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watching tv on your pc??

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by elli5on, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. elli5on

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    Just a quick question, im buying xp media center tomorrow. I will want to watch tv on my pc. What extras do i need.??
     
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    a tv card... and a tv licence!
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Some way of recieving the TV signals too. (not too sure if you get aerials with tv cards.)
     
  4. zimbo
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    The one that you suggest Zimbo is very simillar to the USB one that I bought a while ago, it came with a 1.5 Meter aerial cable.

    What I thought ellison was after was something to actually plug into a PCI slot.

    One question for you Ellison, why are you getting MCE? you don't need it to watch the tv! 8)
     
  6. zimbo
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    these i think are alot better as they dont take up a slot... and can be use on a pc or laptop! they used (or still do) come in a PCI card i think.
     
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    ellison, u can watch tv on yr nomal xp machine too, just need a tv tuner, u can fit it into yr pci slot...no need for media centre then if u need to watch only tv :)
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Which media centre are going for? I’ve been trying to sell the idea to the wife for months with no success!

    Anyways back to the portable TV for me! *




    * = its not a portable TV but it might as well be! :biggrin
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Okay firstly Media Centre is really cool, I have been using it for about six months now and it suits me perfectly. We watch TV, DVD's, videos, picture slide shows and listen to music, all without touching the mouse or keyboard.

    Some things to bear in mind as MC 2005 is flaky to say the least.

    1) You must buy a TV card that is compatible with Media Centre 2005 or it won't be recognised in MC

    2) You need a decent graphics card, on-board is unlikely to work properly

    3) A Gig of RAM if you intend to carry on doing other work on the PC whilst using MC

    4) Buy the remote control, it is affordable and cool 8)

    5) Buy a decent sound system with a sub woofer

    6) I would recommend a 19" widescreen LCD monitor for watching HDTV and DVDs

    7) You definitely need a decent outdoor aerial which can pick up dig TV signals

    Then sit back and enjoy 8)

    The Interface even puts a Mac to shame :twisted:
     
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  10. elli5on

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    Cheers for the replies guys, I fancied buying media center to make a change from the same old same old xp pro/home ed.

    I have a decent enough graphics card, well if it wont play on £300's worth just a couple of months back, I would like a word with ATI :biggrin

    only running a 17'' however, maybe an upgrade in a few months or so.

    Cheers

    Craig
     
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