Hauppauge ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ allows live TV to be watched on an iPad

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Hauppauge have launched a companion program for their WinTV PC product which allows watching channels from your Hauppauge tuner on your iPad. Whilst this is unlikely to work with things like Media Center, if you do use Hauppauge’s own software it is certainly a nice add on.

From the Press release

Hauppauge Digital, Inc.  has announced the launch of the ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’application optimised for Apple’s iPad. ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ allows Hauppauge WinTV Extend customers to use a native iPad application to watch live TV on their iPad, either in the home via Wi-Fi or around the world via Wi-Fi or 3G.

Users of Hauppauge’s ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ can watch their favourite TV programs on their iPad in the home via their Wi-Fi network, or outside of the home any place their iPad has an Internet connection. For example, a user can be in their kitchen at home watching live TV on their iPad, or they can be in a hotel in another country and watch TV from home as long as they have either a Wi-Fi connection in the hotel or are on a 3G network.

The Hauppauge live TV system has two pieces: a TV transmitter which runs on a home or office PC, and the ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ TV receiving application which runs on the iPad.

The live TV transmitter can be any one of the popular Hauppauge WinTV TVtuners. These PC-based TV tuners plug into a Windows based PC and connect to a user’s TV source, such as a cable or satellite TV or an over-the-air TV antenna. The WinTV TV tuner uses Hauppauge’s ‘WinTV v7.2’ application, which formats the live TV program into a form which can be watched on an iPad, and then transmits the formatted TV signal to the new Hauppauge ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ application.

Hauppauge had previously used a Safari browser to receive the live TV signal from the WinTV TV tuner. The new ‘WinTV for iPad’ application delivers enhanced TV watching features such as a better iPad screen format, easier navigation of TV channel lists, landscape and portrait TV watching modes, the ability to play previously recorded TV programs and better network utilization on both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

The ‘WinTV for iPad’ app is available at no charge from the Apple store. To find the ‘WinTV Extend for iPad’ app, seach for ‘WinTV’ on the Apple store.

In addition to watching live TV, a user who has recorded TV programs onto their PC’s hard disk drive using ‘WinTV v7.2’, can watch those recordings on their iPad. Like live TV, these pre-recorded TV programs can be watched either via a Wi-Fi connection in the house or anywhere the user has an Internet connection.

An overview and screen shots of the ‘WinTV for iPad’ app are available here:

http://www.hauppauge.com/wintv_for_ipad

Any user of a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR TV tuner, or who uses the HD PVR or Colossus HD receivers, can upgrade to’ WinTV v7.2’ at:

http://www.hauppauge.eu/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=01300&type=5&code_lg=lg_us&num=0