Here at WGS we’ve talked a lot of about the convenience of network-based tuners, which allow you to pass a signal from your TV antenna around your home network and watch Live TV on any computer. To date, Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun has been the product of choice, and has remained unchallenged for a number of years (check out our reviews of the UK and US versions of the product). That’s all set to change with Broadway by PCTV Systems which is a network TV receiver with twin DVB-T tuners.
Whilst at first glance, Broadway may seem very similar to HDHomeRun, it adds two big features – firstly, it offers both wired and wireless network connections, pushing out TV over 802.11n Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection in the home. Secondly, Broadway ships with PCTV’s DistanTV software, which will stream Live and recorded TV remotely over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. Indeed, as TV is viewed in the browser, you should be able to stream to a host of devices remotely as long as they can decode H.264.
If you’re concerned about remote streaming speeds, then you’re not alone – it was the first question I asked Jörn Lembke, PCTV’s General Manager on Saturday. Jörn told me that the Broadway converts the DVB-T live signal to the more compact H.264 format before streaming it wirelessly, and checks the device it is streaming to as well as bandwidth available before adapting the streaming bitrate accordingly.
Check out this short demo video from iphonia.it of the Broadway in action.
As an existing HDHomeRun user, I’ll be very interested in checking Broadway out when it’s released later in the year, and we’re hoping to get a review unit as soon as possible. PCTV told me to expect pricing to be under 200 € at launch.