Watching Live TV on an iPad or iPhone

Most people that I know own at least 1 television set and these days it’s usually a wall-mounted plasma of at least 40 inches. When I watch TV it really is “on the small screen”. All my viewing is done on my MacBook Pro or my iPad or iPhone. Connected to my MacBook Pro I have an Elgato EyeTV DTT, a USB TV tuner/recorder. I usually have the app’s window sized to about 6 inches, though if there’s something exciting on I might hit the “Enter Full Screen” key! In addition to allowing me to watch and record live TV, it comes with software that converts the proprietary .eyetv files (generated when you record a programme) to various formats including M4V – which means that I can watch the recording on an iPhone or iPad. There is also an EyeTV app for the iPhone and iPad which allows you to, amongst other things, stream live TV to your device. As long as your iPad/iPhone is connected to the same WiFi network as your Mac(s), when you run the app it displays a list of all Macs on your network that have the EyeTV software installed. Tap the name of the Mac whose TV you want to stream. If the EyeTV software is not running on the Mac that you select, it asks if you want to start the EyeTV running. From the menu on the left, you can choose whether to watch live TV, watch a programme that you have previously recorded, display a list of future programmes that are scheduled for recording on the Mac (you can cancel...

Installing Lion in VMWare Fusion 3

I’ve not yet "upgraded" my 17 inch MacBook Pro (my "main machine" as I call it) to Lion. There’s a number of reasons for this – too many to go into here, but I think it’s probably a case of if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. I know I’m going to have to do it sooner or later as at some point they’ll be some software that I can’t live without that will only work on Lion. But for the moment my Lion experience is limited to my 13 inch MacBook which was upgraded the day that the new OS was launched. The MacBook is 4 years old and runs like a lame dog. It always has done to be honest. There’s no way I could seriously use Final Cut or Photoshop on it for example. It does have VMWare Fusion installed but if I want to run my Vista VM or my Windows 7 VM, forget it. I installed Lion on it, "because I’m an Apple Geek" and because I didn’t want to be left out. I’d already gone on record at the MacBites Live event when Lion was demo’d and also on MacBites episode 51 as saying that there was nothing in it for me. However, it’s always handy to have an installation of Lion to tinker with plus, as a Podcast Host, I regularly have to check out some piece of software which no doubt will come with a 30-day trial at the end of which I’ll have to either buy it or remove it. So I decided the way forward was to create...