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Your Computer. A TV?  
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 33
Posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1154 times:

Well, this just popped into my head and it got me thinking.
Is there a way to use your laptop as a TV? Where it would get regular local station type broadcasts?


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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

yeh theres software called pctv i think and you can record your webcam take pictures and also tune it to watch tv

You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

SWQ there are several adapters out there that do PC TV through USB.
Try www.tomeshardware.com or www.pcmag.com for reviews/recomendations.
I have an all-in-wonder pro AGP card for my desktop and used to watch TV through it when I had cable.. very good way to "work" and enjoy a program  Smile

User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1):
yeh theres software called pctv i think and you can record your webcam take pictures and also tune it to watch tv

Its hardware actually  Smile Although it uses software for the interface.

There is a big company called Haughpaug (sp?), that make various TV tuner cards. They even do USB ones.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8851 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

You certainly can, all you need is a tuner (plus antenna) and software to use it. I use my PC as a TV, good way of saving space and money.

That company is called "Hauppauge", and even though no one can figure out a way to pronouce the name, their products are quite popular and also some of the best available.

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User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

I have a 20" Apple Cinema Display that, along with a digital TV receiver controler card in my computer, acts as both Computer and TV Display. So there's no other screen or TV set to obstruct my room.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21547 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

For MacOS X there´s a rather nice Open Source solution for digital TV which works with standard Hauppauge cards or USB adapters (among others): iTele


The web site doesn´t look like much, but the application is very useful and practical. It´s not as "polished" as commercial ones, but it´s got quite a few features you don´t necessarily find elsewhere.

It doesn´t support analog TV, but that´s a steadily diminishing problem anyway...

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

I have a Cable interface on my laptop.

It has a software program that has Guide Plus and you can click on it and it records right to your hard drive as an MPEG like a DVR.

You can find them at Comp USA and Circuit City.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 1058 times:

PC Tv is good.
Installing a TV Tuner card also works with a Cable connection.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months ago) and read 1043 times:

I think Hauppauge is pronounced like Hapag in Hapag Lloyd...could be totally wrong though.

TV cards aren't that expensive, with a Hauppauge PVR150 you can use time-shifting & pause TV just like with a HDD-Recorder.

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