Have you ever been in your home during a weather storm and had the WiFi network go down? If this has ever happened to you, you are likely to recall the frustration you experienced when you realized that your ticket to the outside world (WiFi) was no longer available. Matters turn worse when you realize that your television no longer operates, either. What do you do in such a crisis? You need a backup plan to help you stay alert with the weather and conditions both inside and outside of your area.
Perhaps you should try the Elgato EyeTV Mobile TV Adapter for $99. The adapter works immediately after you connect it to your iPad or iPhone, and does not require special downloadable software in order to operate correctly. It provides live television news action, so you can see shows that are running at the moment you turn on your touchscreen.
While the EyeTV mobile adapter does not require special software, it can only play certain news channels and does not play any cable or satellite shows such as sitcoms and comedies. In New York, for example, you can only see Fox News; CNN, ABC, CBS, and other local stations may not be granted as television programs with Elgato’s TV adapter. Since only a few channels are granted (channels vary based on geographic location), you will be forced to tune in to a few channels and make your contentment with those.
Another drawback of the Elgato TV adapter is that it only works best for older iPad and iPhone models. While it can work for the iPhone 5 and iPad 4, it will protrude more from the side of the device than it does for older devices and may be harder to sit or stand on a table for viewing.
While the Elgato EyeTV Mobile TV adapter appeals to the consumer pocket with its affordable price tag ($99), it does not appeal in what it has to offer. Consumers want a television device that can bring up numerous news channels as well as sitcoms and comedies. Elgato’s adapter will allow you to watch channels even when your Internet dies down; however, today’s smartphones that allow 4G LTE connectivity and cellular connectivity by way of the phone’s WiFi hotspot service provide all customers need to watch television by way of Internet news sites, should something happen to their home television. In addition, cellular connectivity provided by a phone’s WiFi hotspot or additional data plan should help consumers watch the news via the Internet when traditional WiFi dies out. Thus, there is no need for Elgato’s TV adapter – unless a consumer wants to watch live TV most of the time.
When it comes to the capabilities of 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi hotspot and cellular plans, the Elgato EyeTV Mobile TV adapter has a long way to go before it puts a dent into consumer sales. Some may want to purchase the product since it is a novel idea on the market; at the same time, if you purchase the TV adapter, be aware of its limitations.