) for SDTV and HDTV with resolutions of up to 1080i.

Pinnacle PCTV™ HD mini Stick

Designed for Windows® XP or Windows Vista™ systems, the PCTV HD mini Stick is bundled with Pinnacle TVCenter Pro 5, the latest release of Pinnacle’s feature-rich Personal Video Recorder (PVR) application for viewing, timeshifting and recording high-quality SD and HD TV on a PC. With the software, users can record TV shows in the MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or DivX® formats and can save the programs on a hard drive or directly to a DVD.

A trial version for MPEG-4 support is included which enables users to output to a Sony® PSP™ or an Apple® iPod®. VideoSpin™ by Pinnacle video editing software is also included which allows customers to quickly trim the length of recordings. With ATSC HDTV support and compatibility with Windows® Media Center (Windows Vista® Home Premium or Ultimate), home theater PC enthusiasts can also enjoy the many benefits of the PCTV HD mini Stick.

Pinnacle TV for Mac® HD mini Stick

Compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick comes with the latest version of Elgato’s EyeTV Lite software for a full range of recording and playback controls, including timeshifting and EPG or manual recording capabilities. As a bonus, Pinnacle TVCenter Pro 5 and VideoSpin by Pinnacle are also included for users who also own a PC. Pricing, Availability Pinnacle PCTV HD mini Stick and Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick are available in the U.S. from leading retailers and online resellers as well as the Pinnacle Systems estore. The SRP for the PCTV HD mini Stick is US$119.99 and $129.99 for the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick, which is also available in selected Apple® Stores.

For demos, overviews and tips on all Pinnacle Systems' solutions go to Pinnacle Life.

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry leader in providing a complete set of home video editing and TV viewing tools for the consumer market.


   







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