Hauppauge myTV 2GO-m for iPad and iPhone review
Hauppauge's myTV 2GO-m is a small, lightweight TV tuner that connects to your iOS device via your 30-pin dock connector or Apple's more recent Lightning to 30-pin Adaptor. Once connected users are prompted to download a compatible app - myTV 2GO - from the iTunes App Store and follow some simple onscreen prompts to scan for digital channels in your particular location from a list of countries. The process produced a full selection of Freeview channels with the exception of HD channels, including radio stations defaulting to BBC1, which is impressive considering the only aerial resembles a plastic loop attached to the tuner.
Hauppauge claims the antenna can be used to receive Freeview signals within approximately ten miles of a broadcast transmitter, which in reality suggests the closer you are to a transmitter the better the reception. If you struggle with digital reception locally the chances are myTV 2GO-m will be equally flaky as it lacks anyway to connect an external aerial. We maintained decent reception indoors and out, good solid images, only the odd audio pop, during our tests, all within distance of a local transmitter. Another plus is the useful 'Program Guide' or EPG, which is built-in, showing detailed TV listings. Additionally users are offered the chance to 'Favourite' or record TV shows, which is a major plus if you want to watch recorded shows later at your convenience.
The myTV 2GO-m comes with a mini-USB cable for charging, although not an actual charger for connecting to a wall socket, and lasts around two and half hours before it needs recharging, a process that takes another two hours. If you’re planning a long night watching TV, this isn't going to be the best option available, and those travelling for a living are likely to have a TV to hand in any half decent hotel room. You can extend TV watching time significantly by using your iOS device in Airplane mode to charge myTV 2GO-m, anywhere up to nine hours. If your iOS device is sitting on a dock charging this won't be an issue. Interestingly, although the myTV 2GO-m officially supports a selection of more recent Apple mobile devices, we managed to get excellent reception out of the first generation iPad using the myTV app.
The myTV 2GO-m from Hauppauge is a useful iPad accessory for watching TV, ideal for anyone who lacks the ability to do so online or wants to save valuable data limits. It's usefulness, on your travels especially, depends on local Freeview signal strength, or further afield digital DVB-T compatibility and reception, a factor which may prove frustratingly inconsistent.