Cord-Cutters, Cord-Nevers Get Over-Air TV On Tablets

Tablet TV Plus transmits over-air ATSC broadcasts to multiple tablets via Wi-Fi
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Tablet TV Plus transmits over-air ATSC broadcasts to multiple tablets via Wi-Fi
Tablet TV Plus includes the network-connected TPod palm-size ATSC tuner with DVR

Tablet TV, partially owned by TV-broadcast group Granite Broadcasting, has begun offering an $89 device that captures local over-the-air TV signals and sends them over Wi-Fi to multiple tablets in the house.

The company’s Tablet TV Plus solution includes a palm-sized TPod equipped with an integrated TV antenna and DVR. It must be used in conjunction with a company app for iOS tablets. An Android app is under development for 2016 availability. The device, which works outdoors via a rechargeable battery, also accesses streaming-video services.

The TPod is available at the Tablet TV website and on Amazon.

Content recorded on the device’s DVR can be streamed to a tablet over Wi-Fi or downloaded to a tablet for viewing outside the home network. It comes with 8GB microSD card that holds up to 4 hours for HD content and 8 hours of SD content.

If users want to watch their content on a larger screen, the TabletTV Plus solution features Google Chromecast and Airplay, enabling T-Pod content to be cast to a TV screen.

The company’s app enables viewers to watch one TV channel while browsing through other channels. Multitaskers can simultaneously surf the Internet, check emails and use other apps while watching television, the company said.

A first-gen version was launched in the San Francisco area in Dec. 2014.

Tablet TV is a joint venture between Granite Broadcasting and Motive Television. Granite’s operations include broadcast TV stations, local cable TV channels, and local online and mobile-media properties. Motive Television is a developer of software solutions for the TV industry.

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