Watch your TV on iPad over wifi or internet

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MacVDS, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. MacVDS macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
    Philomath Oregeon
    If you have a supported Hauppauge TV card on your desktop you can watch your TV on the iPad and iPhone remotely with new WinTV 7 Extend software.
    I just installed this new version and it works pretty well. It says it will work over the internet but so far I've only got it to work on my wifi.
  2. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    I have got an EyeTV on my Mac at home and can watch the TV on my iPad both over the local network (flawlessly) and the internet (with variable picture quality).

    I imagine your card will be fairly similar. Give it a go over the internet and you've got another great use for your iPad.
  3. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Heheh! I was always out of luck getting those TV tuners to work properly when I used Windows in the past.
    This seems like a very cool application. I've been thinking about getting an external TV tuner for my MBP, but it would need to support CableTV, particularly Comcast. Otherwise it's useless to me, as local TV channel reception is poor in my area.

    To make it work over the internet you may need to configure your router and add the appropriate port forwarding setting.

    Usually, enabling uPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) on both your router and PC should be good enough to make it work.

    Otherwise, i have found these instructions online:
  4. MacVDS thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
    Philomath Oregeon
    Yeah thanks. The thing is, the remove server settings in the WinTV can test my local wifi and internet settings and shows all is well for both. It then gives me a local IP and internet IP address to use. Local works, internet access doesn't. I'll probably just call tech support and see if there's something else I need to do. Port settings are working correctly, apparently.
  5. Chodite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    FYI - the update to Comcast's Xfinity TV iPad app (update due out next month) will include a ton of TV content. Basically everything that you can get on (as long as you're a TV subscriber)... including HBO, etc.
  6. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Slingbox + App for iPad which is now out today but have not tried it.

    Any feedback on quality of these options? I'm debating the Elgato vs Sling option. TV tuner cards have been a royal PITA over the years and even last year trying to get Orb working with my iPhone it was a disaster. I'm thinking find a used Slingbox Solo and for less then 130 bucks for box and app I'm done. So far seems the cheapest and easiest to deal with. I've been happy with the iPhone Slingplayer app a co worker has let me try out so hoping the iPad version will have as good of quality while on 3g.
  7. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    In my opinion, nothing can beat the ease-of-use and ease-of-setup of a Slingbox. I know that's going to spark some controversy, but it's just my opinion.

    I don't think leaving a PC on all day to stream the content is a viable option for me. I have a feeling it would significantly increase my electric bill.

    There are a lot of great deals for Slingboxes now. Just the other day, Office Max had a Slingbox Solo for only $80.

    And the streaming quality is amazing. I'm playing with the iPad app now. Remote streaming, this thing looks better than the dedicated app on my MBP. I've yet to try it on 3G, but from a few other commenters, it's supposed to look great. Just make sure that your upload speed at home is adequate. Mine is just under 1Mbps, which work well for remote streaming.

    In-network use is unbelievable. I can't tell the difference between the stream and regular DVR use.
  8. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Another vote for the new Sling Media player for iPad,
    it just looks great over wifi, and the guide is well done too.

    Requires 4.2 and I use a Solo on the cable box.
  9. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    I just ordered the Sling Box Pro-HD, get it Saturday. It will be mainly used on wifi at home so I'm looking forward to my new purchase and the new app. I have big hope for it.
  10. gh0001 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2008
    thanks for the info on Slingbox. Are there any good video/TV streaming apps? I like the ABC app but not about other programs

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