Monday, December 28, 2009

Watch TV On The Computer

You�re in your office. It�s time for your favorite show. You think to yourself, "Wouldn�t it be great if I could watch TV on the computer." Maybe you can. Being able to watch TV on the computer is now a reality. But does it deliver what it promises. Let�s take a look.

Here are some things to consider before committing yourself to a system that enables you to watch TV on the computer. It�s not the simple setup you might be led to think.

In order to watch TV on the computer you need to have the TV signal delivered to your PC. How you do this pretty much depends on the television system you now use.

If you are on a wire antenna or coaxial cable system, you will need a �splitter�. A splitter does exactly what the name implies. It splits one signal into two. One signal can then go to your TV. The other signal will go to your PC and enable you to watch TV on the computer. Generally, there is little noticeable loss of quality when a signal is split.

One major problem is running the cable from the splitter to your PC in order to make it possible to watch TV on the computer. Generally, the box or wall outlet used by the splitter is near your television set that may mean that the cable has to be run a long distance.

Some people use a wireless system to avoid this. It might work and you can end up being able to watch TV on the computer without a lot of hassle. But other times a wireless unit just won�t do the job.

Wireless systems are limited in the distance they can broadcast a signal. You may be able to watch TV on the computer but the picture may not be the best and you could lose your signal from time to time.

You may also need to install a TV tuner card in order to watch TV on the computer. This isn�t a difficult job but if you aren�t used to roaming around inside your PC, you will probably want this done by a professional.

And finally, the resulting image you get when you watch TV on the computer may be less than desirable, even with a quality installation. If possible, find a friend who is able to watch TV on the computer. Ask about the cost. Take a look at the quality of their picture. If you like what you see, go for it. If not, you might be better off to invest in another TV.

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