“Between cable and satellite provider apps, network apps, and services like Aereo, there are many ways to watch TV on your iPad or iPhone outside of the home,” K. T. Bradford reports for Digital Trends.
“All of these methods require an Internet connection and, in the case of Aereo, the layout of money for what is technically free,” Bradford reports. “While it’s true that you get more with Aereo than just the ability to watch local TV (the DVR is pretty sweet), it’s still another monthly fee. Over-the-air broadcast channels only require an antenna to watch, be it on your TV or on an iPad.”
Bradford reports, “The Belkin Dyle Wireless Mobile TV Receiver costs $100 and works with the free Dyle TV app for iOS devices. With it plugged in, you can watch local channels on your phone or tablet, no Internet connection required and no data used… Upfront, let us say that the receiver definitely works and it’s easy to set up. Download the app, enter your location, plug in the receiver, start watching TV. We were able to do so with the Wi-Fi on our iPad turned off. Not surprisingly, even after hours of watching the battery didn’t lose much juice. We also like that, other than the cost of the receiver, you don’t have to pay anything for this service. This product works. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily enough.”
Read more in the full review here.