Watching TV on one's PC can be a joy for the individual itself. With digital age almost a reality, one is bound to experience remarkable change in PCTV also. One can enjoy his working while watching TV in a small screen on desktop. Or one can just record his or her favorite programmes on his PC's hard disk.
It's equally important to know how to run a PCTV. To get TV signals on PC, one needs a special hardware. PC TV cards come in two key types. Some go inside desktop PC case these are normally PCI cards, and some are external boxes that plug into PC's USB port. Here we will take a quick look at these to know how they function.
These small boxes plug into PC or laptop's USB port. To get one of these working, One needs to plug a TV aerial into the aerial socket on the TV adapter, and then plug the adapter's USB lead into a spare USB socket on PC. USB TV adapters are supplied with a CD containing the software and drivers needed to get you up-and-running.
Depending on the model one selects, some boxes are powered from the USB socket, and some require external power. Some of the older units require one to connect a supplied lead into sound card.
PCI card plugs into a free PCI slot inside desktop computer. One needs to have a spare PCI card inside desktop PC, and need to remove the case to fit it. It's then a case of plugging a TV aerial cable into the back of your desktop PC, and use the supplied TV software. The required software is supplied on CD, and needs to be installed before one can make use of the card. However, for this one requires fewer boxes to have plugged into USB ports and one'll need to open up desktop PC and fit it into a PCI slot.
Whether one should go for the digital or analogue receiver, in this changing scenario, the question haunts most of its users.
Digital: A digital receiver will give an access to number of the extra channels with the sharp picture quality. While some say that analogue service will come to an end in 2012, still it is a long way to go. Analogue cards are often cheaper than the digital ones. Another important medium doing round is Hybrid. This gives the best of both worlds - it's capable of receiving digital TV and can cope with an analogue input too.
So in near future one can enjoy the quality of digital age on its PC TV.
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