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Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:21 am

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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jamesbuk
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:23 am

yeh theres software called pctv i think and you can record your webcam take pictures and also tune it to watch tv
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:29 am

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
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:31 am

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.

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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:46 am

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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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:46 am

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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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:55 am

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

http://www.defyne.org/dvb/iTele.html

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...
 
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:20 am

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.
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 5:51 pm

PC Tv is good.
Installing a TV Tuner card also works with a Cable connection.
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RE: Your Computer. A TV?

Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:21 pm

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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