LAS VEGAS--Looking for a little live TV on the go for your iPad? Well, later this year, as long as you live in the right coverage area, you'll be able to get live broadcasts delivered directly to your Apple mobile device with the Tivizen iUS-100 receiver from Korea-based Valups. The Mobile DTV accessory, which also works with the iPhone and iPod Touch, is scheduled to ship in June for $99 and will have a free companion app at launch.
In case you don't know what Mobile DTV is, it's a new mobile digital broadcast standard that's designed to allow you get TV on the go--even in a moving vehicle. The free service has already been rolled out in some test markets and will expand to other regions this year. A handful of standalone Mobile DTV-enabled devices are currently available (with more on the way) and certain noteboook computers, tablets, and smartphones are expected to have Mobile DTV chips embedded into them in the future--if the platform takes off.
The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) of America's broadcasters, which says it funded part of the development of the Tivizen receiver, maintains a city-by-city listing of Mobile DTV channels on the "Signal Map" tab of its Web site (www.OMVC.org) if you want to find out local broadcast plans for Mobile DTV in your area. Currently, OMVC says that 70 broadcasters are now transmitting Mobile DTV in the U.S.
The "direct-connect" Tivizen receiver comes with a rechargeable battery and offers 2.5 hours of Mobile DTV playback. That's not terrible, but it would obviously be one area where we'd like to see some improvement--more than 4 hours would be ideal.
Valups, which is also developing mobile TV products for other parts of the world (where different standards are in place), is also prepping a Wi-Fi version of the Tivizen, which it says will also be available later this year.