DyleTV, the mobile video joint venture backed by major broadcasters, began pitching a $99 antenna that viewers can use to watch local TV channels on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
DyleTV's $99 antenna. (Image source: Elgato)
The antennas, which are being sold by mobile accessory manufacturer Elgato, come with an ATSC-Mobile tuner that connects to iOS devices though their dock connectors. Viewers need to install an application from Elgato to watch live TV programming.
While the antennas add some bulk to an iPhone or iPad, they could help DyleTV compete with TV Everywhere applications from pay TV providers. It could also help broadcasters stave off competition in New York from Aereo, which charges viewers fees to watch local TV channels on mobile devices.
Dyle is owned by Fox, NBC, Belo Corp, Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, Media General, Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media. Last month, Dyle said that the Samsung Galaxy 5 Lightray from Metro PCS was the first smartphone to support its live TV service. It announced earlier this year that Belkin would also make accessories for the iPhone and iPad.
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