Last month, I wrote about Geniatech WiTV, a device with a DVB-T or ISBT tuner acting as a Wi-Fi access point that let you watch TV on any Wi-Fi enabled devices. I’ve just discovered Geniatech PT115m (microUSB) and PT115e (USB), tinier and probably cheaper products, which allow you to watch free-to-air channel (DVB-T) by connecting them to the USB or microUSB port of your tablet or mini PC.
Both devices have the following key features and specifications:
- Geniatech HiDTV app for Android
- Watch DVB-T TV on Android tablet, with support for Electronic Program Guide, HDTV (1080i), and Automatic Station Searching
- Digital Personal Video Recording
- Input Terminal – VHF/UHF, Receive Frequency – TV 48.25 ~ 863.25 MHz
- DVB-T Compliant, 2K to 8K FFT Size, Punctured Codes: 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 4/5, 5/6 and 7/8, Bandwidth: 6/7/8 MHz
- Stream capture – PES & TS
- Video Format – mpg-II Main Profile & Main Level/H.264 Mpeg4 AVC
- Audio Format – mpg-II Audio Layer I & II
Beside the micro USB and USB difference, PT115m seems to come with its own antenna, but PT115e connects an external antenna which possibly a better reception.
The sticks need a kernel driver to work properly. This driver is said to be present in AMLogic devices, and in some Rockchip devices. For SD resolution, an Android 4.0 tablet powered by Cortex A8 processor is sufficient, but for HDTV, you’ll need a dual core Cortex A9 processor with 512MB RAM, and a resolution of 1024*600 or greater.
Here’s a demo with what looks like PT115e model.
DVB-T on Android is not new, as some XDA members wrote tools and apps for DVB-T support on Archos Gen 8 tablets, but interest seems to have faded, and other DVB-T dongles available are usually larger.
The products were apparently announced at the end of the last, but I can’t find anything on Aliexpress, so it may not be for sale right now. You can find further information on Geniatech’s TV tuners for Android page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.