Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has announced the new EyeTV Netstream Sat, a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV in the European market. It streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house.
It connects to your existing satellite feed and sends the TV signal through your router. If you have a Wi-Fi Network, even iPads can access standard definition channels from EyeTV Netstream Sat. This direct connection between the network tuner and an iOS4 device requires iOS 4.2 and the new version of the EyeTV app, (version 1.2 is available in the Apple App Store). This EyeTV app feature also works with the DVB-T version of the network tuner, EyeTV Netstream DTT. EyeTV Netstream Sat ships on Nov. 22 at a price of 199,95 Euro. A dual-tuner add-on is sold separately.
The newly announced version 1.2 of the EyeTV App enables both EyeTV Netstream Sat and EyeTV Netstream DTT to stream SD channels over the local Wi-Fi network directly to iOS 4 devices (requires iOS4.2). DVB-S2 HDTV channels can be streamed via Wi-Fi or 3G/UMTS Internet connection provided a Mac with Elgato’s EyeTV 3 TV software is running as a local streaming server.
EyeTV Netstream Sat integrates well with your existing network. You can stream live TV, surf the web, and send email all at the same time. An “intelligent” device, EyeTV Netstream Sat offers centralized configuration via web browser and auto-discovery via UPnP & Bonjour.
Included is EyeTV 3, Elgato’s TV software for the Mac. With it you can watch, record, edit and enjoy live television on your Mac. Search two weeks of Program Guide listings, and export recordings automatically to iTunes to sync with Apple devices. EyeTV Netstream DTT works with Windows 7 Media Center and also includes THC software for Windows, which offers many of the same features as EyeTV 3.
EyeTV Netstream Sat requires a Mac with an Intel Core CPU and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. On PCs, EyeTV Netstream Sat requires Windows 7 and a 2.0 GHz Intel/AMD CPU or better. Network bandwidth must be high enough to allow for streaming of television signals (100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11n for wireless). Direct streaming to EyeTV for iPhone requires an iPad, an iPhone 4 or an iPod touch (4th generation.) A Mac or a PC is required for initial setup of EyeTV Netstream tuners.
EyeTV Sat Free ships in January 2011 at a suggested retail price of 99,95 Euro including VAT. You can buy directly from Elgato or most Mac retailers. The EyeTV app version 1.2 is available at the Apple App Store for 3,99 Euro. The app update is free of charge.