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iPutz
Apr 12, 2011, 07:45 AM
Does anyone know if there are TV Receiver/Tuners that can be plugged into an iPad to allow you to watch broadcast TV shows? I once had a small handheld LCD TV (that became obsolete once digital was mandated) that was great to take to sporting events, etc. Seems like the same could be accomplished with an iPad.



cavemonkey50
Apr 12, 2011, 07:49 AM
Take a look at EyeTV: http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/promotions/2010-Dec-liveTV-iPad.en.html

It's a tuner that plugs into your Mac and there is a iPhone/iPad app that works with it to stream live / recorded TV right to your iOS device.

Chupa Chupa
Apr 12, 2011, 07:51 AM
I don't know of a specific hardware tuner that connects to the iPad but I use Slingbox which works fine on my iPhone and iPad. (I use the iPhone app though, not the iPad app b/c I didn't feel like paying twice.) You hook the Slingbox to your TV and then you watch from your iDevice as long as you have a 3G or WiFi connection. You can also control the TV from the app and if you have a DVR you can control that too.

franmatt80
Apr 12, 2011, 08:07 AM
This would be a great idea. I'd love to be able to use my iPad as a TV when my partner and I are sailing - we can never get 3G/ Wifi, so would need hardware to make that happen. It's such as tiny boat, the iPad would be the perfect sized TV on the wall....

Edit: Looks like it does exist....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Equinux-Wireless-Tuner-iPhone-Touch/dp/B004FM23O0

himesh
Apr 13, 2011, 04:51 AM
+1 for the Tizi, friend of mine has one, its pretty good as long as you live in an area with good signal. Works with iPad iPhone and iPod Touch as well (only one at a time though)

'73-B
Apr 13, 2011, 02:15 PM
+1 for the EyeTV by Elgato. I have one connected to a Mac Mini that serves as my media server. The EyeTV is connected to an antenna and I get great quality HD reception. I use the EyeTV app on my iPad to watch TV anywhere you have an internet connection.

rkdiddy
Apr 13, 2011, 05:28 PM
Thanks to the OP for creating this thread. I had no idea Elgato had an app to stream content. I've found myself numerous times thinking - I really wish I could watch TV on my iPad. I've been forced to watch ABC shows, because of their app.

I will give this a shot when I get home. :D

iPutz
Apr 13, 2011, 08:20 PM
Unfortunately I was hoping to find a device that would attach to the iPad and receive broadcast TV signals without them being streamed from another computer. You know, like a real TV.

franmatt80
Apr 14, 2011, 02:06 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

That's just what the Tizi does through creating its own Wifi network- no internet access or other computer needed - check it out (link above)

KylePowers
Apr 14, 2011, 02:31 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

That's just what the Tizi does through creating its own Wifi network- no internet access or other computer needed - check it out (link above)
Pretty cool!

Does this work in the states? Anywhere you can get a broadcast signal I assume? Are there websites out there to check what signals/stations broadcast in your area?

I'm moving into a new apartment this fall and I won't be having cable (too expensive, really)... so this would be a neat alternative.

macimby
Apr 18, 2011, 07:11 PM
Edit: Looks like it does exist....
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Equinux-Wireless-Tuner-iPhone-Touch/dp/B004FM23O0+1, but doesn't seem available for USA. Most of the time, though, I'm happy enough with my SlingBox SOLO + $30 app (including *all* my cable network channels and DVR recordings).

CK Seal Beach
Apr 18, 2011, 07:46 PM
EyeTV HD is the bomb, definitely my favorite accessory for the iPad. Not just for the viewing live TV, but because I can also record & rip my favorite shows to sync onto my iPad... means I always have content even without any internet, like on a plane.

Elgato EyeTV HD (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/EyeTV-HD/product1.en.html)

Iceage
Apr 18, 2011, 08:08 PM
I use a sling box + sling box app and it works great!:)

MICHAELSD
Apr 18, 2011, 11:47 PM
Tizi is a smartly-designed product, but too expensive for the limited channels you'll receive. You're better off with EyeTV streaming from your Mac and an app like Xfinity to access tons of On Demand content.

franmatt80
Apr 22, 2011, 11:58 AM
A new Product from Elgato too- Tivizen. Same concept of a tuner which you connect wirelessly to. No Internet connection required.

boersenman
Mar 24, 2012, 07:43 AM
Tizi is better than tivizen!