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    It's turning out to be a big week for streaming video content on the iPhone.

    First, we learned of Akamai's new video streaming platform, and now comes word that Elgato is behind a new EyeTV app that allows users to watch their favorite TV shows live on the iPhone or iPod Touch over a wi-fi network.

    Basically serving as a mobile extension of the desktop software, EyeTv lets you: Watch live TV and change channels anywhere (Wi-Fi connection required); Watch your EyeTV recordings; Browse the comprehensive Program Guide; Start recordings back home on your Mac immediately or schedule them for later; and view and edit your recording schedules.

    From Macworld:

    The key phrase in that setup is “EyeTV users.” To take advantage of the mobile app, you’ll also need EyeTV 3.2, Elgato’s desktop TV software, installed on a Mac that has a compatible TV tuner connected to it. But if you have those parts in place, the EyeTV mobile app brings a lot to the table. It connects to any Mac running EyeTV 3.2, automatically finding the machine on a local network courtesy of Bonjour. A free My EyeTV locator utility lets the iPhone app find and access a remote Mac.
    The software uses Apple’s HTTP streaming technology that was rolled out with the iPhone OS 3.0 and culls from Apple’s specifications for adaptive streaming using H.264 video and AAC audio codecs. UPnP- and NAT-PMP-compatible routers are supported, but to accommodate live TV via EyeTv, your Mac must also have a Core 2 Duo processor.

    For $4.99 in the App store, this little piece of mobile TV heaven is now available. But EyeTv doesn't have a lock on the market by any stretch of the imagination.
    There’s more than one way to watch TV on your iPhone, of course. Equinux’s $4 Live TV can stream TV programs from your Mac to your mobile device. (As with EyeTV, Live TV requires some supporting hardware and software—the TubeStick hybrid, which is a digital analog TV receiver for the Mac, and The Tube desktop software.)
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: All Eyes on EyeTV iPhone App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Clearly you don't know what eye tv is............
      OK, well would you like to help me?

      Somehow your PC/Mac has to connect to your receiver to watch live TV. How am I wrong on that?
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      AWESOME this should be good cant wait for it!
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      What most of us want is HULU! HULU FTW!

    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      might be worth it...
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      seems like orb ftw

      ah **** i dont have windows lol
    1. keysloser's Avatar
      keysloser -
      I'd say well done Elgato with this app for the iPhone, since I have an Elgato tuner on my iMac... except for the fact that I don't have the EyeTV 3.2 software and since I bought the tuner before Dec 2007 Elgato says I'm not eligible for the software update...

      I live in Greece so there are no streaming services, so I could watch TV on the iPhone... But I'm defiitely not giving money (again) to Elgato for the software, it's a matter of principle.
    1. makav911's Avatar
      makav911 -
    1. fletch33's Avatar
      fletch33 -
      i just tested EyeTV app with 3G Unrestrictor and the picture was nice but the sound was off a little. there are some network settings on the app and when i get a chance i will mess around with them to see if it improves the sound issue.

      overall though great app and as it was not designed to work over 3G i will not be upset if i cant get it perfect that way.