Watch Broadcast TV on Your iPhone with the EyeTV Mobile
Last we heard, Dyle had a deal with Belkin. They were set to release a dongle that plugged into your iOS device (iPad or iPhone) and turn it into very small television capable of display terrestrial broadcasts. Belkin even had a non-working prototype on hand at CES 2012. Looks like that deal went south and instead Dyle sought partnership with Elgato.
While the form factor has changed the functionality has not. The EyeTV Mobile plugs into now older generation iOS devices (30-pin dock) and provides on air TV programming for up to 9-hours on your iPad or 4-hours on your iPhone. We’re hearing that NFL broadcasts will be barred due to some licensing snafu and that quality is a bit subpar, which is to say don’t expect HD quality.
The EyeTV Mobile could surely be a useful device when travelling, that is of course if it wasn’t almost $100. Sure, you’re not paying a monthly subscription to a service provider, but we would have hoped for a more wallet friendly price, such as $30-50. That being said, you’ll want to make sure Dyle, the folks that provide the content connection, have coverage in your area using their handy map.
Included is a telescoping antenna, a rod antenna with a magnetic base (think car), and a USB cable. If you want to use the MobileTV with your 5th gen iPhone, or really any iOS device with a Lightning connector, you’ll need to pick up an adapter.