No fees, no wires, just TV on a tablet, startup promises
SFGate.com reports that Bay Area television viewers may soon have one more reason to cut the cord with cable and satellite companies thanks to a service that brings free over-the-air TV to tablet computers.
It’s called Tablet TV, which doesn’t require Wi-Fi, a cellular connection or a subscription fee. All that customers need is an iPad or Android tablet and one of the startup’s antenna devices costing less than $100.
And it’s backed by Granite Broadcasting, owner of independent San Francisco station KOFY. At a time when viewers have more choices than ever – from Netflix to YouTube to 500-plus cable channels – Granite sees Tablet TV as a way to lure viewers back to broadcast television, without the need for a television at all.
“This puts the broadcasters back into the driver’s seat,” said Peter Markham, chairman and CEO of Granite Broadcasting. “Now we’re going to a one-to-one relationship with the viewer, which the broadcast industry has never had.”