Cydle i30 Brings Digital TV Broadcasts to the iPhone
There are literally dozens of iOS apps that let you watch video content on demand, but what if you want to watch a live broadcast? Currently, the iPhone and other iOS devices are not capable of picking up digital TV signals over the air. Cydle
, a South Korean company known for their in-car multimedia systems, has just announced the Cydle i30
, a DTV tuner for the iPhone.
Once you slide your iPhone into the Cydle i30’s 30-pin dock connector, you’ll then be able to tune in to regular over-the-air television broadcasts in your area. Major TV networks are still required to transmit digital signals over the air so anyone with a receiver can tune into them for free. Depending on your geographic location, most people will be able to pick up one or more of the major networks using this device.
The Cydle i30 also includes a built in 1100 mAh battery so the unit won’t drain your iPhone’s battery when you use it. The i30 can also charge your iPhone’s internal battery when not being used to watch TV. It also includes a mini-USB port and can charge both the unit and an iPhone with an AC adapter. The i30 should provide about 3 hours of television viewing before needing to be recharged.
If your summer plans include a camping trip, then the Cydle i30 might just be the prefect companion when you want to catch your favorite shows while roughing it in the great outdoors. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but Cydle just received FCC approval for the i30 so it shouldn’t be too long before they go on sale. I look forward to testing the Cydle i30 when it comes out in the not too distant future.