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sunshine68

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#20479 27-Mar-2008 23:21
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Hi - I'm just about to move into a small flat and I'm trying to save on space. Imagine my excitement when I read about the Hauppauge WinTV USB plug-in. Poised to buy one so I could watch TV over my laptop, I dug a little further and found some of this forum's postings. My question - would it be too hard for a non-programming person (e.g. the average person) to try and get TV up and running over the internet. Frankly, I don't care whether I ever see the Freeview channels - I just want to be able to watch TVNZ and TV3 - the news (and House). Can someone give me their learned opinion before I reach for my credit card, please? Thanks.

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  #119230 27-Mar-2008 23:53
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TV Tuners will get a TV signal through an aerial, just like a real TV. No internet required.
A channel streamed over the internet will not require a TV tuner - it will just play in your browser or media player (Like YouTube).
There used to be some channels streamed free over the web in NZ, but I cant remember the addresses, and do not know if they still exist or not.







 
 
 

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  #119237 28-Mar-2008 01:25
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It is really simple to get tv working, with analogue. The hardest part will be finding the best place for your aerial.

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  #119382 28-Mar-2008 18:11
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tonyhughes: TV Tuners will get a TV signal through an aerial, just like a real TV. No internet required.
A channel streamed over the internet will not require a TV tuner - it will just play in your browser or media player (Like YouTube).
There used to be some channels streamed free over the web in NZ, but I cant remember the addresses, and do not know if they still exist or not.

I recall a news article which said Freeview was in talks with Telecom for a streaming solution.



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  #119451 28-Mar-2008 22:32
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Thanks for your help, guys. My brother (somewhat of a "geek") also says to go for it. Hopefully, all will go smoothly but I may be back in touch (after checking the postings for solutions, first, of course) if it doesn't.

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