Updated: EyeTV App Error Allows Streaming TV over 3G?

Unlike the recently redeemed VoIP, streaming TV over 3G to an iPhone is still a no-no according to AT&T's terms of service, but has an error (or "error") on the part of EyeTV [$4.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)] developer Elgato allowed them to go where SlingPlayer is still forbidden to tread?

Apparently so, if instead of tapping okay to dismiss the warning, you tap the message text instead. Then it's 3G away you go.

Of course, AT&T lets other devices use SlingPlayer over 3G, and of course Apple's YouTube app, and apps from Ustream and Stickam stream non-TV over 3G, so who while the whole policy makes the kind of sense that doesn't, it will be interesting to what reaction, if any, AT&T and Apple have to this little workaround...

Update: Apple has pulled EyeTV off the App Store. Elgato has issued the following statement to TotalApps:

“Some test code that enabled live TV streaming over the cellular network was accidentally left in the 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.”

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21 Comments
  • First!!! First time
  • Well, since Apple changed their policy and allows this in Apps now, I wouldn't expect Apple to do a thing. However, I'm sure AT&T will cry to them about it, and Apple may pull the App based on a technicality, like the fact that it is misleading, or doesn't function as intended.
  • I really hope all of these "First" people choke on a d ick
  • Is it easter already:P:P
  • um... isn't this kinda a moot point with 3GUnrestrictor out there bein its awesome lovable self? well, at least for us JB'ers... :)
  • Joe
    why so serious ? ....douchebag
  • id guess its a bug
  • we don't need to you say "First" or "Second" or whatever, that just tells everyone you are the first or second one we should point at and laugh, calling you a moronic waste of human fleshpiles... so ya... in the immortal words of Dr. Evil... um... "how bout NO, Scott!" (brought to you by 'jackasses off the blog' committees)
  • Why is it such a big deal??
    Orb has been around for a while now and it allows you to stream TV over 3G, WiFi and Edge....
  • http://iphone.tvcatchup.com/
    This just launched in the UK and works fine over 3G currently. It has 11 of the main UK channels available live with a 30 second delay. It's full screen, good quality too.
    (Those outside the UK probably won't get far clicking that link).
    Still can't use the Sling app except on wi-fi though. Makes no sense!
  • @TattoozNTech - Bump 3G Unrestrictor is awesome app!
  • 12TH!!! woohooo
  • Looks as if the app has already been taken off the App Store. The link seems to be broken and a search for the app doesn't bring up any results.
  • This entire "error" only requires two words.
    Simply. Ingenius.
  • Is it me or did eyetv just vanish from the AppStore????
  • @ imonaboat Ron jJeremy says it's just u douchebag.
    And ur a douchebag too moderator
  • The app is already been taken off the store - link doesn't work and search for app comes up with nothing ~ that didn't take long for Apple to squash.
  • still works on my iPhone
  • @ Loz
    Cheers for the link. It works brilliantly, lets hope sky one gets added soon ;).
  • I have been searching all above for all of this material. Luckily my partner and i found it on Yahoo.
  • I am very pleasedto see that you are putting so much of effort for encouraging the readers , Ohhh what do you all think about 3d tv?