updated 05:20 pm EDT, Mon September 24, 2007
EyeTV 2.5 Update released
Elgato today released EyeTV 2.5 Update with Wi-Fi access for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices, as well as the ability to record from Live Buffer. EyeTV 2 television software allows users to record content that is temporarily stored via timeshifting, and includes a one-click button for easy export of recordings to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. The latest release of EyeTV includes Freebox IPTV support, one-click iPhone export, and more. The update is available for free to current EyeTV 2 users, according to Elgato.
iPhone and iPod touch owners can access their library of EyeTV recordings and watch recorded shows over a local Wi-Fi network using the new update. The iPhone and iPod touch connect via Safari to a Web server running within EyeTV 2.5 to browse the EyeTV Archive and its playlists.
Record from Live Buffer
The timeshift buffer contains the portion of a TV show that lies in the past and was recently watched "live." EyeTV 2.5 can record this portion and store it as a complete recording. Users must navigate to the desired start point (by scrubbing in the timeline using the on-screen remote control, or rewinding, or jumping) and then click the red record button. The new recording will start from the actual playback position, according to Elgato. All navigational controls such as Pause, Rewind, and Fast Forward remain fully functional while recording from the live buffer until users decide to stop the recording.
IPTV Support for Freebox
EyeTV 2.5 adds support for watching live TV streamed over the local network from the Freebox -- an IPTV set-top box available in France for users with ADSL internet access from Free. The new feature is available to customers who purchased hardware by Elgato, or have purchased an EyeTV 2 retail or upgrade license.
One-Click-Export for iPhone and iPod Touch
Owners of Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices can export via mouse click to enable easy transfers of recorded television shows for later offline viewing. Users simply select the recording and click the new iPhone button in the EyeTV toolbar. EyeTV can also automatically export to iPhone when scheduled recordings are complete.
EyeTV 2.5 includes the option to have the playback window float in front of all other windows, always remaining the frontmost window and in front of other applications. The new option applies to live TV windows as well as recordings, and users can move or continuously resize the window with support for picture-in-picture functionality.
The update also contains numerous other enhancements like improved H.264 HDTV playback performance and timeshifting functionality for analog TV tuners without built-in hardware compression, such as the EyeTV Hybrid.