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