Pinnacle Systems has teamed with Pineapplehead Distribution to help do away with the problem of programming the VCR. Pineapplehead is distributing Pinnacle’s PCTV Deluxe — an external device that connects PC and TV entertainment capabilities and allows consumers to use their existing desktop or laptop PC to watch TV and digitally record programs to CD or DVD discs. PCTV Deluxe includes Titan TV, an intuitive electronic programming guide, so users can set up their program preferences for automatic recording. The device can be used to capture and compress video in real time from any video source including a TV, VCR, camcorder, digital TV set-top box or DVD-player. It encodes video in real time, storing the data in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 format. Users can then burn it to a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW disc that can be played back by set-top DVD players. PCTV Deluxe provides full support for USB 2.0 as well as USB 1.1 and is compatible with Windows ME, 2000 and XP systems. The bundle includes a remote control unit with two AA batteries, a USB cable, Installation Assistant software, Pinnacle PCTV Vision software, Pinnacle TRex software and the trial version of Pinnacle’s Studio 8 video editing software. The recommended retail price is $549. PCTV Deluxe is available now.