Valups today announces their upcoming mobile digital TV receiver, Tivizen, for the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Laptops, Netbooks, and other Wi-Fi Equipped Devices.
Ideal for convenient viewing of your favorite local TV channels on the iPad, iPhone, laptop, or Wi-Fi equipped BlackBerry, a new accessory device from Valups makes it easy to receive over-the-air Mobile Digital Television signals and stay connected to a local broadcaster. The Tivizen (pronounced Tee-Vee-Zen) is smaller and lighter than a deck of cards but can receive Mobile DTV signals and then re-transmit them to an awaiting Wi-Fi device.
The Tivizen, model VTV-A10, will be available beginning in May at a suggested retail price of $149 from online retailers Amazon.com and eBay. Viewers should first determine if broadcasters in their area are transmitting with the new Mobile DTV signals, since the Tivizen will only receive the new digital broadcasts if they are coming from local TV stations.
With development partially funded by the Open Mobile Video Coalition of nearly 900 local TV broadcasters, the Tivizen is based on similar product sold in Japan that allows Wi-Fi phone users to watch TV signals. The broadcast transmission standard for Mobile DTV was adopted by the Advanced Television Systems Committee last October, and there are currently some 45 TV stations in America broadcasting with the new standard. Many hundreds more are expected to begin simulcasts of local programs over the coming months.
Discrete and portable, the Tivizen is smaller and lighter than a deck of playing cards, at only about 2" x 3.5" in size, less than a half-inch thick, and weighing only 2.8 ounces. Battery powered and able to run for three hours of continuous TV reception, the Tivizen comes equipped with a USB connection for charging and with a standard wall-plug charger.
Designed to work with new Apple iPad, 3G Apple iPhone, third-generation iPod Touch, BlackBerry devices with Wi-Fi, Motorola Android phones and Windows PCs (XP service pack 3, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems), the Tivizen receives the Mobile DTV signals from local TV broadcasters and beams the TV signal via Wi-Fi to a receiving Wi-Fi device compatible with the real-time streaming protocol (RTSP). This protocol is mandated by the 3G cell phone industry and is commonly used on web sites today. Each Tivizen can send a Mobile DTV broadcast signal to a single Wi-Fi device.
Set-up is easy: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch owners can download the Tivizen client application from the Apple App Store. BlackBerry and Laptop users can easily download the Tivizen operational software from a web site. The downloaded client application for smartphones and computers allows viewers to watch favorite broadcast TV programs, view a list of available programs, browse an electronic service guide, and change the settings of the device. The Tivizen also includes a microSD slot for a future conditional access module that could accommodate subscription-based broadcast programming.