The compact device is neatly designed – it looks like a small wireless router, as it has two aerials that provide wireless networking capabilities. It also has an Ethernet port, along with two Freeview TV tuners and additional inputs for Composite and S-video signals as well.
You simply plug your TV aerial into the Broadway 2T and then use its Ethernet interface to connect it to your home network. While the initial setup process requires an Ethernet connection, you can switch to wireless once that’s done, and the Broadway 2T can then stream the live TV signal to any device on your home network. It has two separate tuners, so it can stream different channels to two different devices simultaneously. Picture quality is generally good.
You don’t need any special software or apps to use the Broadway 2T. It streams the live TV signal through a web browser, which means that you can simply use Safari on any Mac or iOS device – or any browser on a PC too – to watch TV.
Everything up to this point is very easy and Mac-like. Unfortunately, things get messy when you start to delve a bit deeper. There’s a remote access option that allows you to view TV over the internet, but this requires you to adjust the port settings on your broadband router. That could be confusing for non-technical users, and the help files on the PCTV website weren’t very helpful.
Our biggest issue with the Broadway 2T, though, is that it only allows you to watch live TV as it is being broadcast. There’s no option for Mac or iOS users to record shows to watch whenever it suits them. There is a recording program called TV Center supplied with the Broadway 2T, but this runs on Windows PCs only.
A TV tuner costing almost £200 should surely allow you to record TV shows too. The fact that the recording software with the Broadway 2T only runs on Windows PCs suggests that PCTV Systems hasn’t quite got the hang of the Mac way of doing things yet.