Vulkano Flow is an accessory that allows users to stream TV shows and movies to their smartphone or tablet. A new software update has added a significant feature: the ability to now record programs directly on the mobile device.
This peripheral from Monsoon Multimedia is made of up a peripheral that hooks to the user’s cable box, converts the incoming video, and then sends it over the Internet to a mobile app. There are versions for Android, BlackBerry and iOS (iPhone and iPad).
Previously, it could only handle live programming, but the new version of Vulkano Flow is now capable of acting like a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Programs can be recorded to watch later.
This accessory has offered place shifting, letting people watch whatever is on their home TV wherever they are in the world. The update adds time shifting, letting them watch their shows when it’s convenient. “Consumers are making smartphones and tablets an essential part of their everyday lives and are expecting to view and browse the TV content that they pay for at their leisure, no matter where they are in the world,” said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon.
Price and Availability
The Vulkano Flow hardware costs $99, and can be purchased at myvulkano.com or Fry’s Electronics, Amazon, and MicroCenter. It comes with software for Windows and mac OS X, but the smartphone/tablet app is $12.99.