I won’t even bother to go into the excuses used to justify this purchase. Just couldn’t resist another bit of technology. This gizmo from Equinux is called the TubeStick and is a little USB stick with a teeny arial that you plug into your Apple computer in order to watch TV on the screen. It is only licensed for one computer so if you have several Macs , you would need to de-register it from one in order to use it on one of the others.
So far, it works like a dream. Quality is brilliant and you can even record the program you are watching and the recorded program gets saved into iTunes. This will, I think, prove extremely useful if I’m going on flights or trains. During the week before the trip, I can record a few interesting programs. Then I can synchronise them to my iPod video and watch them during the journey, supplementing my cache of TedTalks podcasts 🙂
I wonder if this has implications for the educational OU broadcasts. Would people record them onto the apple and then being able to watch them later on on their iPods? Well, if I were a distance student, I would.
There is a similar arial available for Windows (yes, got that one as well), but I don’t know how well it synchronises with iTunes on windows as I only synchronise iTunes on the Mac.