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Watch Cable TV On Your PC

According to a recent study, the average American spends about 6-7 hrs a day glued to his TV. However, this may soon change, as technological advances provide us with more innovative means of getting our daily dose of TV entertainment.


Breakthroughs in Computer architecture and design have resulted in the emergence of the home computer as an all-in-one work and home entertainment solution. This in turn generated various new applications that expand your home PC's usability.


One of the added features of a present day home PC is that you can now use it to watch your favorite cable programs. This functionality, which used to be an area exclusive to your living room TV set, has found its way to your home PC.


Why do it?


Simply because it can be done. And also because, setting up your PC to connect to your cable connection is relatively very easy. Once this is done, all the shows you get will be available for you to watch on your PC.


What do you need?


Obviously, you need a cable subscription and your home PC. You may need to purchase either a dedicated TV tuner card, which should fit on your PCs PCI slot, or a Video card with a built-in TV tuner, which should go into your PCs AGP slot. Both of these cards are readily available and would probably retail at around $50-$150 depending on the make and model. You wouldn't need a high-end card for this, so the most affordable one you can find should do just fine.


Software


The TV tuner card that you purchase will come with an installation CD that will include all the instructions on how to setup the card and how you can watch your favorite cable programs on your PC once installation is complete.


All programs accessible on your cable subscription will also be available on your PC, plus the added advantage of you being able to record these programs on your PC so you can watch them as often as you want.


An added feature is that you can also get an Internet subscription from the same provider using the same cable. Most cable companies in the US offer broadband Internet along with the standard cable service. So there is no need to attach additional cables. This will allow you to connect to the Internet and watch your favorite cable programs at the same time! Indeed this brings a new meaning to the term 'multitasking'.


Though this means an additional charge for the Broadband connection. Also, your cable provider may charge you extra for hooking up your PC to the cable connection, so be prepared to fork up the extra payment.


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