Gadget maker Elgato has teamed up with broadcast service provider Dyle to create a device that allows you to watch television offline where every you want. We told you about this exciting new gadget back in August. The device is finally ready to ship today.
The EyeTV Mobile device is a Dyle mobile TV-compatible tuner that can plug directly into your iPad’s 30-pin dock connector and turn it into a receiver for ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) standard signals. You don’t need Internet access. It won’t cut into your cellular data usage. The device connects you directly to Dyle Mobile TV.
The tiny tuner connects to your iPad or iPhone using a 30-pin connector and receives a TV signal through a miniature telescopic antenna. Users can access available channels through the free EyeTV Mobile app. If you have a current-generation device sporting the Lightning connector, you’ll want to invest in that 30-pin adapter for gadgets like this.
It’s like having “rabbit ears” for your iPad. Just plug it in and start watching. The device only works in selected areas that are covered by Dyle TV, so be sure to check your coverage area before you buy the device. In my area, PBS is the only station available. I love PBS, but I’m not going to buy a special device just so I can watch one channel when I’m not in a Wi-Fi area.
The EyeTV Mobile television tuner cost $99.95 and ships today from Elgato’s website.