Accessory Spotter: Elgato HDHomeRun Prime for iPad 2

Wondering how to stream and record live cable TV to your iPad? Well, it’s possible with Elgato’s HDHomeRun PRIME App. It’s software that works in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME CableCard to give users the ability to stream live cable TV to their iPad 2.

Things like these are handy when you want to watch TV and the spouse is asleep. Just put on some headphones and enjoy viewing from your iPad. Just as long as you are connected to your home network, you’re set.

What’s really neat about this particular setup is that you can record programs directly to the iPad 2 so long as the channels are flagged as ‘copy freely’. From there, they can be transferred to your Mac or PC.

It’s a cool concept as we sometimes miss our favorite shows.

We’ve checked out Elgato software before with Elgato Turbo. We discovered it while trying to figure out how to import video from our camera to iMovie in our iPad.

Check out HDHomeRun Prime: Here


Check out the press release below:

Elgato’s HDHomeRun® PRIME™ App for iPad 2 – Watch & Record Cable TV Wirelessly

San Francisco, Calif. – August 19, 2011 – Elgato today announced that its HDHomeRun® PRIME™ App for iPad 2 is available on the App Store. The App works in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME line of CableCard™-enabled network tuners, and it enables users to stream and record live premium cable TV to iPad 2. Whether you want to watch the news in the kitchen while you make dinner, or 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 your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Elgato’s HDHomeRun App and Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME together deliver premium television and DVR capabilities to iPad 2. 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. This saves energy and adds 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 2 with the option of transferring those recordings from the iPad 2 to a Mac or PC.

Elgato’s latest solution streams 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 a ‘copy freely’ flag. And naturally, users receive all the unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM) channels offered by their cable provider.

“With our new HDHomeRun PRIME App, we wanted to offer iPad 2 users even more accessibility to their favorite TV programming,” said Adam Steinberg, Elgato’s VP of Marketing. “Our HDHomeRun solution opens up a world of TV viewing options for users. Couple this with the fact that you don’t need a computer to enable the streaming of live TV to iPad 2, and the constraints of archaic TV watching are a thing of the past.”

“Elgato is an innovative leader for TV content control on Apple devices. Silicondust has collaborated for years with Elgato to ensure users the ability to control digital TV on their home network, using the HDHomeRun line of products,” said Theodore Head, Silicondust’s President / CEO. “This new app continues our vision of Freedom Across Your Home Network allowing you to Watch, Pause, Record Live Digital TV Anywhere in your home, and now from your iPad.”


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