Watch Cable TV on your Computer

Did you know that with minimal investment [CLICK HERE], you can watch HDTV, Analog & Cable TV on your PC (or laptop)? Many people are unaware that it is possible and are also unaware that you can purchase a PC with a TV tuner already installed as part of the package.

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Ever since my first tuner card (in a Packard Bell computer many years ago); I have not been without one since. It takes your PC to another level. It impresses your techie friends that you can watch TV (in a sizeable window) AND record TV while you work on your computer; plus, it is a definite must if you want to get the most out of your Windows Media Center installation.

If you do not want to open your PC to install a tuner card (OR you have a notebook PC), a new technology is the portable TV tuner that plugs directly into one of your USB ports. Now keep in mind, you will have to run the actual wiring from your cable or analog service source to the PC. There are several manufacturers of tuners out there, but my choice is the tuners made by Hauppauge. I have had good luck and support with their products in several PC’s that I have owned.

If you are looking for an easy way to bring TV to your computer, I encourage you to take a look at the WinTV-HVR-950Q hybrid TV stick that brings over-the-air high definition ATSC digital TV plus analog cable TV to your PC or laptop! What you see in the picture below is the actual tuner that plugs into an USB port on your PC and the included remote control.  This is a really cool option for your computer!

You can get it [HERE]

WinTV

  • TV tuner allows for viewing and recording of television on PCs via USB 2.0
  • Compatible with 32 bit and/or 64 bit Windows 7
  • Accepts video feeds directly from a camera or satellite box
  • Small size makes it easy to carry and ideal for laptops
  • Includes Personal Video Recorder software for scheduled recording of programs and remote control

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  1. Hi Rick,

    Interesting topic. I have been going around in circles the last couple of months trying to research which TV Tuner card to get when I ( or if I) build my new desktop pc.

    I had decided to go with the internal card even though it suddenly stops it from being portable at all only because the internal cards tend to be more reliable and tend to come with better software and greater capabilities, so I have read, whether that is true or not is another story and I am happy to stand corrected.

    The choice of tuners on the market is the one that has me confused because they all promise to deliver the goods, but when you start delving deeper into user opinions that is when the truth starts to emerge.

    The other thing that I notice is that it seems to take a long time for new models to emerge with the latest and greatest technologies and that the market seems almost stagnant in that regard, I dunno maybe that is just what I have seen and perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places.:-)

    Hauppauge of course have always had a good reputation and for good reason and I have all but decided on their WinTV-HVR-2250 model for my own use, but once again it probably is total overkill for the odd occasion that I actually want to use it for.

    My point is ah I’m not really sure, just saying how confusing the whole topic of TV Tuners are for me.

    Cheers,
    John

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  2. John,

    I typically went with the Hauppauge tuner cards that you install in the PC. I love it; especially the ability to record programs and burn to DVD, if I want. I think you are making a good choice with the HVR-2250. By the way, thanks for the great comment.

    Rick

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