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Escort Mobile TV

Digital TV tuner for Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Escort's Mobile TV digital TV tuner

The little tuner plugs into your Apple device, giving you local digital TV reception.

Live TV on your Apple

Escort's Mobile TV allows you to watch local television on your Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This plug-in digital TV tuner captures the free local over-the-air channels in most major US metropolitan markets for you to view whenever you want. Check out the Dyle™ mobile TV service to see if you get reception in your area.

Easy to use

Download the free iDTV USA app from the Apple App Store to your mobile device. Then, you just plug the tiny tuner into your Apple portable device, and the app launches itself. You can catch up on the live local TV news, weather, and sports before most websites update. Your kids can enjoy their cartoons while you drive them across town, or you can keep up with the game live while your spouse drives.

Highlights:

  • digital TV tuner for select Apple mobile devices
    • iPhone 4S: iOS 5.1 or later
    • iPod touch 4th, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad 1: iOS 4.3.3 or later
    • iPad (3rd gen): iOS 5.1 or later
    • iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), iPad mini require optional Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately)
  • works with iDTV USA app available free from the Apple App Store
  • requires access to Dyle™ mobile TV service
  • no fees or data plan required
  • plug-in telescoping antenna
  • micro USB charging cable included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • MobileTV receiver
  • Antenna
  • 11.5" micro-USB to USB charging cable
  • Quick Reference Guide

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Features

Overview: Escort MobileTV is a miniature mobile digital TV receiver that uses the latest technology to receive digital programming over-the-air, so you can enjoy your favorite shows on the-the-go from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. The Escort MobileTV receiver simply plugs into the dock connector of your Apple iOS device. You will need to download the iDTV mobile USA app onto your connected iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. Once the app is downloaded, you can access local broadcast television via the Dyle mobile TV service (no subscription or fees required). The Escort MobileTV uses special airwaves reserved specifically for mobile TV, so you don't need to be in an area with 3G, 4G, or WiFi access. The Escort MobileTV receiver features its own built-in rechargeable battery.

Apple iOS Device Compatibility: The Escort MobileTV receiver features an Apple 30-pin iPod dock connector and is compatible with the iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, and iPad 1/2/3; running iOS 4.3.3 or later. If you own an iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, or iPad mini; you will also need to purchase the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately).

iDTV Mobile USA App: Escort MobileTV utilizes the iDTV mobile USA app from the Apple App Store. To get started, simply search for this app and install it on your compatible Apple iOS device. Once you've downloaded the app and installed it, plug the Escort MobileTV receiver into your device and launch the app. The iDTV application will start communication with your Escort MobileTV device.

Note: If you launch the app without plugging the Escort MobileTV receiver into the device, you will get a brief error message letting you know the device is not connected

Dyle Mobile TV: Dyle mobile TV is a free service that gives Escort MobileTV customers the ability to watch live, local broadcast television (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) in select U.S. metropolitan areas. Dyle mobile TV is only available in those select metropolitan areas, and not all channels are available in all cities. Dyle mobile TV service is currently available in the following markets - Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Birmingham, AL / Boston, MA / Charlotte, NC / Chicago, IL / Cincinnati, OH / Cleveland, OH / Columbus, OH / Dallas, TX / Dayton, OH / Denver, CO / Detroit, MI / Greenville, SC / Houston, TX / Kansas City, MO / Knoxville, TN / Las Vegas, NV | Los Angeles, CA / Miami, FL / Minneapolis, MN / Montgomery, AL / New York, NY / Orlando, FL / Philadelphia, PA / Phoenix, AZ / Portland, OR / Raleigh, NC / San Francisco, CA / Seattle, WA / St. Louis, MO | Tampa, FL / Tulsa, OK / Washington, DC / West Palm Beach, Florida.

Note: Coverage may vary across participating markets and by zip code within a market. More stations and markets will continue to be added. For up-to-date information on what signals may be available in your area, please check the Dyle interactive coverage map at www.dyle.tv/coverage-map to see if signals are available in your area.

Mobile TV Airwaves: Dyle mobile TV uses airwaves specifically reserved for mobile TV. It does not need 3G, 4G, or WiFi connectivity; and does not need an active wireless data plan to deliver live TV. There are, however, a few times when you'll need a data connection to run Dyle mobile TV. You'll need a data connection to register for the Dyle service. Then periodically, the unit will ask you to activate your data connection in order to automatically renew your device's access to the service and to update the program guide. To actually watch live television though, you do not need a data connection.

Automatic Channel Scanning: Escort MobileTV will automatically select the location you are in through the location services feature on your compatible iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. If the location services feature is disabled on your device, you can still manually select your location before performing an automatic scan. Once the scanning is done, there will be a Channel List generated which can be found on Live TV. You can also create auto-scan locations if you travel to other regional areas where Dyle mobile TV broadcast is available. You can arrange your favorite channels so that they are close to one another for easier channel switching.

Playback Features: Escort MobileTV and the iDTV Mobile USA app offers the following playback features.

  • Aspect Ratio/Zoom: The application supports up to four different zoom levels depending on the original resolution and aspect ratio of the content. The zoom modes supported are 1x, 1.5x, Standard, and Full Screen.
  • Pause/Resume Functions: You can select Pause and Resume for up to ten minutes during live TV.
  • Volume Control: You can adjust the volume of the broadcast from within the player during live TV.
  • Audio Tracks: You can select different audio tracks if multiple audio tracks are provided by the broadcaster.
  • Subtitles: Subtitles are supported for most programs (this depends on whether the local broadcasters deliver subtitles).

Rechargeable Battery: The Escort MobileTV receiver features its own built-in rechargeable battery and does not draw power from your connected Apple iOS device. The battery requires an initial charge for it to work correctly. To charge the device, simply connect the included USB charging cable o the Escort MobileTV receiver and a free USB (type-A) port on your computer/laptop or other charging device. Please allow it to charge for approximately 3-5 hours on this initial charge. The red charging light will turn green when fully charged. For maximum viewing time, recharge the battery before each use, until the charging light turns green. While viewing Live TV, you can go to the Settings menu to check battery % charge remaining, or simply tap the screen while viewing to bring up a charge level indicator.

Note: While viewing Live TV on an iPad you can extend viewing time by selecting which battery (device or iPad) powers the MobileTV device.

 

 
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Escort Mobile TV

Written By George m, East Tennessee on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Product works great, however not all local stations are on this program. Only NBC and Fox participate in this area. Am anxious to use when traveling. Dyle coverage map shows where service is available, but not all local stations are in their program and they don't tell you that.
Pros:
Unit easy to set up and use
Cons:
Not all local stations pRticipate
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Written By Dale, Centennial, CO on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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I can only receive 1 channel thru Dial tv it works but not worth the price!
Crutchfield response on Friday, May 03, 2013
Before purchasing, we strongly recommend that you use the Dyle Coverage Map to make sure you can get stations in your area.
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