How to Watch Live TV on Your Laptop, Computer or Mobile Device

If you are looking for ways to watch live TV on your laptop or computer there are many options. It can be very convenient to take live television with you when you’re traveling. For those looking to have an easy portable way to watch live TV, these USB devices are quite simple to install and small enough to fit in your pocket. There are many devices that can be plugged into a computer that allow you to see live TV stations in your area. Let’s take a look at some of these options.

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Live TV on an iPhone Device

Escort Mobile Digital TV for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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With the receiver you can watch live TV from your mobile device. You can catch live TV on your iPhone or iPad. You will be limited to the local broadcast signals in your area. The device comes with an easy to install app that allows you to scan for stations. You can also select, pause and resume up to ten minutes of Live TV. The nice part is you don’t need a data plan to use it.

Specifications

  • Miniature digital TV receiver
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Special airwaves reserved for TV and do not tap your data plan
  • No 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or data plan required
  • Works with free iDTV USA app (available from the Apple App Store)
  • Access major network TV with Dyle mobile TV coverage

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Portable
  • Convenient

Cons

  • Small antenna

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Live TV on an Android Device

Android Digital ATSC TV Tuner Receiver For Tablet Smart Phone (DT-120)

Android Digital ATSC TV Tuner Receiver For Tablet Smart Phone

This Android Digital Tuner allows you to watch live over the air TV on your Android phone. Works well depending on your broadcast area. You can rewind and fast forward live TV shows using time shifting recording. This device lets you record TV shows instantly and store the recorded video files in your mobile device for convenient playback later. Has an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) function for users to view TV broadcast information for current and upcoming programming. Comes with two flexible antenna hookups, you can use the MCX type mini antenna or RF adapter for hookup with regular home antenna. Nice little device.

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Includes:

  • ATSC tuner module
  • Rope style antenna
  • Mini DTV antenna
  • Hanger clip
  • Suction cup for desktop stand
  • RF adapter

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Portable

Cons

  • Not chargeable

Where to Buy:

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USB HDTV Antenna Devices

These devices plug right into your computers USB port and give you free over the air channels. They are quite small and portable. Great way to watch or record your TV shows.

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner

Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner For Notebook

The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner is a nice little device that is easy to install. Just plug into an available USB port and attach the included portable antenna. Then install the software and drivers and before you know it you’re watching live TV. It comes with the free Titan TV online listing service that allows you to record live TV to your computers, hard drive and schedule recordings. Once installed, it was pretty easy to scan for channels. The quality is great and so are the controls. Make sure to go online and download the latest software and drivers to get the best performance out of this device. It’s a terrific TV tuner for your PC.

How to Watch Live TV on Your Laptop, Computer or Mobile Device

Specifications

  • ATSC HD
  • Plugs into your USB port
  • Comes with WinTV-Scheduler, so you can record your favorite TV programs daily, weekly or once.
  • Portable digital TV antenna is included
  • Record ATSC digital TV programs to your PC’s hard disk using high quality MPEG-2
  • Clear QAM digital TV tuner built-in
  • Watch, pause and record clear QAM cable TV channels
  • Windows Media Center compatible

Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • Nice recordings
  • Good quality

Cons

  • Remote could be better

How to Watch Live TV on Your Laptop, Computer or Mobile Device

How to Watch Live TV on Your Laptop, Computer or Mobile Device

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Kworld USB ATSC TV Tuner UB435-Q

KWorld Hybrid TV Tuner with FM Reception and Video Capture TV Tuners and Video Capture UB445-U2

The Kworld USB ATSC Tuner is another quality way to watch live TV on your computer. It has a very sensitive tuner with an excellent signal meter. This USB tuner includes a telescoping stick antenna. The base is magnetic so it stays in place very well on a metal surface. This device is a good alternative if you don’t have a traditional TV and can live with watching all of your local channels on your computer. It is feature filled and comes with stable software. It is easy to use and intuitive with low processor loading on your computer and the picture quality is excellent.

How to Watch Live TV on Your Laptop, Computer or Mobile Device

Specifications

  • Supports Digital TV (ATSC 8VSB) or Digital Cable TV (unencrypted QAM)
  • Supports up to 1920 x 1080i (HDTV Video Output) and Dolby Digital AC3 Audio Output
  • UB435-Q is fully compatible with MediaCenter
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Software
  • Supports Time Shifting and Scheduled Recording function
  • Auto Channel Scan and Name Recognition
  • Supports EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
  • Supports Real-time Video Recording in Mpeg-2 Format
  • Capture Still Images in JPEG format
  • Edit the Video and Photo files with a simplified operation

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Good software
  • Magnetic antenna

Cons

  • Device runs a little hot

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Xbox One

Hauppauge also makes a USB tuner stick for the Xbox One that will turn your game console into a powerful media center.

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  • Watch free over-the-air broadcast TV on your Xbox One monitor
  • Pause live TV and stream live TV around your home with the Xbox SmartGlass application.
  • One Guide integration will display local TV listings
  • Connects easily to your Xbox One via USB

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Conclusion

With any of these devices, taking TV on the go has become so easy. Just fire up your laptop and plug in the antenna.  These USB tuner sticks are also great for building your own home media center DVR to record your favorite shows.

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About Johan
I started the site to educate the public on the alternative ways you can watch television besides subscribing to cable. I have been in the audio visual business for over 20 years. I also have an extensive computer networking background. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and CompTIA Network+ Certified Technician. I hope you will find my articles and reviews helpful in conscious uncabling.

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