Elgato, the company well known for making TV tuners and the like for the Mac, is set to release an iPad accessory that will effectively turn an iPad 2 into a freeview television.

Aimed squarely at the European market, Elgato’s tuner will come complete with a telescopic aerial and will receive the DVB-T frequencies. A companion app will also be available in the App Store, which promises the ability to record live television using the dock connector tuner accessory…

“EyeTV Mobile is made specifically for your iPad 2. Simply connect it to the dock connector and open the EyeTV Mobile app (available on the App Store). The television signal comes straight from the miniature telescopic aerial so you don’t need an internet connection. You get unlimited live TV on your iPad 2 without touching your data plan.

Highlights

  • An easy-to-use iPad 2 TV tuner for live, mobile television anywhere
  • Provides a full range of TV viewing features including pause, rewind, and record
  • Receives and even records DVB-T radio transmissions directly to your iPad 2
  • Connects directly to the iPad 2 dock connector
  • Receives a DTT (Freeview) television and radio signal from the miniature telescopic aerial
  • No internet connection required, so it doesn’t touch your data plan”

As TiPB’s Chris Oldroyd points out, questions must be raised over the telescopic arial’s ability to hold onto a good signal, but if Elgato has managed to make it work properly, the £99.95 ($166) accessory could be a real hit amongst those who want to watch television while out and about.

Is the Elgato iPad 2 TV Tuner the kind of accessory that would interest you, or are into the online streaming scene?

  • Jamie

    I don’t get why this isn’t iPhone compatible aswell, if it only plugs into the dock why not ??

    • Tim Cook

      considering it is iPad 2 only (at the moment), one would assume it requires the A5 chip and possibly the dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics chip as well. So its possible that iPhone 5 and beyond might be compatible once they are released. It’s software would also have to be designed to support both screen sizes.

  • I LLLLLLOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE IT!!!! 🙂

    The only think I HATE is it is “only” for European Market???? WTF!

    Is there any word on when/if it will be available in the USA and Asian Markets???

    Also, was there a port for plugging in the power, so you don’t have to shut down if the battery goes down?

    – Eric

  • Chico

    this is stupid.

    I prefer my network tuner. It works just perfect and I don’t need this ridiculous antenna on it
    For the ones that don’t know what I’m talking about:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VEiFS9slsE

  • Chico

    You can fin it on ebay pretty for about $120

  • Chico

    this is stupid.

    I prefer my network tuner. It works just perfect and I don’t need this ridiculous antenna on it
    For the ones that don’t know what I’m talking about:

    h t t p : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 9 V E i F S 9 s l s E

  • Chico

    You can fin it on ebay for about $120.00

    • Jamie

      No need to double post both of your posts you douche, not to mention your comment isn’t really valid being that what you are advertising is useless for any1 wanting to watch tv when they are on holiday, on the train, at work etc

  • kurt

    this blog post is for all those who complain this site talks too much about relevant to the US only