Audiovox Electronics today launched Audiovox mobiletv, which the company claims is the first wireless mobile TV receiver to bring free live TV to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Essentially, it’s a portable TV antenna that hooks up to your smartphone or tablet.
What’s “free live TV”? Terrestrial broadcasts from local TV stations, such as your local NBC, FOX, ABC or CBS affiliate. Content will be provided by Dyle, which is operated by a joint venture of a dozen major broadcast groups that covers 38 markets and 57 percent of the U.S. Using the receiver and the Dyle mobile app for iOS and Android, you can watch live TV on your smartphone or tablet without an Internet or cellular connection. Check here to see if your area along with which of your local TV channels support Dyle. I checked my zipcode in Philadelphia and found that I could receive my local NBC, FOX and Qubo affiliates, which led me to ask: What’s Qubo? (It’s a children’s programming network.)
Audiovox mobiletv includes a program guide, pause/rewind, an internal battery that providing up to four hours of TV viewing, and a USB cable. Listed price is $130, although Audiovox appears to be selling the product on Amazon for $100. The Dyle app is “available with no subscription fee through the end of 2013.” Read into that what you will.
If you’re looking to catch your local team’s game, or watch your local news, or check out some of your broadcast network prime-time favorites on your smartphone or tablet, either in your home or during your commute, Audiovox mobiletv appears to be an intriguing option… if you live in the right place, that is.