TabletTV Gets Down with OTT

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

Motive Television  said TabletTV, a platform that can bridge over-the-air broadcast TV channels to tablets, will soon add over-the-top capabilities to its video arsenal.    

Starting in the U.K., examples of OTT offerings that will become available include YouTube, BBC iPlayer, STV Player, ITV Player, All4, BT Sport and Netflix, it said.    

“In the U.S., a similar selection of the most popular Internet channels  will be available,” the company added, noting that adding that users will also have the ability to add and customize those OTT channels based on viewing preferences.   

The TabletTV  app, available on iOS and Android (with support for the Google Chromecast in the works), operates in conjunction with a $89.95 “T-Pod” device (pictured) that performs the function of an antenna tuner, able to capture free, over-the-air TV signals for display on tablets. The T-Pod also allows users to record programming via an integrated DVR.     

"The addition of Internet catch-up TV and on-demand channels will expand and enhance the value of TabletTV to the user and make Motive’s apps unique in the industry,” said Motive CEO Leonard Fertig, in a statement. “Together with the launch of Mobile PVR, announced earlier this month, Motive is developing the most convenient, simplest, and lowest cost mobile viewing alternative to an immense market of mobile viewers."   

TabletTV is supporting over-the-air TV in the U.K. with Freeview. TabletTV, a joint venture of Motive Television and Granite Broadcasting, has also been testing its service in the Bay Area with Granite-owned station KOFY-TV as it works toward a more aggressive commercial launch (subscription required).   

Depending on signal availability, TabletTV estimates that its U.S. customers can get access to as many as 50 digital TV stations, including local ABC, CBS, Fox and PBS affiliates.

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