EyeTV Easter Egg Enables Streaming Over 3G [Update: Feature Removed]

An easter egg has been discovered in Elgato’s recent EyeTV iPhone application [App Store, $4.99] for streaming video that enables streaming over the cellular 3G network. Apparently the feature was hidden well enough not to be discovered by Apple’s app reviewers.

The discovery was reported by Electricpig:

Elgato’s EyeTV app requires you register your Mac to its free My EyeTV service in order to tap into broadcasts outside the house, but use it when your iPhone has only a 3G connection and you’ll see an error pop up, warning that “Live TV playback requires a Wi-Fi network connection.”

Tap the OK button, and the app will act as if it can’t receive broadcasts. However, tap the text of the warning message instead, and the Eye TV app will stream live TV over a 3G connection.

Update: Soon after the news broke, Apple removed the application at AT&T’s request, and a new version of the app without the 3G streaming functionality has been re-submitted. Elgato issued the following statement in an email to Pioneer Press:

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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