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Elgato brings EyeTV to iOS, Android devices on the go

updated 06:39 am EDT, Fri August 31, 2012

Elgato intros EyeTv for mobile devices at IFA

Elgato has brought its latest digital TV tuners to the iPhone, iPad and Android devices with two new mobile solutions for watching TV on the go. The new EyeTV Mobile is designed for iOS devices with its 30-pin dock connector, while the EyeTV Micro uses a microUSB connection to connect to most Android smartphones and tablets. The EyeTV Micro also has the added benefit of being compatible with notebooks and desktop PCs.

Both the EyeTV Mobile and the EyeTV Micro incorporate ultra-compact DVB-T TV tuners. Elgato claims that they are half the size of similar devices on the market, while they can both be used with different aerials to help users get an optimized whether on the move or when at home.

The EyeTV Mobile is compatible with the new iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, and iPhone 4S and are on sale in Europe now at a price of 90 ($143) through Elgato's online shop and resellers. The EyeTV Micro will work with Android devices with a dual-core CPU, NEON support and running Android 4.0.3 'Ice Cream Sandwich' or higher for 55 ($87) with availability in September.

By Electronista Staff


  1. efithian

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    There is no DVB-T in the US.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by efithianView Post

    There is no DVB-T in the US.

    Which might explain why the article mentions its availability in Europe?

    weird, though: the eyetv mobile has been on sale here Germany for months now.

  1. efithian

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    Joined: 04-21-04

    This may be an ATSC version for the US, although the info doesn't say that. It is supposed to be released for the US sometime in 2012. Until then there are select cities.
    From the Elgato website:

    [COLOR=blue]Elgato has extensive experience in implementing the newest chip technology in state-of-the-art solutions. In Europe and Japan, EyeTV Mobile has already proven to be the best way to enjoy DVB-T and ISDB-T over-the-air broadcasts on the iPad 2. In the United States, Mobile TV utilizes the ATSC-M/H standard, which will roll out in 2012.

    Update, June 18, 2012: Elgato has entered into an agreement with the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) that EyeTV Mobile hardware and the EyeTV Mobile app will be certified as "Dyle enabled". EyeTV users will be able to watch encrypted, live TV broadcasts from Dyle partner stations along with unencrypted mobile TV from other broadcasters.

    Dyle™ mobile TV is the consumer-facing brand launched by MCV to deliver live mobile television content from 18 major broadcast groups including Pearl LLC (Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media) as well as Fox, ION Television, Univision, Bahakel, LIN, Telemundo, ABC, CBS and NBC.

    EyeTV users will be able to enjoy live news, sports, and entertainment programming on their iOS devices on-the-go through Dyle mobile TV. At launch, content for Dyle enabled devices will be available from more than 90 stations in 35 markets, reaching approximately 55 percent of the U.S. population.[/COLOR]

    I checked with the Philadelphia location and there are three stations available; ION, Fox, NBC.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    With the dock connector on the way out (if the rumors are to be believed), this is incredibly bad timing to release a product like this.

  1. aristotles

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    Originally Posted by Jeronimo2000View Post

    With the dock connector on the way out (if the rumors are to be believed), this is incredibly bad timing to release a product like this.

    You are right because all of those millions of existing iPhone 4 and 4S users are just going to dump their existing phones and upgrade to the new iPhone right? Also, all existing iPad owners will also stop using their devices as well.

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