A question that iPad and iPhone owners frequently ask themselves is, “How do I get TV on my iPad?” There are a few ways that you can accomplish this goal, but most require a Wi-Fi or other Internet connection, so that users can stream programming to an iPad.
Escort Mobile TV has a simple, low cost solution that allows users in select major metro areas to receive local broadcast Digital TV signals on an iPad or other compatible device without using a monthly subscription service. The device also works without using a 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection, so a data plan is not required to receive the digital signal.
The device costs around $100, and is available either directly from Escort or Amazon. The device allows users to receive signals from channels on the Dyle TV Network. This enables viewers to watch some of their favorite network programming while they are on the go.
What’s Included in the Box?
When you purchase the device, the ESCORT MobileTV receiver, an antenna, and a standard-to-micro USB cable for easy charging will be included in the box, as well as an easy-to-understand quick reference guide. Users will also need to download the iDTV USA app for free in the Apple iStore, and the receiver will need to be fully charged before it is used for the first time.
Compatability and Other Considerations
The Escort Mobile TV device is compatible with the following devices:
- The iPhone 4S with iOS version 5.1 or later
- The 3rd generation iPad with iOS version 5.1 or later
- The 4th generation iPod Touch, the iPad2, and the iPad 1 with iOS version 4.3.3 or later
- The 5th generation iPod touch, the iPhone 5, and the 4th generation iPad and iPad mini
It’s important to note that both the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Mini, require an optional lighting to 30-pin adapter to work with the Escort Mobile TV device and this adapter is sold separately.
It’s also important to realize that users must be within the Dyle TV coverage area in a major metropolitan area in order to receive the signal, and not all channels are available in all metro areas. Users should check the Dyle TV Coverage Map to ensure that they are within the signal’s viewing area.
There are several additional factors that can influence whether or not someone can use the device to watch TV on their iPad or other compatible device. These factors include how physically close a viewer is to the broadcast station, their local terrain and whether or not there are geographical features that may block signal reception and even something simple as whether or not the user is trying to watch TV on the inside of a building or outdoors.
How Do I Get TV on My iPad?
Users will need to charge the receiver, download the app and plug in the antenna before use. Once these items are charged, plugged in and launched, the Escort Mobile TV device will automatically select the user’s location based on information contained on the iPad or other device. Users can also disable this feature and then manually select their location before performing an automatic scan for channels.
Next, users will click on the “Settings” tab and choose “Scan Channels” to select their metro area and begin the scan. A channel list will then be generated. Users can go to the “Settings” tab and choose “Sort Channels” to manually sort their channel list or to select and arrange their favorite channels, so that its easier to switch back and forth between channels. This helps if a viewer is having a hard time deciding which program they want to watch. Users can also set up several auto-scan locations if they frequently travel to other metro areas where Dyle broadcasts are available.
If a user needs to take a quick break while they are watching their favorite show, they can also use the “Pause” and “Resume” features of the device to pause up to 10 minutes of a live TV broadcast.
Viewing time can also be extended by selecting which battery will power the Escort Mobile TV unit, the one in the device, or the one in the iPad or other compatible unit. Users just go to the “Settings” tab and click on battery to change their preference.
With its low cost, ease of use, and wide coverage area in select metropolitan areas, the Escort Mobile TV device may be a good answer for those who question, “How do I get TV on my iPad?”
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