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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.
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.
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.)