iPad Watching live TV on iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Annorax, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Annorax macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2006
    Hello all,

    I have an iPad 1 64GB model. I subscribe to Comcast and have their Xfinity TV app and it works OK but I'm open to and looking for other solutions for watching TV when I am out.

    Is there a way to watch live TV and local news channels on the iPad?

    I know many TV channels each have their own apps - do I need to download so many apps (one for each channel) or is there a consolidated app that plays all of them (aside from things like the Xfinity TV app which I have).
  2. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    You could get a slingbox, but that requires a hardware and app purchase.
  3. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
    i have a slingbox m1 and it works great. I had a sling box classic for 8 years before it finally died.
  4. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    If you can get it, the U-Verse app by AT&T allows you to watch all TV channels live on your iPad or iPhone using wifi or cellular. Also, the CNN app allows for live viewing of CNN.
  5. iWooz macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
  6. pietrov macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2011
    In the free version of Zattoo there is too much ad... :rolleyes:
  7. techiegirl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
  8. jcmeyer5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2008
    You could get into a TiVo setup. They have either built in streaming or streaming via external module.
  9. Pat too macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Over here in the UK we can use a dongle-like TV tuner device that plugs in the Lightning port (30pin and Micro-USB version also available) which can typically receive around 30 to 50 Free-to-air TV channels.

    I had a look at the Amazon.com and it looks like a similar device available in the US is running on a "Dyle" service which sounds very restricted judging by the reviews. What is this service, is it the only Free-to-air TV you guys in the US can receive?
  10. FAsnakes macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    + 1 on the dish anywhere app.. Works great. .
  11. iWooz macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013

    I use it and there's only an ad before you start a channel. No ads in between.
  12. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Another vote for Slingbox. The one I have even has an input for an antenna if you just want to watch live local TV while someone is watching the cable/satellite box. It works great with the Directv box I own, too, but it takes over the box, so you would want to hook it up in a location that gets the least use when you are away.
  13. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    To get some of the basic channels you can use TVCatchup, it's free and available on the App Store. Don't be deceived by the name, it is actually live TV. This is in the UK only though.
  14. rigormortis, Nov 22, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    I got a hdhomerun, it sells for $99 or so. Has 2 or 3 tv tuners. The newer ones have cable card support. The 3 tuners allow 3 different recordings at the same time. HDTV over wifi can be a little choppy. It's great cause it's a networkable tv tuner. It's what they sell in those eye tv boxes. You can have multiple hd home runs each with it's 3 tuners.

    Theres not a lot of apps for the iPad though. You can buy the hd home run and bundle it with eye tv and use eye tv to pipe it to the iPad. I think.. Someone else made an app called insta tv pro , that lets you watch tv with a hd home run but they want $11.99 for the in app purchase for the tv watching part.

    I don't wanna spend $11.99 on something that might not work.

    I think eye tv might allow watching tv over the net. I don't know. Insta tv I think only works on your local network

    hdtv over wifi with a hdhomerun run can get choppy because the hd home run is more or less sending live video straight off the antenna to your computer or iPad with little or absolutely no transcoding whatsoever. You get the exact 15 to 25 Mbps that you get from your local broadcast station. It's all digital so its pristine. Works with over the air and cable tv. They have cable card versions and just regular versions that work with unencrypted qam cable channels.

    Just passing it along
  15. shacky macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2008
    I think what it comes down to is that you can really only use an app that works with authentication of your cable account. In your case, you are using xFinity. Other than that, in the US, something like Sling is the only thing that will open up new viewing for you.

    This is an evolving area, in fact, CBS is experimenting with an on-line subscription right now. (Which may be another option for you.)
  16. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    I got the newer hd home run plus to go with my dual. The plus has its own dlna and upnp server. It doesn't have cable card support. When I am home I can just launch Vlc by video lan and click on upnp and watch live tv without having to buy insta tv.. The plus encodes live tv using h264 so it takes less bandwidth then the older dual which was MPEG 2

    I got a plex pass and it was easy to install a beta or hdhr viewer plug in for plex server. I can watch actual live tv over the net on my iPad

    It's not 100% reliable for streaming over the net. Sometimes my plex app sees my plex home server over the net and sometimes it says I don't have a net connection.

    Silicon dust say they are working on a native app for iOS

    Playing from my plex media server to a Roku with live tv can make it look like a bad YouTube video.. But playing directly on the Mac , iPhone and iPad looks great.
  17. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    There is no need to buy a Dongle in the UK just use the tvcatchup app for live tv.
  18. rigormortis, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    i saw some tv tuner dongle or iPad for $13 and another for $99 but they both only work for dyle. its some special mobile tv thing, and not regular atsc. only picks up 6 channels here

    anyone know of any dongles for iPad / iPhone that pick up regular atsc?
  19. kevo1011 macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2010
    Any truth to the silicon dust app for the homerun prime? I am currently using instatv but hoping they come out with their own app.
  20. madamelulu macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2014
    What? How does the app let you watch live TV?
  21. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
  22. Pat too macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Of course, but TVCatchup and dedicated Live TV apps like iPlayer require a data connection when you're out and about and not everyone has, or wants to pay for a high data plan. By using a dongle/TV tuner there's no need to put up with constant buffering problems in congested 3G/4G areas. Another advantage of certain dongles is that they allow basic PVR functions like pause and recording.
  23. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    NO it does not, not all channels!!
  24. machtv macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    JB the ipad then install the kodi entertainment center. and watch anything you want for free.:)

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