OMG I'm watching live TV on my Iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Marcus72, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Marcus72 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    I shocked nobody has mentioned this over here.

    I bought a Hauppauge 1950 Tv tuner hooked up to my cable, downloaded Orb live from the app store... and BAM!!! I got tv on my iphone using 3G. :D

    Orb live has taken my Iphone 3g to another level !!!!
  2. aerospace macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    ...add dvr functionality and I'm sold.

    Can you elaborate on what's involved? Tv tuner on your computer streams the video to your phone? How about cost, is it a difficult setup?
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    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  4. Marcus72 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    @skyblue, I did do a search on orb live, nothing returned back. :confused:

    @aerospace, I'm a newbie to this stuff. It was super easy to setup. I did the set up this morning like in 10 minutes, than ran out the door to get oil changed in my car . While I was waiting, I tested it on 3g and it worked. I got a hauppauge 1950 tuner from amazon approx $140. I attached splitter on my cable, one end to my internet modem and other to the turner. attached the USB from tuner to pc. download orb software to PC, set up channels. while I was waiting at the gas station, i downloaded the orb free app to my iphone, and it worked. Watch CNN while I waited. I'm still learning what it all can do, it's got options for webcam, music and data files. hauppauge has a scheduler so maybe it can record, but I'm not sure yet. I'm happy I can watch tv at work now.
  5. Leaira macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2009
    What channels can you get with the iphone?? Does it have a built-in DTV tuner?
  6. Marcus72 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009

    no the iphone doesn't have the tuner. I have tuner connect to my pc, using orb software, it stream it to my iphone. I get all the channels that come with my cable.
  7. Leaira macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2009
    Oh, so it only works around your house then? I thought it would be portable to take anywhere.
  8. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    You can use it anywhere you have data.
  9. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    It is portable, Orb works over 3G. The reason you might read otherwise is that 1) it started off wifi-only before adding 3G and 2) about a little over a week ago there were some AT&T related connection problems that have since been resolved.

    I'm using it as a stopgap until Slingplayer gets released. Unfortunately it's Windows only for live TV at the moment, there's a Mac version in development (can be downloaded from their support forum) that doesn't support the function yet. You also will probably need a usb-irt blaster (another $50) to change channels, the Hauppage won't do it on its own. You also need to keep your computer on when out. It can supposedly record shows to your hard drive, but the one time I tried I didn't end up having enough space on my Windows bootcamp partition.

    My experience overall - a PITA to set up but extremely cool when it's finally working. At this point though with just two months left till submission I'd probably advise you to just wait it out and use the money you save for a Slingbox (which will give you DVR access).

    The Orb app itself is definitely worth downloading btw, it can play files from video formats NOT supported on the iPhone like .avi.
  10. moka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
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    Good for you, I have been doing this ever since orb came out. It nice. I basically have 400 channels I can watch on my first gen iPhone anytime I wish.

    Enjoy it!

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