Is Apple secretly working with Miglia?

When I was at Macworld Expo in January, I witnessed an unexpected meeting between a Miglia executive and an Apple executive, but didn’t think too much of it until this week.

What happened this week is that Elgato, home of the EyeTV software that Miglia uses in concert with its hardware products, pulled its license from Miglia. This comes on the heels of Apple removing all Miglia products from the online Apple Store. Both strange and unexpected developments made me recall an event I witnessed at Macworld Expo.

While I was at Miglia’s booth checking out their products and talking to their representatives, I saw a Miglia executive approached by a lady who identified herself as being with Apple. She said she was there to introduce him to someone else at Apple who was her European counterpart. Sure enough, another gentleman made his way through the exhibit hall crowd and they all left the booth to go have a meeting together.

Though largely overshadowed by the iPhone, the AppleTV was a big story at Macworld Expo. But one of the criticisms of the product has been that it does not record television. Miglia’s products do. In addition, the Apple TV is designed largely for high definition televisions. And at Expo, Miglia was showing off its HDTV recording capabilities. Finally, the AppleTV has a USB port. When I asked the Apple reps at Expo what it was for, I was told “The official line is that it is for servicing.” Uh-huh. And maybe it could be used to plug in external devices like iPods, digital cameras or … Miglia’s TVMini HD.