The iPad has become such an intrinsic part of our lives that soon we won’t be able to go to the toilet or wash the dishes without one. Arguably its most exciting application is within the world of home cinema, where big name manufacturers are bending over backwards to incorporate iPad and Android functionality into their products. Panasonic is working on Blu-ray/HDD recorders that can zap live Freeview pictures to a tablet via Wi-Fi, while tablets and smartphones are increasingly being used in place of traditional remote handsets.
Now Humax is after a piece of the iPad action. The Tivizen DVB-T is a dinky device that allows you to watch Freeview TV channels on your iPad, iPhone or Android device while you’re out and about. If you’re on the train or in a café and simply can’t live without your daily dose of Dominic Littlewood, the Humax Tivizen DVB-T will zap his consumer-championing exploits straight to your tablet.
At 52(w) x 92(h) x 12(d)mm, the device is about the same size as your average mobile phone and will therefore slip in your bag or pocket easily. It’s very light (about 70g) and is dressed in an eye-catching gloss black finish that gives it a classy demeanour, plus build quality is pleasing.
Tucked into the top is a 15cm retractable antenna for picking up the Freeview signal, while at the other end is a mini USB B type port, which allows you to charge the removable lithium ion battery from a PC or USB mains adapter. It takes about 3 hours to fully recharge the battery from empty and lasts for about 3.5 hours.
On the front of the device you’ll find three LEDs, indicating the operation, battery and Wi-Fi status (they change colour or blink when there’s something happening), plus the power button is placed on the side.
Tivizen DVB-T uses the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi standards, and is compatible with the iPhone (4S, 4, 3GS), iPod touch (4G, 3G), iPad and Android devices (OS 3.1 onwards). The built-In tuner allows you to watch digital TV in other countries that use DVB-T, such as Austria, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.