You can watch and record free over-the-air TV, free (un-encrypted) digital cable channels, burn your favorite shows to a DVD and more, all on your computer with a USB TV Tuner!
If you watch TV on your computer using an antenna, and it doesn’t have an ATSC tuner, you will need an adapter to continue using your computer to watch TV.
PC-based TV tuners, specifically USB tuners, will make turning your computer screen into a HDTV - EZ!
The stick has an ATSC tuner that processes the HD signals the same way your HDTV does.
To provide even more functionality, many tuners also have a NTSC tuner built in which will let you receive analog signals as well as ATSC for those smaller TV stations that don't have to switch to digital.
If you have cable, the newer models offer a QAM Tuner that will allow you view "un-encrypted" digital cable channels for free!
Functional features may include time shifting, schedule recording, closed caption, EPG and more. With a USB TV Tuner you will be able to view and record your favorite HD shows. Then you can do whatever you want with the files, maybe burn it to a DVD or just put it somewhere on your hard drive.
Here are a few of these USB TV Tuners:
Artec T18AR USB TV Tuner with QAM Tuner
ATSC Tuner, Supports Unencrypted Digital Cable (QAM Tuner), Real Time Digital Video Recording, Schedule Recording, EPG (Electronic Program Guide), Time-Shifting, Fast Forward/ Fast Rewind and more.
Pinnacle Systems 8230-10020-71 PCTV HD Ultimate Stick:
ATSC Tuner, Hardware ready for Clear QAM (unencrypted digital cable) reception, Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with Time Shifting and TV Electronic Programming Guide.
ATSC Tuner, Supports Unencrypted Digital Cable (QAM Tuner), Personal Video Recorder (PVR), Remote Control. Certified for VISTA.
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950 TV Tuner Stick/Personal Video Recorder:
ATSC HD Digital TV on your PC or laptop screen. Watch and record cable TV or over-the-air HDTV on your desktop or notebook computer. Certified for VISTA.