equinux enhances The Tube 2.6 with new Engine for Electronic Program Guides
The Tube 2.6
automatically updates television guides and provides a new plug-in
structure for alternative TV listings
Munich, Germany / South San Francisco, USA – April 10th, 2008: equinux
today released The Tube 2.6 with a completely reengineered EPG engine.
Users can now choose between different electronic program guide (EPG)
plug-ins and automatically update TV information even when they’re imported
from alternative EPGs in the XMLTV format. One of the biggest publishing
companies for television listings in Germany, Bauer Verlagsgruppe, led the
way by providing its TV Movie, Europe’s toughest film critics, EPG service
to German The Tube users as a plug-in in The Tube.
The Tube 2.6 automatically updates the electronic program guide (EPG) twice
a day and therefore always provides users with the latest TV listings. To
open the application to third-party providers of TV listings, The Tube now
has a new plug-in structure to allow users to choose between different
television guides. The Tube was the first Mac application to add support
for the open XMLTV standard for TV listings. The Tube 2.6 can also handle
automatic XMLTV-updates in the same way as it automatically updates TV
listings via DTT (DVB-T).
“We’re thrilled to start integrating high quality television listings in
Germany with TV Movie, Europe’s toughest filmcritics and one of the biggest
providers of TV guides”, says equinux-CEO Till Schadde. “We look forward to
soon bringing TV listings from other countries to the Mac community. We
believe that the TV listing information should be made freely available to
To encourage content providers in other countries to also make their TV
listings available for The Tube users, equinux welcomes any provider
interested in joining forces in order to revolutionize the Mac TV market.
The Tube 2.6 is free for every registered The Tube user via the integrated
update feature and the equinux website. equinux ships The Tube with its TV
receiver TubeStick for DTT (DVB-T) for a recommended retail price for just
Euros 39.95 (incl. German VAT).
About The Tube
The Tube has evolved into the modern TV solution for Mac users that both
integrates the TV community and provides a well-developed iPhone
integration. equinux ships The Tube with TubeStick, its stylish white TV
USB receiver for DTT (DVB-T). With The Tube Mac users are able to watch,
pause (Timeshift) and schedule recordings via electronic program guide
(EPG). With the all new free-of-charge TubeToGo webservice you can publish
recordings in a web gallery to watch them via Safari on an iPhone or iPod
touch on the go and remotely schedule recordings. The Tube has built-in
several community features like the live chat functionality TubeTalk.
equinux (www.equinux.com), located in South San Francisco, CA (USA) and
headquartered in Munich, Germany, develops and distributes successful Mac
solutions for professionals and consumers alike. Today users from all over
the world rely on equinux’ award-winning and trusted applications. The
business solution VPN Tracker is the market-leading VPN client for the Mac
OS X Platform. iSale, equinux’ successful eBay auctioning solution won
several Apple Design Awards, and currently represents the 2006 winner in
the most competitive category “Best Mac OS X User Experience”.