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How to watch TV on iPhone and iPad: Elgato EyeTV gets a bit smaller

As well as finally launching an EyeTV Micro device for the hungry Android faithful, Elgato has announced a new, smaller EyeTV device for iPhone and iPad.

Roughly half the size of any other mobile digital TV tuner, the new EyeTV for iOS devices will cost €99.95 (£78.95) when they go on sale later this month.

Eye TV Mobile app for iOS has been around for awhile now and the app has had some fancy updates since launch.

How to watch TV on iPhone and iPad: Elgato EyeTV gets a bit smaller

You can record shows and save them to your iPhone/iPad for later watching, even when the app is running in the background. You can also open up Safari when you’re holding your device in portrait mode, making tweeting while watching TOWIE/Question Time/Cash in the Attic easier – second screening on one screen.

The Elgato EyeTV is basically a portable DVB-T tuner with a 30-pin Apple connection. Hopefully in the future we’ll see an EyeTV device sith DVB-T2 tuners which would let us get Freeview HD on our lovely Retina Display new iPads.

Speaking of which, the new EyeTV is fully compatible with the new iPad (iPad 3) as well as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Let’s hope that the iPhone 5 due to be unveiled next week will work as well…


September 5, 2012


How can I watch TV on iPhone and iPad?

BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer apps for iPhone and iPad let you stream live and catch-up TV over 3G and WiFi and now also let you download programmes to watch for later viewing.
iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches capable of running iOS 5.1 or higher can download the BBC iPlayer app. With iOS 5.1, you’re also able to stream programmes to your TV using Apple AirPlay.

The BBC iPlayer app is free to download from the App Store here.

ITV Player

The ITV Player app lets you watch catch-up programmes from ITV1 (where available), ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV. Only live streams of ITV1 and ITV2 are available. Live TV can be watched over 3G or WiFi, but catch-up/on-demand content is only available over WiFi connections.

The iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S can download ITV Player, as can the first iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad. iPod Touches (3rd and 4th generation) can also download ITV Player.

iPhone 4S’s iPad 2’s and new iPads running iOS5 or higher can make use of AirPlay mirroring to enjoy ITV Player on Apple TV.

Download ITV Player from the App Store here.


4oD lets you catch up on a selection of programmes shown on Channel 4, E4 and More4 shown over the last 30 days as well as an archive of other popular content. There are no live streams of shows, but certain shows are available to download (buy) on iTunes to keep.

Programmes can only be watched over WiFi, though you can browse the app over 3G and WiFi. 4oD works on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 4.3 or higher.

Download 4oD from the App Store here.

Demand 5

Demand 5 gives you up to 30 days access to a wide range of programmes from Channel 5, 5* and 5USA.

Programmes need to be streamed over WiFi to work and there’s not yet an option to download for offline viewing.

The Demand 5 app is available to download on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 4.2 or higher.

Download Demand 5 from the App Store here.

Sky Go

Sky subscribers can sign in with their Sky iD on the Sky Go app for iPhone, iPads and iPod Touch. Sky Go brings a selection of live channels and on-demand content based on your Sky TV package. So if you’ve got Sky Movies or Sky Sports as part of your subscription you’ll be able to watch films and football on the go.

Programmes can be streamed over 3G or WiFi with a minimum 2Mbps speed for Sky Go to work. Sky Go works on devices updated to iOS 4.3 or higher.

Download Sky Go from the App Store here.

Sky Sports for iPad

Sky Sports for iPad is a dedicated iPad app that not only lets you watch live sport on your iPad but brings in extra additional information such as car grid positions for Formula 1 races, multiple camera angles, Twitter chatter and highlights all from one screen.

Other features of the app include TV guide integration which lets you set reminders with Sky Remote Record and review the next three programmes on a particular channel.

Sky Sports for iPad is free to download and requires you to be updated to iOS 5.0 or later.

Download Sky Sports for iPad here.

Virgin Media TV Guide and Virgin Media Anywhere

Virgin Media doesn’t yet have an iOS app that lets you watch TV on the go but the Virgin Media TV Guide at least lets TiVo customers set recordings remotely. You can also use this app at a glance to check for what programmes are on at a glance whether you’ve got a TiVo box or not.

Virgin Media Anywhere is a forthcoming iPad app that will let you access a mixture of on-demand and live TV, based on your Virgin Media TV subscription. The latest ETA for this app is October 2012.

The Virgin Media TV Guide app can be downloaded here and requires iOS 4.0 to work.