The Good The Elgato EyeTV Mobile allows iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch models to stream some live TV channels. The viewing app is free, and there are no charges beyond the hardware price (at least through the end of 2013). A limited program guide is available, and viewing can be paused and rewound.
The Bad Most areas will have only a handful of over-the-air channels; newer iPads and iPhones require expensive and cumbersome Lightning adapters; there's no recording capability; and video fidelity is lackluster, especially on the iPad.
The Bottom Line The EyeTV Mobile delivers live over-the-air TV to iPads and iPhones, but the extremely limited channel selection is just the first of several reasons it's tough to recommend.
Live TV on your iPad comes up short on channels
This review was updated on December 6, 2012, with additional information and clarification on how long Dyle TV's service is guaranteed to be free.
The lush Retina Displays of the iPhone and iPad just beg for video to be watched on them, so it's no surprise that many people use them as de facto TVs. The problem, of course, is getting real, live TV programming onto those devices.
The latest device aiming to bridge that "TV on your iPad" gap is the Elgato EyeTV Mobile. It's a small antenna dongle that snaps onto older 30-pin iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch models, enabling them to access over-the-air digital TV signals -- no Internet access (nor monthly fees) required.