As if the iPad was not enough to provide you with some great entertainment, watching TV live on the Apple tablet takes things to a new high. Now live TV on the iPad isn’t a new concept (as EyeTV from Elgato has been providing us with that for some time now). It’s not as exciting as it sounds, however. EyeTV worked on the basis of streaming from a separate computer, which means the iPad won’t be a mobile device. As long as you are watching TV, you remain tied to a computer.
Now here is something that makes things even more simple, a small sleek device and its all that is needed to have all your favorite programs on the iPad live. It’s the TIZI and it is compact, standalone, has 3.5 hours of battery life, includes a USB port which means it can be charged thru a USB power source and is compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, and the latest generation iPod Touches.
The way it works is this. The TIZI, which is small enough to fit into your pockets or even your palm packs in an ARM 9 processor that decodes the local DVB-T/DT signals that the device pulls in. It then transmits them to the iPad (or iPhone) via 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. So all you have to do is, switch on the TIZI, deploy its antenna and start the corresponding app in the iPad. Also, the accompanying Tizi app includes an on-screen channel guide as well. What’s more, the app also allows you to multitask, which ensures you always have better things to do during commercials.
Price wise, the TIZI will lessen you by $150 though that’s only within select European countries as of now. However, the TIZI app is right now available in the US Apple App Store for free download. And that keeps the expectation going, it might pop up on the American horizon any day.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email