Elgato has announced today that v1.0.2 of their EyeTV app enables streaming of live TV signals over Wi-Fi as well as 3G connections. In other words, using the EyeTV app on your iPhone to watch TV no longer requires a Wi-Fi connection.
You’re still going to need some hardware, but it’s likely hardware that fans of Elgato products already have. Users who run EyeTV 3.3.3 and have a compatible TV tuner will be able to watch live TV and previous EyeTV recordings, as well browse the Program Guide and to start recordings on their Macs or schedule them for later. You can’t turn on your Mac remotely, but you can launch EyeTV if it’s not already open. No configuration is necessary to set it up on a local Wi-Fi network. For 3G or Wi-Fi connections to a remote Mac, however, Elgato offers My Eye TV: a free locator utility.
EyeTV for iPhone requires a Mac computer running EyeTV 3.3.3. Streaming TV requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. For sending the live signal over a 3G connection, Elgato recommends the Turbo.264 HD which enables “adaptive streaming” for the best picture possible under varying network speeds.
EyeTV for iPhone 1.0.2 is available from the App Store for $4.99, and as a free update for existing EyeTV for iPhone customers. EyeTV 3.3.3 is available as a free update for EyeTV 3 users.