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Hauppauge myTV 2GO review

Watch digital TV on your smartphone, tablet or PC laptop

Our Verdict

For

  • Electronic programme guide
  • PVR functionality
  • Good image quality
  • Good software and app

Against

  • No HD channels
  • No option to attach larger antennae

TV tuners for your computer are pretty old hat, but ones such as the Hauppauge myTV 2GO, that you can also use on your smartphone or tablet, are a little more new and exciting.

Of course, if you have a data allowance from your mobile operator generous enough to stream TV from the internet via 3G, then this might not be of too much interest to you. And if you've already got a USB TV tuner in your PC, again you're not going to be too inspired to part with your money.

But for viewing TV on the move, it isn't too bad at all. You connect to the Hauppauge myTV 2GO via Wi-Fi, which makes it compatible with iPhones and tablets without USB connections. Or you can connect through USB on PCs.

While connected to the Hauppauge myTV 2GO via Wi-Fi you can't get internet from your wireless router. There is a work around for this, but it is rather convoluted and didn't work for us - Hauppauge warns that it is not compatible with all routers.

Setting it up is very easy, and although the Hauppauge myTV 2GO can't receive Freeview HD, image quality was very good, especially on the smaller screens of the tablet and smartphone we tested it on.

The software available works well, with a built-in programme guide, and ability to record or pause the channel. A battery life of around three and a half hours isn't too bad, but it has a removable battery, so for longer trips you could buy a spare.

On the downside, the antennae is rather small, so it only works in areas of strong signals, and there's no ability to connect a larger antennae to it.

Verdict

Overall the Hauppauge myTV 2GO is a good device, but make sure it's what you need before buying it. While the video quality is very good - especially on a smaller screen - you should make sure you can get a strong Freeview signal where you're going to be using it.

The application that comes with it works very well with touchscreens and on desktops.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTV Tuner
Product FamilyMyTV
Video SystemDVB-T
Brand NameHauppauge
Form FactorExternal
FunctionsTV Tuning, Digital TV Receiver, Video Recording, Video Streaming
Host InterfaceWireless
USBYes
TV AntennaYes
Height13 mm
Width50 mm
Depth90 mm
ManufacturerHauppauge Computer Works
Product Model2GO
Product NameMyTV 2GO TV Tuner
Product LineMyTV
Manufacturer Part Number01463
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hauppauge.com
Marketing Information

Watch and record Freeview on your iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac!

Download the Free App, extend the built-in antenna, scan for channels and watch LIVE TV. It's that simple.

Watch and record Freeview TV on your iPad or iPhone, in your home while moving around, in the kitchen, in the garden or even in the bedroom.

myTV 2GO is simply the easiest to use digital TV receiver for your iPad or iPhone myTV 2GO sends live digital TV signal over a Wi-Fi connection to your iPad or iPhone, so the connection is wireless making installation a snap! Just extend the built-in myTV 2GO antenna and place the device where you get good Freeview DVB-T reception (such as near the window in an airport, hotel or at home). Then start watching live, great quality Freeview DVB-T TV!

Package Contents
  • MyTV 2GO TV Tuner
  • MyTV 2GO DVB-T Receiver
  • Removable Battery
  • Mini-USB Cable
  • Installation CD-ROM with Fuugo TV
  • Quick Install Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)70 g