Your EyeTV on your iPhone - At Home and on the Road
San Francisco/Munich, September 29, 2009 – Elgato has released the EyeTV app for iPhone and iPod touch, available starting today on the App Store. With the EyeTV app, EyeTV users can watch live TV and recordings on an iPhone and browse the detailed program guide. They can also use the iPhone to start recording TV shows back home on a Mac immediately, or to schedule them to record later. The EyeTV app connects to any Mac running the latest version of Elgato's award-winning TV software, EyeTV 3.2, and can automatically find a Mac on the local network using Bonjour. The EyeTV app can also find and access a remote Mac via "My EyeTV", a free locator utility introduced today as part of EyeTV 3.2.
The latest in streaming technology
EyeTV 3.2 and the EyeTV app use Apple’s new HTTP streaming technology that was introduced with iPhone OS 3.0. Unlike other proprietary streaming solutions, EyeTV relies on Apple's specifications for adaptive streaming using H.264 video and AAC audio codecs. EyeTV also uses the iPhone's hardware acceleration for playback, and delivers the best possible streaming quality with minimum battery use.
Connect via Bonjour
Thanks to Bonjour technology, the EyeTV app automatically finds any Mac on a local Wi-Fi network that is running EyeTV 3.2. Once connected, the iPhone can play live TV, change channels, watch EyeTV recordings, browse the Program Guide, and start or schedule recordings.
Watch TV anywhere
On the road, the EyeTV app offers the same functionality that is available over a local network (note: a Wi-Fi connection is required for live TV). Elgato makes it easy to access a Mac with EyeTV via a remote connection. A new utility in EyeTV 3.2 sets up any router that supports UPnP or NAT-PMP protocols automatically. This locator utility is part of a new free service called “My EyeTV”, and is similar to Apple's "Back to my Mac". Alternatively, users can manually configure their routers and/or use a dynamic DNS service.
The EyeTV app requires a Mac computer (live TV streaming requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better), EyeTV 3.2 or higher and a compatible TV tuner connected. Wi-Fi connection required for live TV.
EyeTV is available from the iTunes Store at a price of US $4.99/ CA $4.99/ 3,99 €/ £2.99/ AU$5.99/ NZ$ 6.49. EyeTV 3.2 is available as a free update for EyeTV 3 users. Elgato EyeTV tuners are available at the Elgato Online Store (www.elgato.com), at Apple retail stores and from local Mac resellers.