Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 31-08-2011

Digital terrestrial television viewing in the UK is about to move another step closer to mass-market mobility, with hardware and software developer Elgato announcing it is ready to begin selling the world's first Freeview decoder for iPad tablet computers.

The device, which will be marketed under the EyeTV Mobile brand name, will connect directly to the standard dock connector of Apple's iconic portable gadget – effectively turning in into a mobile TV screen.

The DTT tuner features a miniature telescopic aerial to pick up the transmitted signals and uses the iPad's processing power and storage capabilities to allow viewers to pause, rewind and record live Freeview video content. While the tuner supports MPEG-2 video, MPEG-2 HD and MPEG-4/H.264 TV content are not supported.

Back in 2006, Elgato introduced a USB stick which allowed for the reception of DVB-T transmissions on laptop computers, an innovation that earned the company the top prize of the MacUser 2006 Reader's Choice award for Best Video device.

The vendor will be showing off its latest device at the IFA consumer electronics Fair, which kicks off in Berlin at the end of this week. The product will then go on sale at the end of September. It will retail for about £100.