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Elgato's HDHomeRun Prime App for iPad 2 lets users watch TV

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Fri August 19, 2011

Elgato intros iPad 2 app for watching premium TV

Elgato has detailed the upcoming release of its HDHomeRun Prime App for the iPad that will allow users to stream and record live premium cable TV. It works together with the Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime line of CableCard-enabled network tuners and requires a cable TV subscription. A Wi-Fi network is also required, and all content is restricted to standard definition content, though the app downsamples HD content to make sure it's still accessible.

The home PC is not involved in the equation, so it doesn't need to be running. The set-up allows users to record programs directly to an iPad and then transfer those recordings from the tablet to a Mac or PC. Only unprotected cable TV channels and content can be streamed, however. Verizon FiOS and Comcast offer a large part of their video in the format. Unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM) channels also work.

The app also lets users pause live TV. The required HDHomeRun Prime costs $250. When the app arrives at the App Store, it will cost $18.

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  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Nice but still old-school.

    The home PC is not involved in the equation, so it doesn't need to be running.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Apple wants to leapfrog the whole cable TV -> tuner -> digital recording concept. With apps, AirPlay, and Apple TV. Steve Jobs said he would need to "tear up" the current set-top box to re-invent TV. And all the building blocks are in place.

    Major League Baseball? App for that. CNN? App for that. "Lost" reruns? Live concerts? Megan Fox channel? There could easily be apps for all that. Apps that can run on iPhone and iPad that can stream live or pre-recorded content directly to your TV. No need for cable or satellite TV, no need to punch channel numbers into your remote or to program your TiVo. Just tap and play.

    Yes, there's a whole industry built around filling the TV gap in Apple's product line. For watching and recording TV shows on Apple devices. It's the holy grail for Apple (and many other tech companies.) And just like everything else Apple does, they're gradually building the infrastructure to get there. Just a matter of time.

  1. davlab

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    Joined: Jul 2006


    HDHomeRun CableCard

    I thought the whole purpose of CableCard was to get the encrypted channels on your device. Even though it was federally mandated, the cable companies continue to thwart efforts to provide a third party system to receive the channels you are paying for. The FCC isn't doing their part to make it happen.

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