updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon May 24, 2010
Videos can be streamed to iPhones, iPads
Elgato has released the EyeTV HD, a new DVR peripheral for Macs. The device lets users record HDTV captured from cable and satellite signals. Receivers are mainly connected via a component input; the EyeTV outputs to a Mac via USB, and can also ingest video from composite and S-Video sources.
Video is saved in H.264 format, which makes it possible to automatically export to iTunes, and from there sync with Apple handhelds. Shows can in fact be captured in iPhone or iPad format at the same time, and streamed either live or recorded to devices running Elgato's $5 EyeTV app. iPad streaming will require Elgato's upcoming EyeTV 3.4 software update.
The EyeTV is being sold at Apple Stores and from the Elgato website. It costs $200, and requires a computer with Mac OS X 10.5.8, 2GB of RAM and a 2.26GHZ Core 2 Duo processor. Bundled is an IR remote, along with cables for USB, component and stereo connections, and a breakout for composite and S-Video inputs.