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Elgato EyeTV Mobile: Turn your iPad 2 into a Freeview TV

Elgato’s EyeTV Mobile is a neat little device. In a nutshell, its a Freeview/DVB tuner that plugs in to the 30-pin port of your iPad 2 and lets you watch TV on the go. It uses the digital terrestrial signal, so its handy for watching TV if you don’t have a 3G-enabled iPad 2 or there’s no Wi-Fi going.

There’s an interactive EPG which lets you record live TV for later viewing, with programmes saved directly to the storage of your iPad and you’ve got the option to pause, rewind and play live TV as you would with a Freeview+ set top box.

Combined with the internal battery and the battery of the iPad, you’ve got 8 hours of TV watching time with the EyeTV Mobile.

At the latest Computers Unlimited event in London we caught up with Elgato’s Julian Fest who gave us a quick demo of the product and the app.

We’ve seen Elgato’s EyeTV Mobile device before. However the EyeTV Mobile and the app that saw last year wasn’t 100 per cent finished. This is the final version and it looks great.

We particularly liked that when you rotate the iPad ninety degrees and hold it in portait, Safari pops up underneath. This way you can search the web while you’re watching or log in to Twitter for some two-screen viewing action.

Check out our hands-on video below for a better idea of how the EyeTV Mobile works. The Elgato EyeTV Mobile is available to buy now from around £75 to £100.


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