EyeTV Easter Egg Allows for Video Streaming Via 3G Networks

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Electricpig reports that it has discovered an easter egg in the recently-released EyeTV iPhone application from Elgato that allows the software to stream video content via 3G wireless networks.
    The report notes that the feature almost certainly went unnoticed by Apple's application reviewers and it is unclear how the company will react to its discovery.

    Article Link: EyeTV Easter Egg Allows for Video Streaming Via 3G Networks
  2. macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    It will be pulled. Sure, Apple probably doesnt care, but Im sure AT&T will have something to say about it.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    This reminds me of the C64 emulator, which was pulled for a similar easter egg like feature of the BASIC interpreter.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2007
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2003
    But so long as you keep a copy of the current version of EyeTV you are in business! Wonder if you can have multiple versions of the same app on your iPhone if you rename it manually -- keep the existing one for 3G streaming, get newer ones for whatever future features get added (Remote control, please!)
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2006
  7. macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2007
    Seattle, Wa
    LoL Elgato FTMFW! Now I can watch TV in my car, on the bus or in a train!
  8. macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2009
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I don't know if that'll work. Can't Apple just disable or remove apps installed on our phones?
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
  10. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    Automatically? I'm not sure. I would think that you'd have to sync your phone to initiate any changes or removals.

    I won't be updating my EyeTV app until someone confirms that a newer version keeps this easter egg intact.
  11. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Apple has yet to delete any app off of people's iDevices. Now that the genie is out of the bottle Apple will most likely pull it from the store until Elgato updates it with the code removed. Then again, with the FCC investigation (Apple, at&t and Google) it'll be interesting to see what Apple does.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    wow, so now unjailbroken iPhones are as cool as Jailbroken iPhones using 3G unrestrictor.....

  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Ha. I just got all excited, clicked over to the App Store, bought this, then remembered I sold my EyeTV Hybrid about a month ago.

    Crap. :mad:
  14. macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I just gave live TV streaming over 3G a try and the results weren't very good. The video quality is okay (not great) but it pauses about every 30 seconds and sometimes you only get the audio with no updates to the video. However, when playing back recorded video you don't have either of these problems. Thus, it appears that the live TV over 3G isn't very well optimized.

    I'm running on a 2.66GHz Mac Pro so I don't think these problems are due to any lack of horsepower on the video processing.

    Furthermore, EyeTV's standard preset for streaming pre-recorded video over 3G compresses the source down to a pitiful 176x144 resolution at only 80Kbps. The result is often a blurred, artifact ridden mess but it does seem to stream reliably (not like the pauses you get with this "Easter Egg" method to view live TV). In fact, it looks like the live TV compression is set higher than it is for the pre-recorded streaming (that may be why the live TV pauses so often).
  15. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    This is encouraging. Maybe the lack of quality via 3G streaming is considered enough of a deterrent for most users.
  16. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2007
    I just downloaded the app as it likely will be pulled. I'll put the icon near NetShare on my iPhone ;)

    Apple does have the ability to remotely kill an app but this has never been used and is believed to be a 'fail safe' in case an app that has the ability to hijack your phone or some other virus-like thing got through Apple's review process.
  17. macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2007
    Seattle, Wa
    Mine works OK. The audio is great but the video sometime jerks in high action scenes (or when the audience claps).
  18. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    And :apple: shouldn't.
    Unless it is in response to a court-order from a provider in regards to a contractual obligation not to provide streaming apps through the app store.
    But even THAT would be BS at best as jailbroken phones could stream (not needing the app store to install).
    Additionally, (same old rant) it'd be BS for AT&T at least, because all data plans are "Unlimited".
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It shouldn't be pulled, there's no reason for it.
  20. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    AT&T is on record saying no video streaming for the iPhone over 3G. They say it is a clear violation of their TOS. Sure, "AT&T doesn't approve apps," but I'm sure Slingplayer would beg to differ.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2007
    Vienna Austria Europe
    I tried it but it doesn't work :-(

    When I press the text instead "OK" the player will show up (sometimes after a blue progress bar, without any video or sound content) but just for a second or so—and then it will vanish to the list with the tv stations... Everything else works pretty well (watching pre recorded shows; live tv via different WiFis).

    Rebooted MacBook Pro with "EyeTV hybrid" USB tuner, rebooted iPhone. NADA live tv via 3G. Maybe it's the carrier? (Orange Austria, I hate them.)

    Edit: Success! After the tenth attempt or so it works! (Maybe it was the signal strength of the "hybrid" tuner at DVB-T.) Image and sound very good (like via WiFi). Even the FM radio stations are transmitting with pause and time shift! Great! :) More functions than my TV set at home. Apple please don't change that. Sling is not available in Europe.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    That’s just retarded. 3G everywhere else in the world is marketed for video streaming. It’s why almost every 3G phone (apart from the iPhone) as a second camera as well.
  23. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2006
    risky move...

    Bold (possibly risky) move by EyeTV.

    When my own app was rejected for streaming video over 3G/EDGE (and it was the 3rd rejection in as many weeks... frustratingly), I took the "safe" road.

    So when ooTunes detects you're on 3G and want to play a video stream back, what does it do? It asks if you want to open Safari (yes, apple's own safari) and streams it merrily there. I figured they couldn't reject my app for using their approved app :)
  24. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Clever move...and nice piece of software ooTunes is, BTW. Just got the server myself recently.

    Hopefully, as AT&T's network becomes more robust or as iPhone is opened to other networks and people migrate there the lower bandwidth will allow easing of these restrictions on apps. I can't actually imagine them enforcing this sort of thing if iPhones were on Verizon as well.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007

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