• Apple Yanks EyeTV App

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    If you haven't already noticed, EyeTV is nowhere to be found this weekend in Apple's App Store. The latest offering from Elgato Systems has officially been yanked by Apple.

    And Elgato is taking responsibility for their mistake that prompted the snafu.

    The disappearance occurred only hours after MacRumors began reporting the discovery of "an easter egg in EyeTV iPhone application that allowed users to stream live TV to their devices over 3G wireless networks."

    While the workaround had been present since the application's launch late last month, it hadn't gained significant publicity until yesterday, and Apple quickly moved to pull the application from the App Store due to its agreement with AT&T not to allow television signals to be "redirected" to mobile devices.
    Live TV streams are anathema to both Apple and AT&T, unless of course they take place over Wi-Fi, not the 3G network.

    While the ability to watch streaming TV via the EyeTV app has existed since the app was formally launched in September, no one really noticed - including Apple - until the last few days. (Something tells me, however, that more than a few users were well-aware of this functionality and tried to keep it quiet before anyone noticed.)

    Elgato's Mike Evangelist responded to the yanked app and Apple's complaint by saying that the streaming functionality was an error on their part and that active steps will be taken to resolve the issue and return EyeTV to the app store as quickly as possible.

    "Some test code that enabled live TV streaming over the cellular network was accidentally left in the EyeTV app. Apple requested that we remove the code since their agreement with AT&T does not allow redirecting TV signals over the cellular network. The code was removed and a 1.0.1 version of the EyeTV app was submitted. We expect EyeTV to return to the App Store when the 1.0.1 version is approved."
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