TVB Mobile DTV Tech Alert: Tivit
SEOUL: A broadcast TV receiver the size of a cell phone
broke through the device din today. The Tivit, from Korean manufacturer Valups
Corp., is a tiny receiver with an extendible antenna that decodes over-the-air
DTV signals for display on software-enabled smartphones and mobile PCs. It
transmits the signals in MPEG-4 to the display via WiFi and supports
conditional access. The device works with iPhones, the third-generation iPod
Touch, WiFi-enabled Blackberrys and Motorola Android phones.
The endgadget staff tested the Tivit
with an iPod Touch.
“...and while the 20 second channel change times were a little frustrating--they
claim they'll be able to get it down to eight, and that it’s Apple’s fault--everything
else worked flawlessly.”
The Tivit will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show’s Tech Zone. U.S.
availability is expected in the spring for around $120. A video of the device
in use is available at engadget.com.