Escort MobileTV

The Good The compact design of the Escort MobileTV makes it easy to carry around as a way to add television functionality to an iOS device. The associated IDTV app is free, and includes a program guide.

The Bad Programming for the MobileTV is limited to the Dyle network, and reception came in consistently for only about half of the available channels.

The Bottom Line With its limited programming and reception, the Escort MobileTV will satisfy only a small segment of people who desire a portable television.

Editors' Rating
4.7 Overall

Review

Turn your iPhone into a TV

The iPhone effectively replaced digital cameras and GPS devices, and now Escort MobileTV extends its reach to portable televisions. The MobileTV accessory works with iPhones and iPads, letting them receive broadcast television signals from the Dyle television network.

The MobileTV, essentially identical to the previously reviewed Elgato EyeTV Mobile, is a blocky little device with a 30-pin iPhone connector on one end and an antenna on the other. Despite the 30-pin connector, Escort says it needs an iPhone 4 or newer, ruling out its use with earlier iPhones. Likewise, it will only work with the fourth-generation iPod Touch or newer, but supports all iPads. For newer iOS devices, it needs the 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter.

There is also a Mini-USB port for charging on the end of the MobileTV accessory, as the device relies on an internal battery. A red LED on the black device shows when it is charging.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Escort Inc.
  • CE Product Type ATSC tuner module
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