iPad users can already watch live TV using the tablet-specific SlingPlayer Mobile app, but while this cost £17.99 to download, the new app from Hauppauge is free of charge.
That’s right, Hauppauge has launched its WinTV Extend for iPad app and is offering mobile TV viewing for free, on Wi-Fi or 3G. The catch of course is that you need to have one of Hauppauge’s WinTV TV tuners plugged into your PC at home for the app to work.
The system works by plugging the TV tuner into your PC and connecting it to your TV source. Users will need to update their software to WinTV v7.2, 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 app features 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 utilisation on both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
Users who record shows onto the hard drives of their PCs can also access these shows on their iPad using the updated software. The WinTV Extend for iPad is available now in the App Store and users can upgrade to v7.2 here for €18.