Introducing the Raspberry Pi Hat

The new Raspberry Pi TV Hat lets you connect to an antenna and watch live TV!
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On sale 10/18/2018

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Last week, Raspberrypi.org announced the release of the Raspberry Pi TV HAT, a new add-on board to your Raspberry Pi that allows the Raspberry Pi to receive DVB-T2 television broadcasts.  The cost for this hat is $21.50.  Although not yet available in the U.S. you may purchase from modmypi.com.

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The TV HAT connects to the 40-pin GPIO header and to a suitable antenna which allows for the television broadcasts. 

Watch TV with your Raspberry Pi

With this board, you can receive and view television on your Raspberry Pi, or use your Raspberry Pi as a server to stream television over a network to other devices.  The TV HAT works with all 40-pin GPIO Raspberry Pi boards when running as a server.  If you want to watch TV on the Pi itself, we recommend using a Pi 2, 3, or 3B+, as you may need more processing power for this.

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Stream Television over your Network

An amazing feature is available with this TV hat, the ability to stream Television to other devices.  This means that viewing Television is not isolated to just Raspberry Pi computers themselves.  With the TV Hat connected to your network, you may view streams on any network-connected device.  Basically, other computers, tablets, and mobile phones.  Raspberrypi.org has a great step-by-step guide on how to set up your TV HAT.  

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New HAT Form Factor

The Raspberry Pi TV HAT follows a new form factor of HAT (Hardware Attached on Top), which Raspberrypi.org had announced on October 18.  The TV HAT is a half-size HAT that matches the outline of Raspberry Pi Zero boards.  A new HAT spec is available now. No features have changed electrically – this is a purely mechanical change.

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The TV HAT has three bolt holes; Raspberrypi.org says they omitted the fourth so that the HAT can be placed on a large-size Pi without obstructing the display connector.

The board comes with a set of mechanical spacers, a 40-way header, and an aerial adaptor.

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Licensing

Due to the way Television Broadcasts work, there are some general Licensing principles to know before you purchase.   Check out some licensing requirements over at Raspberrypi.org

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