I have an new laptop that I want to watch HD channels on using the USB tuners on the market, but I don't know the best one to buy that works well. Do they even perform any good? I hear that some of the models aren't worth purchasing. I get mixed reviews.
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Re: Best USB HD Tuner?
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To your concern, most but not all USB ported TV tuners are reasonably good and serve the purpose. Often the problem encountered would be OS compatibility, video card compatibility and of course, just how good the incoming TV signals are.
Rule of thumb would be go for known brands with reputable after sales support. Some of the brands that have had good reports are those by Pinnacle, Hauppauge, Canopus and Asus.
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Step 1: b> While TiVo and other devices allow users to record and play back their favorite TV shows and movies whenever they want, those who watch television on their laptops have been forced to rely upon a number of different Internet websites that host movies and television shows. Fortunately, hardware and software now exists that allows laptop users to record TV shows directly onto their laptops and replay them whenever they like. All they need is an open USB port.
Connect the USB TV tuner to the laptop using a free USB port. Connect the cable wire to the USB tuner's cable input. Insert the TV tuner's installation disk into the laptop and follow the on screen directions to install the appropriate drivers and software. When prompted by Windows, select "install software automatically" to install the device drives. When prompted by the WinTV software to choose which programs to install, ensure that the option for the WinTV scheduler is checked. Launch the WinTV 2000 software now installed on the laptop. Press the "scan" button to load all of the available television channels. The channels that the tuner is able to locate will be displayed in the bottom half of the screen. Press "close" when the scan is complete. The amount of time to complete this step will vary depending on the number of channels being added. Choose a channel to record using the channel selection buttons on the left hand side of the on screen menu now displayed. Press the "record" button located on the bottom of the screen to record the program current displayed on the screen. Alternatively, recording can be scheduled using the WinTV Scheduler software included in the WinTV installation package. From the WinTV Scheduler main window, press "add program". Next, enter the time and date in addition to the channel to be recorded. Finally, click "save program". While recording TV on the laptop is not nearly as straightforward as it is with Tivo and other similar devices, the above methods are both reliable and relatively intuitive.
Hi, Yes you can buy a small device that is a TV Tuner Card which avarage around $50 more or less and some cards even have a recording ability that would be a little expensive, once you install the card and software, hook up your antenna (if none on the card) and follow the instructions to watch TV... Though if you have high speed internet you can also watch TV on the net, there are thousands of channels and you will find many links to softwares you buy to watch these channels, but the best is a free web site http://wwitv.com/portal.htm
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You can watch TV on your laptop, but you need to purchase an USB TV tuner and plug it into the laptop's USB port plus install the TV tuner software.
There are several manufacturers that make these USB TV tuners, I suggest you do a Google search for these devices for the best deals.
The best way to go is to purchase a USB TV tuner. You can buy these from just about any outlet, either online, or at a local store. Here in Australia, they generally cost around AU$100 or so, and offer decent quality - the only issue you may come across is that the antenna that comes with a USB TV tuner generally isn't very good - you may need to keep this in mind when shopping around, and buy a TV tuner whose antenna offers the highest dbA (which should usually offer the picture with the least ghosting etc.).
This means you can watch and save Programs running in different Channels in your TV, with your Computer. configure your tuner card, just need to install the driver and enjoy. check the link for TV Tuner Installation :