Preparing the Mac and iPhone
What’s interesting is that if you have Turbo.264 HD as I do (I use it for conversions because the hardware-driven USB device is both fast and independent of my Mac) you can add adaptive streaming to the list. Fancy word maybe, but what “adaptive streaming" does is well, OK you guessed it, “adapt" to the network transmission that the EyeTV hybrid device and EyeTV app are working with. I can’t say for sure that the quality is better than what I’d get without, but it does seem to have removed glitches and frame dropping that occurred previously when I wasn’t using the Turbo in conjunction. Turbo.264 HD isn’t a gift - you’ll pay a fair amount for it - but if you’re committing yourself to streaming it’s more than worthwhile to consider adding. Besides Elgato recommends using it when 3G is being accessed.
Now by “live TV" Elgato means what the EyeTV program on the Mac is seeing from the attached TV channel connection. But EyeTV also works with recordings already made - hence the different choices in the EyeTV apps menu. The EyeTV app lets you access, even turn on the EyeTV hybrid from afar and do such things as browse the TV program guide, view and edit recording schedules, start recordings or schedule them as desired - and of course play recordings.
Setting up the EyeTV app is fairly simple when it comes to working with your own wireless network the app provides details and help to get you going. You do have to be aware of firewalls and other bugaboos, but if you are willing to spend a few minutes without getting annoyed, you’ll soon take care of it. Since the EyeTV Hybrid manual is a PDF file you can stick it on your iPhone for referencing, but where is that multi-taking 4.0 when you need it?
Where things get a bit more involved is using EyeTV with the 3G cellular network. The process is a bit more complicated and I’m not ashamed to say that I sought help online and found details that outlined what to do from such sources as MacWorld and others. The bottom line is that the set up will work once you make your way through the necessary steps as well as parsing in those specifics that apply to your own particular situation.