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Builing new system - Watching cable TV question.

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January 12, 2007 7:13:07 PM

Hey everyone. Thanks for all of your help and information so far!!

I almost have everything for my system, I just need a few more parts.

I'm debating over purchasing windows xp media center edition. I would like to be able to watch cable tv on my computer, with the ability to pause and rewind.

This is my question...

I do not have a cable internet connection, I have DSL. What kind of hardware would I need to be able to watch cable TV on my computer?

Is there anything I could purchase that would allow me to plug in the cable tv into the computer so it would work with windows xp media ed.?

Appreciate any responses!
January 12, 2007 7:43:08 PM

if your looking to wtach tv than you should really get windows xp media center edition. if you already have the cable box, then all you really need is to buy a TV Tuner card, or a graphics card with a built in TV tuner, like the AIW cards from ATI.
January 12, 2007 8:02:16 PM

You don't need MCE, just get XP Pro or Home and a video-in card (maybe your graphics card has VIVO?) and plug the cable box into that - you'll be able to use the cable remote for changing channel, and then point the software at the right channel and set it to fullscreen or whatever's your bag.
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January 12, 2007 8:49:23 PM

Thanks for the responses...

I dont have digital cable (no cable box) Just the regular cable tv.

If I purchased a TV tuner, would it work if I plugged the tv cable into the Antenna slot?
January 12, 2007 9:08:09 PM

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Thanks for the responses...

I dont have digital cable (no cable box) Just the regular cable tv.

If I purchased a TV tuner, would it work if I plugged the tv cable into the Antenna slot?


Yes,,, as long as the input to your video/tvtuner//computer is a bnc,standard cable coax.....enjoy :) 
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