Elgato Launches TV Placeshifting Application for iPhone/iPod touch

--App Works with Company's Flagship EyeTV Solution

Elgato, the San Francisco- and Munich-based company behind EyeTV, a TV solution for Mac computers, on Tuesday launched a TV placeshifting application for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch. According to the company, the app, which is priced at $4.99, allows users to watch live and recorded TV, browse a program guide, and launch or schedule recordings remotely. It is designed for use with EyeTV 3.2, the latest version of Elgato's flagship TV-on-Mac software, and, according to the company, can automatically find a Mac on a local WiFi network that is running EyeTV 3.2, using Bonjour technology. It can also find and access a remote Mac (though only over WiFi) via "My EyeTV," a free locator utility included with EyeTV 3.2, Elgato says: according to the company, the locator utility sets up any router that supports UPnP or NAT-PMP protocols automatically (note: users can also manually configure their routers and/or use a dynamic DNS service, the company says).

According to Elgato, the new EyeTV iPhone app and EyeTV 3.2 use Apple's new HTTP streaming technology, which was introduced with the iPhone OS 3.0. Unlike other proprietary streaming solutions, the company claims, EyeTV relies on Apple's specifications for adaptive streaming using H.264 video and AAC audio codecs. It uses the iPhone's hardware acceleration for playback.

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