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How can I stream the big game with my iPad?

Episode 1298

James from Huntington Beach, CA

James has an 80" Vizio HDTV and he'd like to stream it. Can he stream it from his iPad Pro? When he plugs it into the Vizio it plays sound but not the picture. Leo thinks it's probably copy protection. If even one item in the chain isn't HDCP compliant, it'll downsample it or even refuse to connect.

The best way to do it is with Apple TV. Another option is using an antenna. In fact, having an antenna will get the best image since it isn't compressed. If he has a good signal, it'll be the best possible image.

Aereo's Individual 'Dime Sized Antennas' Claim Might Not Be True

Television

Episode 1096

The Supreme Court ruled this week that Aereo is no different than a cable company, and should be required to pay retransmission fees. Aereo leases individual dime sized antennas to customers so they can watch local broadcast television for a low monthly fee. But this claim that all of these small antennas work independently from one another could be a lie. It may not technically be possible for such a small antenna to work by itself, and they may instead be working in concert as an array.

How can I DVR broadcast signals?

Episode 1090

Jamie from Long Beach, CA

Jamie wants to cut the cord and has heard about the Channel Master DVR for broadcast. Leo says that the chatroom recommends it all the time, and if he has a good antenna signal, it's a great option since HD is uncompressed over the air. But can he watch it elsewhere? Leo says it's fairly easy with it's ToGo capability, which would let him move his programs to his phone or tablet. He can also get just about everything online except for live programming like sports, awards ceremonies, and the news.

How can I record TV shows if I am just using an over-the-air antenna?

Hauppauge.com

Episode 898

Matt from Speedway, IN

He'll want to get a TV tuner card from Hauppauge for his Windows computer. He'll then plug in the cable from his antenna (or cable or satellite, if he had that), into that TV tuner card. Then he can use Windows Media Center to watch TV, or Hauppauge has software he can use to record and watch TV.

For the Mac, there's software called eyeTV from Elgato.