Streaming cable TV to a tablet has been a dream for more than a few A/V junkies, and now that's partially becoming a reality thanks to Elgato.
The company's new HDHomeRun PRIME app for the iPad 2 is now available on the App Store, and will work in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME line of CableCard-enabled network tuners to enable users to stream and record live premium cable TV to the iPad 2. Whether users want to watch the news in the kitchen while they make dinner, the baseball game on the patio on a warm evening, or late night TV without disturbing anyone, the HDHomeRun PRIME App enables viewing and recording of live cable TV anywhere in a home's Wi-Fi network.
The HDHomeRun PRIME device sends the TV signal straight to the HDHomeRun PRIME App, so there is no need for the user to turn on a computer., saving energy and adding to the ease of use that users have come to expect from Elgato products. In addition, the HDHomeRun PRIME App lets the user record programs directly to their iPad with the option of transferring those recordings from the iPad 2 to a Mac or PC.
Elgato's latest solution streams specific cable TV 'copy freely' channels to iPad 2. Users with Verizon FiOS or Comcast cable television have a particular advantage, since the majority of channels from these providers are sent with the 'copy freely' flag. Users also receive all the unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM) channels offered by their cable provider. The HDHomeRun PRIME App is available for the introductory price of $17.99 from the App Store on iPad 2, and users looking to learn a bit more can watch the video below.