WiFi Digital TV tuner for tablet/phone – REVIEW

A look at a pocket TV Tuner which receives Freeview and transmits it via WiFi to a smartphone or tablet.
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Note: The free eye TV app will not work with this:
The EyeTV version of the app is free – *but* the EyeTV app looks for a WiFi network with a name like “Eye TV W 000612” but since my TV device transmits the WiFi name “Meron_320029” the EyeTV app won’t recognise it. So the choice is to pay £20 more and get a free app or pay £20 less then buy a £2.99 app. Or – don’t bother doing any of this. Perhaps go for a nice walk or something.

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Comments

Grid21 says:

The funny thing is, when I searched American Amazon website, I can’t find these devices, so apparently this is a UK only device. Kinda a shame really because it seemed pretty cool.

pmailkeey says:

Just the opposite of what I want – WiFi to TV adaptor. So WiFi in RF (or SCART) out.

rybaluc says:

Unfortunately according to tech specs it is DVB-T / ISDB-T only so it not supports DVB-T2 which is crucial right now. Device is pretty much unusable in a nearest future in some european states as DVB-T has been phased out. For example in Czech republic next year DVB-T TV broadcast will be slowly turned off (switchover take 2 years) in favor of DVB-T2. In UK there is one mux transmitting on DVB-T2 and another one was allocated by Ofcom.

CowsRus says:

If I had found that the app had a charge, I would have returned it to Amazon and left a very negative review. It’s not much better than a scam. I’d never give money to a company who trick you into paying more than the price of the product. They know full well that most people will just pay it.

Sal khan says:

Chuck it in the bin

Lets NOT Play With Electricity says:

Do you need a loicense for that box m8?

amcluesent says:

Mine arrived today, 125 channels, perfect picture on the iPad. Sweet!

XXCoder says:

Does it support captioning?

Federico AE says:

What is a chunner? XD

breadmoth says:

oi mate, you got a loicense for y’our tablet/phone tv tuner there mate?

konatadesuka says:

I bought around 3 years ago a similar device. It is basically the same thing but in a different package. It is called Azumi TV, the app it uses is the same from Siano but it is free on Android.
The hardware comes from a company called Siano Mobile Silicon and they make digital tuners for laptops.
Mine works with the ISDB-T standard and it is HD capable. I recall watching the olympics years ago in 1080i on my tablet.
Haven’t used it since as the reception is poor, same as battery life and for some reason it does not pick up all the ISDB-T channels we have broadcasting where I live.

Jacob Kenney says:

This inspired me to download Pluto TV

Sean G says:

Wrong type of antenna… if you use one that’s circular it would probably work better. Idk maybe maybe not.

Jacob Kenney says:

What the ef. They broadcast Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders in Britain? That seems rude.

John Riches says:

You’re costing me money – again!
Just picked this up on eBay for £25.46. Advertised at £29.99 but 15% discount applied at checkout. Also, it’s supposed to be shipping from UK.
Great channel

George White's vinyl city says:

That’s so neat!

Epic Adrian 3D says:

Got one on Mecari here in Texas for like $12 USD. Works the same way. Edits called MagicTV here

KentAllard says:

It would probably be a bit handier if it was something that plugged directly into the tablet and was flush with it so you could seamlessly carry around and hold the two

jhonbus says:

Thank you for my periodic reminder of why I don’t watch broadcast tv any more.

Andreas Nyman says:

The security risk with the WiFi is that someone could access any security faults in your phone and then might be able to access your private information. And maybe install a backdoor and then access your home network when you connect to it and then your computer. This wouldn’t be an attack towards a specific person but an attack to any open network and any connected device. ALWAYS protect yourself with a password, and throw out any device that can’t be protected.

siemenstraffic says:

At 5.29.. The reason he bough the WiFi Digital TV tuner… Those dirty movies channels..

upinarms79 says:

I think most of the reason people stopped going to high-end audio shops and relying oru “professional” opinion when buying equipment is that they keep getting told that they “don’t know what they really want” by some industry sales jockeys that were more concerned with selling them the most expensive thing they had in inventory rather than addressing the actual wants, needs, and concerns of the customers. It’s one thing to help the customer make an educated purchase but another entirely to try to ram something down someone’s throat who already knows what they want and then insult them in the process because you wanted to turn a profit more than you wanted to help a customer find what they needed. You have to be willing to accept that many people now have a budget and trying to shame them into spending more money isn’t conducive to a good sales experience. Yes, quality costs money but last time I checked, they still aren’t handing it out for free to people just because they want to us it to buy high-quality audio equipment. Respect that your customer may be spending as much as they are capable and focus on helping them make the best choice with what they have to work with rather than trying to manipulating or shaming them into spending more than they have.

Kurt Angerdinger says:

The problem is the missing DVB-T2 support. There is no DVB-T support anymore at many regions of the world.

Leandro Conde says:

I would really like to see an update on the Epson ET 7700 after a period of extensive use. Since I’m considering buying one, I’d like to know if you bump into any problems later down the road, and how you’ve found it during this time. I would also like to know if you’re still using the screen that you tucked behind your entertainment center for projection. I really enjoy your videos, happy holidays!

ANTONIO BELLINA says:

Try the MAGICTV by TZUMI MODEL 5192 WiFi HDTV Tuner here in the USA

mr y mysterious video says:

When I want to watch live TV on my tablet or phone I fire up the iPlayer etc. Seems kind of pointless

ArtOfCamelot says:

Pretty neat! Don’t know that it’d work in the U.S. though.

julosx says:

Some years ago, I bought the then Elgato’s Eye TV Hybrid receiver, for Mac OS 10. It worked well until 2016. After that, nearly half of the channels changed their format. As a result the receiver just stopped working. Despite being plugged onto the roof antenna, it’s unable to catch any channel at all anymore. All of this happened (coincidence ?) after Geniatech bought the former Elgato devices line. Don’t know what to do with this Hybrid things, apart from watching the archives.

It's About China says:

Anyone else notice the multiple “Adult channels” 😛

asdaffewwerqa asafdaqwrad says:

Just like newspapers, TV will also die. My prediction is in ~15 years, what’s yours?

Stuart Rodgers says:

I use one of these to track aircraft

Kirby Kelley says:

Cool, I need to get one.

Drake Fallentine says:

I agree with your concerns about the software being supported in the future, but in my opinion, devices with rechargeable built in batteries are doomed…(or designed)…to fail in a year or two…guaranteed. And if you disassemble a device that runs on this type of battery, you will find a metallic film pack of folded layers held together with clear tape and two wires coming out of it….and NO information about voltage or mA rating or a manufacturer. With this product, you can plug it into an external supply, but you sacrifice portability. If the product is a tiny video camera or a hidden recorder,…well, the extension cord hanging on behind you is a dead give away.
Always enjoy your videos. Thanks.

Jani Akujärvi says:

Love the War Games themed WOPR (War Operation Plan Response) as the WiFi hotspot name! 🙂

Sam Light says:

I think this device is pretty cool. I think it would be interesting if rather than only being a WiFi access point you could connect it to your access point then the app picked it up off the LAN that way you could plug it into the wall in your house and use any device with the app at any time your at home. Then you woudn’t have to disconnect from the WiFi with the Internet. I could see that being pretty useful for some people if it had that configuration.

It would be cool if it was moddable so you could run a little Linux distro on it like a raspberry pi and then run your own software/make your own software for it.

Tbone Jenkins says:

lol “aerial” that’s what my now 98 year old grandpa used to call it before he got directTV ~20 years ago and it became irrelevant to ever bother to talk about anymore.

captainkanji says:

Do you have to pay that BBC tax if you watch TV this way?

Pocket Fluff Productions says:

Holy crap you people have a ton of over-the-air channels.

And this company either doesn’t know the Mac face isn’t used for iOS or didn’t want to shell out for whatever license fee Apple demands to put the real Apple logo on product boxes.

Roger Guerrero says:

I have read a lot of comments on here about this device not working in the USA, because obviously they use DVB-T Freeview in the UK, and we use ATSC in the US. I’ve also read that nothing like this ever existed in the USA. That’s not true. After watching this video,, I dug out my TabletTV Plus, which appears to have been a short-lived attempt to do the same thing in America. I tried to pull up their web site and it’s down, and program guide updates don’t seem to work anymore. However, I did rescan channels and sure enough, it still works flawlessly on my iPad Pro 10.5. It feeds either through my local WiFi network, or directly from the device. I also charged the battery but it doesn’t have much battery life, and the battery is non-replaceable. Nevertheless, if you can find one on eBay I think it’s a nice streaming device for US ATSC OTA signals.

Steven Wymor says:

Would be cool of you could use your device as a DVR with scheduled recording like TiVo. Would be even better if you could edit those recordings too. Neat little gizmo.

Dragon Butt says:

>Ramsays kitchen nightmares
>The simpsons
Ahhh british TV

Cobrainvicta says:

No DVB-T2 otherwise this would be a nice buy

Mick Wakefield says:

Dear Sir, will you be supporting Google’s UK tax evasion by uploading more vids. Or will you refuse to rob the British public and Boycott these con merchants ?

Marko Korevec says:

Too bad this is becoming obsolete in 2019 as we are all moving to DVB-T2 :/

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