Review: Belkin@TV Plus

By Mike Wheeler

Belkin has created a new box that will not only allow you to watch television on your smart device such as a tablet or smart phone, but you will be able to do so from anywhere around the world.

By Mike Wheeler

Belkin has created a new box that will not only allow you to watch television on your smart device such as a tablet or smart phone, but you will be able to do so from anywhere around the world.

Aptly called @TV Plus, the box connects to your television’s set-top box – whether it be pay television or free-to-air – and the internet, and this in turn connects to your tablet or smartphone via an app that you download.

Set up is easy with component, audio and composite cables being the connection between the @TV device and your set top box, while you connect to the internet via wifi or Ethernet cable. You download the app from Apple’s App Store or its Android equivalent onto your smart device, and you’re up and running. For our demo we used the latest iPad.

You launch the app on the iPad and it is up and running. We found it pretty much glitch-free when trialling using wifi. To be fair we were not far from the box itself, so can’t comment how it works when you are on the other side of the world. However, we were impressed. Changing channels is done via the user interface at the top right of the screen, and an infrared signal is sent to the box.

If you want to record, you can log into the set-top box via your smart device and record a programme, and you can even record a programme to your device.

One issue that we didn’t have was lack of signal strength. This can be an problem depending on the strength of your wifi connection or 3G when you’re using your smartphone or 3G-enabled tablet.

Overall, we think this is a great little device at a reasonable price. You do have to be careful about the data you chew through, but it could be handy on those long trips in the car with kids, or if you are at a destination where you are desperate to see that sporting event but are not near a television.

Pros: Great idea, good way to watch TV remotely; inexpensive option
Cons: Signal strength might be an issue

RRP
$199

Belkin @TV Plus Homepage

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