Support: WinTV with Extend

WinTV Extend:
Live TV on your iPad/iPhone, Android device, PC or Mac

WinTV Extend is an Internet video streaming application built into some versions of the WinTV v8 and WinTV v7.2 applications. WinTV Extend takes the live TV signal from any Hauppauge TV tuner and converts the TV signal into a form which is compatible with an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC or Mac computer. WinTV Extend then 'streams' the converted TV signal over the Internet to the receiver device.

WinTV Extend can be stream to a web based client, or if you are using an iPad or iPhone, you can use the Hauppauge Extend app which can be downloaded from the Apple app store.

WinTV v8 with Extend and WinTV v7.2 with Extend run on Windows based PCs with Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP. It currently does not run on a Mac, though TV from WinTV Extend can be watched on a Mac.

WinTV Extend has the following features

  • Streams live TV to your iPad or iPhone, or remote Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or the Internet
  • On the receiving device, you can use either an Internet browser to watch TV or you can use the WinTV Extend iOS app for the iPhone or 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

To run WinTV Extend, you need to have a WinTV TV tuner in your PC and your PC needs to be connected to either a home Wi-Fi network or the Internet.

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 or 4G 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 or 4G connection, you can use WinTV Extend with Safari or any other Internet browser.

WinTV Extend for Android devices, Windows phones, PCs or Macs

If you are using a Mac, PC or Android device, all you need is browser (Safari recommended on the Mac, Chrome or Internet Explorer on your PC). If you are using an Android phone or tablet, you need to be running Android version 4.1 or later.

To run Extend on your device, you will use a browser. Please refer to the Extend Quick Install Guide in the section called "Watching TV on your iPhone, iPad or other remote device ".

Where to get WinTV v8 with Extend TV application for your PC

WinTV v8 with Extend is available from the Hauppauge webstore at a cost of $9.95 (plus shipping). 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.

WinTV Extend currently runs with the following WinTV TV tuners

All WinTV-HVR TV tuners for North America and Europe, plus the WinTV-DCR-2650 and the Starburst satellite receiver, the WinTV-dualHD and WinTV-NOVA-T, WinTV-NOVA-S and WinTV-MiniStick products in Europe and Asia.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Minimum System Requirements For WinTV Extend

A Core 2 Duo CPU 2.0 Ghz or faster is required for proper operation of WinTV Extend. Due to transcoding that must take place, higher CPU power will be required than the original WinTV hardware product specifications. Software encoder products will require a higher end CPU than the hardware encoder products, and especially with analog video.

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.

I can connect to the extend server but live video will not play?

In order to stream video, disk buffering must be enabled. This means WinTV can not be set to game mode and your disk buffering cannot be set to zero. Go to settings in WinTV v8 or WinTV v7.2 and click the Capture tab to check disk buffer size. Click the Advance tab in settings to check game mode.

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 Hauppauge TV tuner with hardware encode. Hauppauge TV tuners with hardware encoders include the WinTV-HVR-1600, WinTV-HVR-1850, WinTV-HVR-1950 and WinTV-HVR-2250. Your system performance can improve by about 30% by using a hardware encoder.

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 or the original HD PVR?

Yes, WinTV v8 supports the HD PVR 2 and the original HD PVR.

WinTV v8.5 with Extend Download for Windows

This is the WinTV v8.5 with Extend application for Windows

WinTV v8.5 with Extend is available from the Hauppauge webstore at a cost of $9.95 (plus shipping).
You can order it from the Hauppauge Webstore

WinTV v8.5 application and TV tuner driver download package

WinTV v8.5 is the latest version of the WinTV v8 application for Windows. This download is a complete WinTV v8.5 installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.

Installation notes for WinTV v8.5:

A WinTV v8.5 Activation Code will be needed to install this WinTV v8.5 version.

If you have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-930C (16xxx), Colossus (not Colossus 2), HD PVR model 1212, WinTV-HVR-1100, WinTV-HVR-1300, WinTV-HVR-1400, WinTV-HVR-3000, WinTV-HVR-4000 or WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2, you MUST use WinTV v8. WinTV v8.5 does not support these products.

If you do not have an WinTV Activation Code, but you have a WinTV v7 CD, you can install the WinTV v8 application.

If you do not have an WinTV Activation Code or your original WinTV v7 CD-ROM, you can purchase a new WinTV v8 Activation Code on the Hauppauge webstore. This can then be used to activate WinTV v8.5.

WinTV v8.5 installer
For Windows 10, 8, and 7

File name: wintv85setup_37045.exe | File size: 110 MB | Date: Feb 12, 2019
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To install the WinTV v8.5 application

Note: You will need to have your WinTV v8.5 Activation Code to complete this installation.

  • Download the WinTV v8.5 installer. After downloading this file, it's normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Run wintv85setup from the Download directory on your PC. Halfway through the installation, a message will pop up asking for you to enter the Activation Code.
  • At the Activation required screen, click on Enter Activation code and enter the activation code which was emailed to you, is printed on the WinTV v8 activation card or printed on your WinTV v8 CD. You do not need to enter the dashes, and you can use upper or lower case characters.
  • When the installation is complete, you will find the WinTV icon on your Windows desktop. Double click on this icon. The WinTV application will run. On the first run of WinTV, you will asked to select the TV source and then will automatically scan for channels.

The WinTV manuals can be found here.

Note: If you have a WinTV v8 Activation Code for Extend, the latest version of WinTV v8.5 with Extend will also be installed.

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WinTV Extend Quick Install Guide

Download WinTV Extend Quick Install Guide

WinTV Extend router setup instructions

Get information on configuring your router at home so that WinTV Extend can send live TV over the Internet.

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