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Apple Pulls EyeTV App Over 3G Streaming

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eyetvapp_warningAlthough El Gato’s EyeTV app has been able to stream content over AT&T’s (s att) seemingly fragile 3G network since last month, it wasn’t until this past weekend that people were talking about it. That talk, at Gizmodo, was followed by swift and decisive action by Apple (s aapl). EyeTV is no more at the App Store.

For those who don’t know, the EyeTV app accesses content from an EyeTV, the company’s television recording device, attached to a Mac, and sends it to an iPhone. As the pictured warning from the app clearly states, a Wi-Fi connection is required. However, tapping the warning text instead of the “OK” button enables streaming over a cellular connection.

Unfortunately, that’s a violation of AT&T’s terms of service in the U.S. and Apple’s policy everywhere else. Just last month, another video streaming app, SlingPlayer, was released in Europe, still shackled to Wi-Fi only. Sad, but those are the rules, which makes you wonder why El Gato broke them. According to Julio Ojeda-Zapata of Your Tech Blog, El Gato says “test code” was “accidentally left in the EyeTV app.” El Gato has already resubmitted a version of the EyeTV app without the offending code.

Personally, I applaud El Gato for its user-friendly sloppiness. The real error here is allowing telecommunication companies to regulate content on any network.

7 Responses to “Apple Pulls EyeTV App Over 3G Streaming”

  1. Sure it’s their network. It’s their marketing too, though. If they tell you have X GB of bandwidth per month, I expect to be able to use that bandwidth as freely as I want (or nearly).

  2. The problem is all the carriers get together and block…leaving your only option to move to a new country. There is a glimmer of hope with the government backing net neutrality and 4G networks coming out in a year or so.

    • The whole point about “safe harbour” protection is that you don’t know what is being carried by your network. Either network operators are in the business of taking responsibility for every packet on their network (which they _really_ don’t want to do) or they aren’t.

      It grates when they try to have it both ways, and it grates even more when Apple lets them.