PC TV Tuner
Technology continues to amaze me. It is now
possible to watch TV on your PC. I am not talking about watching pre-recorded shows through a cable station’s web
site. I am talking about live, right from your computer, TV. All thanks to the PC TV tuner.
The technology has arrived, it has been
perfected, and it is easy to use. You also have many choices. PC TV tuners will capture cable shows and show
them on your PC. There are also devices available for HDTV. And you have a choice of PC TV
tuner type; a PCI card or an external USB box. Either choice works well so which one you choose comes
down to personal preference.
The PCI card will not clutter your desk area
as it slides into the computer. Once you install it into the closed case it is hidden from view. It is also the
less expensive option. While the USB is external and has a connection cord, it is easier to
The TV tuner for your PC will
also function similar to a Tivo or DVR. It will screen a
show, record the show, rewind and capture. You will be able to watch your favorite shows live and
full screen. You also have the option to watch from a small box on the screen while you work on
The computer TV tuner card is very easy to install and use. You may even find it
easer than setting up that Tivo or VCR. You do not have to struggle
through complicated instructions or mess with zillions of cables. The TV tuner
card comes complete with an easy to use instruction manual that will have up and running in less than 5
PC TV tuners are cost
effective; a bargain. With Tivo and SVR devices running in the hundreds of dollars, a PC TV tuner
card can be found for under $100. You have spent quite a bit of money on your PC. Spend a little
more and you will soon be watching TV from your desktop.
PC and Computer TV Tuner - Another
If online streaming is available for free over
the internet why would you want to invest in a PC TV tuner card? The answer is simple. Most shows available over
the internet are pre-recorded. With a tuner card you can watch live TV, anytime, right on the PC.
PC TV tuners are very affordable. It will run you less than $100. Compare
that to the price of a Tivo or DVR and you could be looking at a savings hundreds of
You have probably already spent quite a bit of money on your laptop or desk top
PC; spend a little more and turn it into a complete media center.
With a computer TV turner card you will
have all the capabilities of a DVR or Tivo. You will be able to screen live TV, record shows, record shows while
watching something else, and set a timer to record at a later time. You will also have the ability to rewind, fast
forward, and capture screen shots right on your desk top.
One other interesting feature
is the ability to watch either full screen or through a small box on the screen while working on
something else. Watching Survivor while typing a proposal; watching a baseball game while checking
your favorite player’s stats; all this is obtainable with the click of the mouse.
PC TV tuners are
internal devices. It will fit into your computer. After purchasing the card you will install it following an easy
to understand instruction manual. The card will then be in an enclosed box and not visible.
You can purchase a computer TV tuner
that allow you to watch regular analog and cable TV or you can purchase one for HDTV programming. Check to see if
HDTV is available in your area before spending the extra money. But keep in mind, it is not much more and the
screen resolution with an HDTV card is phenomenal.
Whichever type you choose, you will soon be
sitting in front of your own personal media center.
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