Hauppauge puts Freeview in your pocket

Clearly bored with churning out Freeview dongles, Dutch maestro Hauppauge has let its hair down and conjured a standalone PMP with a built-in Freeview

Clearly bored with churning out Freeview dongles, Dutch maestro Hauppauge has let its hair down and conjured a standalone PMP with a built-in Freeview tuner.

The myTV Player isn’t really an Archos competitor as there’s no internal storage, but its DVB-T tuner means you should be able to catch some Top Gear repeats on Dave while out and about.

We’re a tad sceptical about how good reception will be via the extendable antenna as Freeview is notoriously temperamental on portable devices, but there is at least an SD card slot for lining up your favourite episodes of Curb your Enthusiasm if you move out of coverage.

They should be pretty watchable on the generously large 3.6in screen too, although the QVGA resolution won’t worry the iPod Touch’s 480x320 display. Then again, you could buy three myTVs for the price of Apple’s flagship player and watch E4, The Hits and BBC Parliament simultaneously on the bus home. What are you waiting for?  

Essentials

Hauppauge MyTV Player

Price: £tba

On sale: tba

Contact: Hauppauge