New Accessory Brings Free Broadcast TV to iPad, No Wi-Fi Required

Will the iPad’s second screen status become a thing of the past? The creators of Elgato EyeTV Mobile Accessory think so. Together with Dyle mobile TV, a live broadcast service from the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), Elgato is bringing broadcast TV to the iPad.

Because it pulls programming from the airwaves using an antenna that plugs into the iPad’s dock, the EyeTV Mobile TV tuner might be just what aspiring cord-cutters or anyone who no longer has an unlimited data plan are looking for.

“This is an exciting time for us as we, together with Elgato, continue to expand Dyle mobile TV to a broader group of consumers, who can turn their existing smartphones and tablets into a handheld TV set,” said Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, co-General Managers of MCV.

“We’re thrilled to bring Dyle mobile TV to the iPad’s beautiful screen,” added Markus Fest, CEO of Elgato. “Users will be able to enjoy a broad range of TV shows and events on-the-go without ever touching their data plans.”

Users can pause a live TV stream and watch up to 9 hours of TV on a fully charged iPad. The tuner comes with two different antennas a miniature telescopic antenna for great reception on the go, and a rod antenna for areas with poor reception.

The unit, which retails for $99.95, includes an EyeTV Mobile TV tuner, miniature telescopic antenna, rod antenna, and USB cable. The unit’s complimentary iOS app is available as a free download on the App Store.

Check’s coverage map to see if the service is available in your area. At present service is limited to major metropolitan areas in the US, and only certain channels are available. For example, in the greater NYC area, viewers can choose from Fox, NBC, WPXN, and Telemundo.

The only down side? A user whose device includes a lightning connector will have to fuss with the pricey adapter to plug the EyeTV tuner into his iPad dock.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite