Who knew that a Monday could be such a mad storehouse of riches? First the iOS software update and now this: Elgato has updated their EyeTV software to stream live TV to your iPad over 3G or WiFi. At this rate, we'll have to declare a new day of the week to be the worst out of seven. Wednesday, we're looking at you.
If you're already an EyeTV hardware owner running EyeTV 3.4 on your Mac, you'll need to download Elgato's EyeTV App ($4.99 to purchase new, or a free upgrade to exisiting EyeTV App owners) to get the WiFi streaming party started. If your TV consumption plans involve a 3G connection, Elgato recommends that you consider picking up an Elgato Turbo.264 HD, which utilizes adaptive streaming to provide decent reception under changing network conditions. Just be sure that your system is up to specifications before running out and buying something that may not work well for you--you don't want to ruin that awesome Monday buzz.
Elgato has announced its new EyeTV HD, a DVR set top box that provides full access to premium cable or satellite television on a Mac. Users will now be able to watch, record, edit and gear down in anticipation for the season finales of their favorite shows all from the comfort of their own home computer.
Yesterday many people discovered that the EyeTV application from Elgato
allowed anyone with an EyeTV to stream live television from their Mac to
the iPhone over the AT&T 3G network. Apple later pulled the
application from the App Store, but a new version is already in the
Apple's Mac OS X v10.6 was released last Friday, and for most of us the
transition from Leopard to Snow Leopard went by without incident.
However, we've spent part of last weekend scouring Apple's discussion
boards and support site for solutions to problems people have been
reporting with the upgrade.
If you were a kid (or had a kid) any time between the mid-1980s and the
turn of the century, chances are you have a bunch of old videotapes
with incriminating footage on them. Chances are also good that your
mother (or someone like her) has probably bothered you on more than one
occasion about converting those aforementioned tapes—because really,
who uses a VCR anymore? Using Elgato’s Video Capture, you can turn any
analog source into 640x480 digital video files, for playback on your
Mac, iPod touch, or iPhone.
Turbo.264 HD aims to make converting video for use on your devices
easier. It works with pretty much any kind of video, whether it’s
something you shot yourself or video you ripped from your Welcome Back, Kotter DVD collection. Not that you’d do anything like that, of course.
Digital video recorders that connect to a TV rely on a hardware-and-software combination to capture and play shows—Mac DVR solutions are no different. Tuner hardware turns airborne signals or a cable feed into something the computer understands, but it’s the software that drives the user experience. Elgato’s EyeTV 3 app is designed to work with any of the company’s TV tuners, but it also supports hardware from a dozen companies, including some that only offer PC devices. The application presents the video window, allows browsing through a channel guide, lets you make basic edits to recorded shows, and more. While its interface could be improved, most of its functionality is intuitive, wringing every last feature out of your TV tuner hardware.