Watch Freeview TV on your Apple iPhone 5 or iPad mini with new Elgato EyeTV Mobile for Lightning Connector

Apple accessory manufacturer Elgato has launched a new gadget that will imbue your iPhone 5 or iPad mini with TV beaming powers without the need for an Internet connection.

The Elgato EyeTV Mobile for Lightning Connector plugs into the dock of your iDevices, and then utilises its miniature telescopic antenna to tap into the digital airwaves.

Once you have the EyeTV Mobile plugged in, all that's left to do is download the free EyeTV Mobile app and then kick back – a full range of TV viewing options should be in front of you.

All the traditional features enjoyed by couch potatoes are on-hand, including pause, rewind and - crucially - record.

Of course, there are already myriad ways of watching and recording telly on mobile devices - so what's the fuss? According to Elgato, the benefit of the EyeTV Mobile is that it doesn't sap up valuable data from your plan - a scenario that can leave you with an unpleasant surprise at the end of the month.

"We're thrilled to introduce the world's first Freeview tuner for the Lightning Connector. The new EyeTV Mobile will appeal especially to owners of the iPad mini who'd like to enjoy TV shows and events on-the-go without touching their data plans," commented Adam Steinberg, vice president of marketing at Elgato.

If this kind of knick-knack is right down your alley, you can pre-order the newest EyeTV Mobile stick now via the Elgato website. It has been anointed with an £89.95 price tag and is lined up to ship from 5 August.

Elgato also notes that the EyeTV Mobile for Lightning Connector "ships with different aerial options to deliver the best possible reception both on the move and at home."

Stay tuned, as we're looking forward to getting our paws on the latest Elgato gadget in the near future and putting it through its paces in a bit more detail.