Live TV on your iPhone – there’s a web app for that

Xavier Verhoeven
7 December, 2010
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MyTVR is a local service that lets you schedule recordings of TV shows, and watch them back at your leisure, all from the cloud – No TiVo or torrenting required.

David Braue reviewed the service last December, but a new feature added this week makes the service even more interesting. It’s called ‘Record and Play Now’, and promises exactly what you’d expect: near-live TV streaming to your iPhone wherever you are.

The basic premise of MyTVR has always been to allow you to login to your account from any web browser, and schedule a recording for any Australian free-to-air channel. Once that program has aired, the video is available for you to play back (complete with ads, as you would expect from a personal video recorder) whenever you want – on a Mac (or PC), iPad or iPhone. The service is free for half-an-hour of recording (which is great to try it out), or costs $5.85 per month for 5 hours and $7.85 for 12 hours.

The new feature – designed specifically for the iPhone, and still in beta – allows you to play back the recording as soon as it begins, meaning you can watch (and pause) near-live TV wherever you have an internet connection. ABC1, Seven, Nine, TEN and One Digital are currently available for ‘Record and Play Now’ watching. Image quality is better over Wi-Fi, but still watchable over 3G (just be careful not to use up all your monthly data).

You’ll never again have to miss an episode of Antiques Roadshow while you’re on the train home from work.

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