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Apple has apparently bent its own rules to rescind a ban on an iPhone app that allows users to stream TV over a 3G connection.

Elgato's EyeTV app allows Jesus Phone users to watch live TV and recordings received and stored by their Macs.

On Friday it was noticed that an unadvertised feature allows video streaming via a 3G network, which Apple's iPhone developer rules forbid.

Hours later on Saturday, EyeTV was pulled from the app store.

Elgato issued this statement: "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."

But today, the £2.99 EyeTV app has been restored, complete with 3G streaming capability. Previously downloaded copies haven't been remotely killed by Apple either.

When EyeTV was removed, Elgato said it expected Apple to approve a new version that would only allow streaming over Wi-Fi. It's unclear why Apple apparently decided to give the original version some leeway in the meantime, which would seem rather out of character. ®

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