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# 19263 11-Feb-2008 14:40
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Hi - I am wondering how to set up my home computer so I can watch TV on it - just the main channels 1, 2, 3, C4, Prime.... at the moment.
Do I need to buy a special modem / aerial or something else to get it connected?? if so what do I need & where can I get it, and how much will it cost?
We also have Sky Digital and if possible I'd like to get that set up too, but will worry about the main channels at the moment...

We have broadband (1gig plan) and a new PC with heaps of memory, disk space....etc...

any advise would be helpful.

thanks.

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  # 109883 11-Feb-2008 15:24
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I've had this kind of setup working for a couple of years now.  I have the following setup:

- Hauppauge (http://hauppauge.com) TV Tuner card (there are a few to choose from including ones which will receive Freeview)
- BeyondTV (http://snapstream.com)

The other half decent TV viewing / capture software is SageTV (http://sagetv.com).  I chose BeyondTV because it has a really good LAN streaming client, but at the time SageTV was a close 2nd.  Note that I said 'the OTHER half decent...', When I was looking, there was NOTHING else that came close to STV or BTV, the rest were utter rubbish (& I looked far and wide, believe me!!)  There may be new players in the market now, but there was nothing on the horizon that looked like it might be good in a few years when I was on the hunt.

On a similar note, Hauppauge was the only decent TV tuner hardware out there as well!  I tried about 5 or 6 other cards (yay for Ascent's return policy!!) and hey all had some fatal flaw or another.  The Happauge is really good quality and has been ROCK SOLID! I've never regretted paying the 10-15% extra to get this card over a crap one.

Hope this helps!

Sam.

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