Monday, November 23, 2015

Apps That Will Turn Your iPad Into A Portable TV

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There are a number of apps that can be used to turn your iPad into your own portable television set.  Most of the apps available today do this by intercepting the signal from a cable box, and then broadcasting that signal through your home Wi-Fi network.  This makes the TV stream available on your iPad anywhere in your home.  But there is at least one option that will actually turn your iPad into an actual functioning portable TV.

Sling TV

Sling TV does not intercept the cable box for a signal.  It is a cable internet provider that does most of the same things your cable TV company does,  except run a cable to your home.  It streams video across the internet.  It costs about $20 monthly, and you can get some of the more popular channels such as ESPN, TNT, and TBS.  You also subscribe to premium channels such as HBO. 

The best thing about Sling TV is that it takes no extra hardware to make it work.

TiVo Stream

If you are content with intercepting the signal to your current cable box, consider TiVo Stream.  But you need to also consider that this option will be the most expensive in terms of upfront costs.  You will need to add the TiVo Stream to your existing set-up.  You may also choose to add the TiVo Roamio Plus.  This option includes the TiVo Stream and the TiVo Roamio for basic TiVo service.

One good thing is that with this set-up, you can stop renting an HD DVD recorder from your cable company.  This may save you a few dollars.  While this option costs more, it does have one extra bonus that many people love.  You can watch recorded AND live shows.  The TiVo Stream basically turns your iPad into a TiVo player, so you can get at that is contained in your TiVo DVR.
@Tv Plus

One of the newest players on the market, Belkin's @TV has many of the basic features of the other two products mentioned here.  It also gives the user the ability to pause and record live TV.  But you should know there is one option missing here that many people want, and that is an HDMI connection.

Expect boxes for this service to start around $149.99, but there is no extra charge for the iPad app.
Cable TV and Network Apps

If you are not looking to hook up any hardware to your entertainment system, you can download apps from your cable provider, or from major providers offering DirecTV packages and deals.  They offer iPad apps that will allow you to watch TV, but they may not allow you all of the perks of having a subscription as the other services.

These are just a few of the apps you can use to watch TV on your iPad, and you can be sure where will be new players on the market soon.  As of now, these are really your best options to watch what you want, when you want, where you want with your iPad.

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