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Live TV on your iPad/iPhone, Android device, PC or Mac
WinTV Extend is an video streaming server built into the Extend versions of WinTV v10. WinTV Extend takes the live TV signal from any Hauppauge TV tuner and converts the signal into a streaming format called 'HLS'. 'HLS' is is compatible with an iPad, iPhone, Android device (phone or tabler), PC, Mac of the VLC media player. WinTV Extend converts the TV signal to HLS and then 'streams' the HLS video over WiFi or the Internet to the receiver device.
WinTV v10 with Extend runs on Windows based PCs with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7. WinTV Extend does not run on a Mac, though TV from WinTV Extend can be watched on a Mac and an iPad through a web browser or VLC.
WinTV Extend has the following features
- Streams live TV to your iPad or iPhone, Android phone or tablet or remote Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or the Internet
- On the receiving device, to watch TV you can use an Internet browser, the VLC media player or you can use the WinTV Extend iOS app for the iPhone/iPad
- Digital parental control (North America)
- Closed captions (North America)
- High Definition TV support (when used with Hauppauge TV tuners with HD TV support)
- Integrated TV recording scheduler
- Instant time shift and recording
- Multiple tuner support, either the WinTV-HVR-22xx or the WinTV-dualHD
- Logical channel numbers
- supports VLC (a popular video media player) running on any device connected to the same network as WinTV Extend is running
WinTV Extend Server for Hauppauge TV tuners and HD PVR video recorders
WinTV Extend Server is an Internet video server built into the WinTV v10 with Extend application. WinTV Extend requires a Hauppauge WinTV TV tuner or HD PVR video recorder in your PC, and your PC needs to be connected to either a home WiFi network or the Internet. WinTV Extend runs on Windows based PCs (it currently does not run on a Mac, though TV from WinTV Extend can be watched on a Mac).
To watch TV on your iPhone/iPad, you need WinTV v10 with Extend on your Windows PC and the WinTV Extend app for iOS (available on the Apple app store).
To watch TV on your Android device, you need WinTV v10 with Extend on your Windows PC and a browser such as Chrome running on your Android device.
To run WinTV Extend, you need to have a WinTV TV tuner (or HD PVR 2 or Colossus 2) in your PC and your PC needs to be connected to either a home Wi-Fi network or the Internet. In addition, your PC needs to be fast enough to convert your TV signal to a digital form used for streaming (HLS).
WinTV Extend for the iPad and iPhone (iOS devices)
To watch TV on your iPhone/iPad, you need the WinTV Extend app for iOS (available on the Apple app store).
WinTV Extend for non-iOS devices
To watch TV from Extend on your device, you will use a browser or the VLC media player. Please refer to the Extend Quick Install Guide in the section called "Watching TV on your iPhone, iPad or other remote device ".
If you are using a Mac, PC or Android device, all you need is browser (Safari recommended on the Mac, Chrome or Edge on your PC) or VLC. If you are using an Android phone or tablet, you need to be running Android version 4.1 or later.
Where to get WinTV with Extend TV application for your PC
WinTV with Extend is available from the Hauppauge webstore at a cost of $12.95. You can order it from:
If you click on the Gallery tab above, you will find some screen shots of an iPhone receiving video from WinTV Extend. The iPhone pictures show the TV control overlay with Pause and 30 second replay.
You can also watch live TV on your Mac or PC
If you are using a Mac or a Windows PC, you can also watch live TV from the WinTV Extend Server. All you need is a browser (Safari recommended on the Mac) or VLC.
If you click on the Gallery tab, you will find some screen shots of an iPhone receiving video from WinTV Extend.
WinTV Extend currently runs with the following tuners and video encoders
The WinTV-dualHD and WinTV-soloHD, all WinTV-HVR TV tuners for North America and Europe, plus the HD PVR 2, Colossus 2, WinTV-DCR-2650 and the Starburst satellite receiver, the WinTV-NOVA-T, WinTV-NOVA-S and WinTV-MiniStick products in Europe and Asia.
Latest Version of Extend
Note on Flash:
The latest version of WinTV v10 with Extend uses HLS ('HTTP Live Streaming') and has been tested on Chrome and Firefox on Windows, Apple iOS and Android platforms. Previous versions of WinTV Extend used Flash as the streaming format. Flash has been discontinued as of Dec 31, 2020 so please upgrade to the latest Extend!
Installation notes for WinTV v10:
If you do not have a WinTV v10 Activation Code, you can purchase a new WinTV v10 Activation Code on the Hauppauge webstore.
If you have purchased an Activation Code for WinTV v10 with Extend from the Hauppauge Webstore, the latest version of WinTV v10 with Extend will be installed.
Installation on multiple computers: the WinTV application can be installed on as many PCs as needed as long as you use the same Hauppauge device. We link the serial number of your TV tuner (sometimes it's the MAC address) with the Activation code. So as long as you use the same Hauppauge device, you can install the WinTV application on more than one computer.
This download is a complete WinTV v10 application, including Windows drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.
Record to network drive (NAS drive). When you enable this option, WinTV v10 will automatically move your recordings to a network drive after the recordings are complete, freeing up disk space on your PC.
WinTV v10 installation instructions
The WinTV v10 installer will install Windows drivers before installing the WinTV v10 application. It will also remove any pieces of a previous WinTV version before installing the new version.
- Step 1: Download the WinTV v10 installer by clicking the download button above. The WinTV v10 installer is normally saved in the Download folder on your PC
- Step 2: Run wintv10setup from the Download folder on your PC. If you see the message "Windows Protected Your PC, Windows Smartscreen prevented an unrecognized app ...", click 'More info' and 'Run anyway'. Windows Smartscreen is a new 'feature' in Windows 10 to prevent new updates from being installed automatically.
- Step 3: Halfway through the installation, a message will pop up asking for you to enter the Activation Code.
- Step 4: At the Activation required screen, click on Enter Activation code and enter the activation code which was emailed to you or is printed on the WinTV v10 activation card. You do not need to enter the dashes, and you can use upper or lower case characters.
- Step 5: When the installation is complete, you will find the WinTV icon on your Windows desktop. Double click on this icon and the WinTV application will run. On the first run of WinTV, it will automatically go through the TV source selection and will scan for channels.
Find the WinTV Extend app on the Apple app store
The new WinTV Extend app is available from the Apple app store at no cost. To download WinTV Extend, look up 'WinTV Extend' on the Apple app store.
Here's a link to the Extend app on the Apple app store:
WinTV Extend for the iPhone and iPad (the WinTV Extend iOS app)
Watch live TV on your iPad or iPhone, at home or anywhere in the world over Wi-Fi!
WinTV Extend for iOS is an application for the iPad and iPhone which allows you to stream live TV from a Hauppauge TV tuner or to play back TV videos which were recorded with a Hauppauge TV tuner.
To use WinTV Extend for iOS, you need:
- WinTV Extend for iOS app (available on the Apple app store)
- a PC which has a Hauppauge TV tuner or HD PVR video recorder installed
- WinTV v10 application with the WinTV Extend Server - installed on the PC
WinTV Extend for iOS will allow you to watch all of the TV channels you can receive on your Hauppauge TV tuner. If you have recorded any TV programs with the Hauppauge TV tuner, you can also watch these TV programs on your iPad.
The WinTV Extend app for your iPad or iPhone
The WinTV Extend app is available from the Apple app store at no cost. To download WinTV Extend, look up 'WinTV Extend' on the Apple app store.
Here's a link to the Hauppauge Extend app on the Apple app store:
The WinTV Extend iPad/iPhone app uses a Wi-Fi connection only (no 3G, 4G or 5G support is currently available). Wi-Fi can be used to watch live TV from your Hauppauge TV tuner in your home or in a hotel (as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection for your iPhone or iPad). If you want to watch TV over a 3G, 4G or 5G connection, you can use WinTV Extend with Safari or any other Internet browser on your iOS device.
Latest version of the Hauppauge WinTV Extend app for the iPad/iPhone
WinTV Extend app version 1.0.40004:
- support for HLS streaming
- improved iPad user interface, including landscape mode
- auto detection of WinTV Extend servers on the local network
- server selection screen for remembering and choosing between multiple servers.
- improved compatibility with iOS
WinTV Extend Frequently Asked Questions
Extend uses Flash, but I read that Flash support in many web browsers is being discontinued in 2020. Will I still be able to use Extend?
Hauppauge is moving the streaming format from Flash to HLS, which stands for 'HTTP Live Streaming'. HLS is support on most if not all modern browsers.
The latest versions of WinTV v10 with Extend (version WinTV v10 39009 or later) uses HLS in place of Flash.
HLS will be initially supported on Chrome, Firefox and Edge, and will roll out to other browsers over time.
How fast does my PC need to be in order to use WinTV Extend to stream over the Internet?
We typically recommend an i5 or faster or equivalent.
Why can't I see all of my TV channels on my iPad?
If you have problems seeing the complete TV channel list on an iPad, use two fingers to scroll the channel list. On the iPad, you need to touch a channel number once to set the channel. To scroll the channel list, use two fingers. Click once on the TV picture to see the video controls: 30 second replay, pause, play, full screen, audio volume adjust.
My PC is running very slow when I'm using analog cable TV with WinTV Extend. What can I do to improve my system performance?
If you are using analog cable TV, you will get better performance if you use a CPU which is higher performance such as an i5, i7 or i9 (or equivalent).
I'd like to watch TV on my iPad from outside my house. How do I open a port on my router so that this will work?
For WinTV Extend to be used from outside of your home, you need to have an open "port" on your Internet router which allows video to pass from the PC which is running WinTV Extend to your iPad or other supported device.
For instructions on opening a port on your router, click here.
Can I use WinTV Extend with the IR blaster?
Yes. If you have one of the Hauppauge TV tuners with a built-in IR blaster, WinTV Extend can use the IR blaster to change the channels on your cable TV or satellite set top box. Hauppauge TV tuners with a built-in IR blaster include the WinTV-HVR-1600, WinTV-HVR-1850, WinTV-HVR-1950 and WinTV-HVR-2250.
Can I use WinTV Extend with the HD PVR 2?
Yes. WinTV v10 includes support for the HD PVR 2.
If I use Extend with an HD PVR 2 which is connected to a cable box and the TV channel is 1080i, will the transcoded video be de-interlaced, and if so will it be 60 fps or 30 fps?
Normally, Extend will encode the video to progresive via one of the built-in profiles (which can be customised). It will be encoded at 30 or 25fps depending on the input fps. e.g. 60 will be 30, 50 will be 25.
The profiles are designed so that the Extend video streams are compatible with phones, tablets and PCs. The Extend UI on the client will have a selection of profiles which were tested to be compatible with the client.Here is an example of the profile for PC streaming, which comes from the WinTV Extend configuration file:
<Device name="PC" localProfile="1Mbps, 576p" remoteProfile="320kbps, 480p">
<Profile description="2Mbps, 1080p" bitrate="2048" resolution="1920x1080" remoteBuffer="4400000" localBuffer="4400000" audioBitrate="192k"/>
<Profile description="4Mbps, 1080p" bitrate="4096" resolution="1920x1080" remoteBuffer="6000000" localBuffer="6000000" audioBitrate="192k"/>
I have a data plan on my iPhone which is limited. How much data will WinTV Extend use?
WinTV Extend, when used to send video over a cell phone network, consumes approximately 490 Mbytes per month for 10 hours of remote TV watching. When WinTV Extend is used through a WiFi network, there is no cell phone usage.
WinTV Extend Guides
Get information on configuring your router at home so that WinTV Extend can send live TV over the Internet.