Eye TV is a Mac software developed by Elgato Software that allows you to watch
live TV broadcast on your Mac using their TV Tuner or other compatible TV tuners. EyeTV for
iPhone is an application that when run on your iPhone allows you to
connect to your EyeTV tuner on your Mac and watch all TV stations or
video sources connected to the TV tuner on your iPhone.
TV allows you to capturevideos from a VCR, or any video source connected to the TV tuner.
It is a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Any Live TV being played is automatically recorded on your Mac for a period of time you specify.
Therefore, you can pause a TV show, or rewind if you missed something.
Then you can jump to the live feed again. Eye TV can also display the
guide of your TV channels.
Eye TV has been
available on the Mac since 2002 from Elgato Software, and now it is available on the iPhone and iPad. It costs $149.00 USD and
the iPhone application is available from the App store for $4.99.
Connecting the TV Tuner:
that comes with
looks like a simple USB memory cartridge. It plugs to any free USB port on your
It has a small connection on the side that can receive composite video, audio, and S-video sources. On the other end it has the cable connection to plug to your Cable TV source.
The iPhone application allows you to watch live TV channels from the
cable TV or any video source connected to your
TV tuner. Then after the channels are
scanned you can flip, pause, rewind, or record any channel.
is easy. First connect your video source to the TV tuner which can be your Cable TV, or any video
source through the provided break out cable, and then plug the TV tuner to a free USB port on your Mac. Finally, install the software.
Installing the software on your Mac:
When you start the Eye TV application on your Mac, the set up assistant will start automatically.
You can access the setup assistant from two
locations if you need to, either from the EyeTV menu, or from the Help menu.
Once you run the set up assistant, you will be directed to agree to
the license, and then select your country, and then select what type of
signal is connected to your TV tuner. Select the hardware or
you have, and then click next. Enter your activation key from your
From this screen, you can set up your Eye TV account, so you can access
your TV stations while on the road. Just enter an email and a password to create a free account.
The last step is to select your service, either Cable TV, Digital
Antenna (ATSC), Antenna NTSC or FM radio. After you click on auto-tune, all your
available channels will be scanned and be listed for you to watch on
your Mac and also on your
The channel scan indication will appear showing you how many channels
are available. This example is showing FM radio being scanned.
Eye TV - iPhone Settings on Mac:
of the controls for the TV channels are done on the Mac side. For example, recording, editing, scheduling, and exporting are all doe on the Mac side.
I will cover the most important settings for your iPhone here in this
page so you can get
set up and running.
In Eye TV preferences, go to the General tab and select iPhone-480x360
H.264 from the "iPod/iPhone button export format" options menu. This is the format used when exporting your recorded live TV shows or
Create an Eye TV account:
Click on the
tab at the
top of your preferences window on your Mac, and check both the boxes.
The first box allows you to
while the other box allows
access to your live TV on iPhone over the 3G network using an iPhone Web App which I will cover later.
Click on the Change button
to create a login and passwords if you haven't done that in the set up
assistant. This login and password will allow you to login to
account while you are on the road to access your live TV on your iPhone.
Adding a computer to EyeTV for iPhone:
When you install Eye TV for iPhone, the
application will discover
the computers running
from your local network or local wifi.
For example, my
was automatically discovered as shown in the picture on the right as it was
running EyeTV for Mac.
I also created another
network manually for external wifi access.
You can add your EyeTV computer manually by tapping the Edit button at the top right,
and then entering the required information about your network.
screen asks about your email and password for the EyeTV
server which you have already created when you ran the Setup Assistant, or you can create from preferences.
Tap the Advance button to
specify your computer information.
the Advance menu, all
what you basically need is to enter your computer IP address which is the computer that has EyeTV installed and running.
You have to have port 2170 open on your router in order to access your TV form outside. Tap save to save your
Then just enter your main computer IP address, and give your TV a name.
After you you add your computer, you will access all your channels from your Mac on your
iPhone from any
wifi or hot spot in the world.
Watch live TV on iPhone:
If you have EyeTV installed on a Mac on your network, and you have
app for the
iPhone, the first screen will show available computers on the network with EyeTV installed.
When you tap on one of the available
computers, you can access all live TV from that computer on your iPhone.
Tap the Live TV button to see a mix of TV stations and FM radio stations that are scanned from the TV tuner.
Also, tap the button at the top right to change your bit rate to control
the quality of the live TV.
Move the slider all the way to the right on
a local fast wifi network, and move it to the left as the network
To watch your channels on your iPhone from any wifi in the world, you
will have to set up your router to open port 2170.
Recording and viewing TV on iPhone:
To start a recording on your Mac you can simply click the record button on the Mac
Once you click the record button, your TV show will
be recorded and will be displayed in the recordings area in the EyeTV
With Eye TV you can record your favorite shows, and then
watch them later at any time on your iPhone.
First of all, you have to set up
to convert the recorded show
into an iPhone video format. This is
accomplished by going to the Window menu and select the EyeTV Programs menu.
Select the Recordings button
to see all your recordings. In order to watch your recordings on your
iPhone you must prepare or export the recording first. Just check the box next to a recording to allow it to be
exported to an iPhone format.
You can automate this process
by going to Eye TV preferences,
and clicking the iPhone tab,
and then More Options.
Now, check the
box next to "Prepare all new
recordings for iPhone Access". This
options will convert all your recordings as you take them and prepare
them for iPhone display.
a recording is not prepared, you won't be able to watch it on your
Accessing recorded TV on iPhone:
Tap the Recordings button on EyeTV app for iPhone to access all the recordings you have created on
The Library button will show
you all Recordings.
The Exporting button shows you
what recordings are being exported, while the Recording Now shows what you are
recording on your Mac.
Past Week shows you
recordings done last week.
recording is exported, then you can tap the Watch Now button to watch it on
also schedulerecordings of your shows. You can select the time, date, duration, and how often you want the recordings to take place.
This will allow you to have all your favorite shows recorded, and prepared for your iPhone to watch anywhere in the world.
Watch Live TV on iPhone over 3G Network:
There are two
ways of watching live TV on iPhone using the 3G network instead of
When you are
connected, the screen will look like the EyeTV app for iPhone except
that it is running in a Safari browser interface using a web application.
You can add this page to
your favorites by tapping the Plus button. Now you can access your live
TV from Safari using the cell phone 3G network.
In the Web App you can watch live TV on iPhone or watch your
This can be done over the cell phone 3G network.
EDGE is not supported as it will be too slow.
The Second method of watching
live TV on iPhone with
over the 3G network is for a jailbrocken
iPhone. This method requires installing an iPhone hack called 3G
Unrestrictor from Cydia.
This hack allows you to watch live TV on iPhone using the Eye TV
for iPhone app without any restriction. Therefore, you can watch live TV on both wifi, 3G, and even EDGE.
The quality of the TV over wifi is really good, and you can control
the quality of your stream by adjusting the bit rate or kbps (Kilobit Per Second).
If the network
is not fast enough then you can lower the bit rate by
sliding the slider to the left.
Or you can set it
up to use the highest quality on local networks by tapping the on-off
Tap save at the top right to save your settings for the next session.
If the network connection improves, then you should increase the kbps
or bit rate to a higher rate.
Watching TV on iPhone is one of its most exiting features.
for iPhone is an iPhone application that delivers live TV at its best. If you have a
cable TV, that you like to watch on your
iPhone, and if you are a Mac user. Then Eye TV is the solution.
It will convert your Mac into a fully functional DVR (Digital Video
Recorder) that can be accessed from anywhere in the world with your