How to watch TV on my computer

  Shikaree 16:56 13 Oct 2008

Hi Folks,

Can anyone please tell me how I can watch TV on my computer. Can I use a lead to hook up mt TV with my computer. Or if there is any simpler way. Please Help,



  Technotiger 17:01 13 Oct 2008
  setecio 17:06 13 Oct 2008

buy a usb TV stick click here

  Stuartli 17:59 13 Oct 2008

A PCI Freeview digital/analogue TV card is generally superior to a USB stick, but both need a good signal to get the best results.

You will almost certainly find that a Freeview display on a good monitor (especially CRT type) beats a normal TV hands down, providing you use a higher resolution graphics card setting.

  lofty29 18:03 13 Oct 2008

the other benifit with using a tv tuner/capture card is that you can use the pc as a pvr and make your own dvd'd

  Shikaree 22:10 13 Oct 2008

Hello Technotiger, setecio, Stuartli, lofty29,

Thanks very much for all your Help & advise. I'll have to see if I have a spare PCI slot. I do have a spare USB slot which I use weekly for my External Hard Drive for Backing up my computer so they can share that USB slot.


  superhoops 23:02 13 Oct 2008

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  jarani 23:54 13 Oct 2008


  Woolwell 23:58 13 Oct 2008

Stuartli stated "both need a good signal to get best results." In my experience I needed a good signal to get any result and had to connect the USB stick to the normal TV aerial system.

  Stuartli 00:10 14 Oct 2008

That is exactly what I do, using aerial amplifiers.

As lofty29 also points out, the software with a TV card normally provides the full PVR experience.

Although I still have a VCR, I use my computer some 90 per cent of the time to record TV programmes via ShowShifter.

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