Watching HDTV on your Computer

December 12, 2008 – 8:54 am, posted by Oliver

With the required change to HDTV, one interesting way to take advantage of this new technology is to convert your computer into an HDTV.   This is much cheaper than purchasing a new HDTV and gives you many advantages over buying a converter box for your old TV.   The HD tuner plugs right into a USB port and the software tends to install automatically.  While these tuners can cost anywhere from $60 – $200, they are still much cheaper than buying a big screen HDTV.  You can get free HDTV through either the antenna on your converter or rooftop, or hook your computer to a cable box.

Converting a laptop to an HDTV works really well.  Many of the laptops sold in the last few years are multimedia centers with 15.4 inch widescreen which is a similar shape to smaller HDTV’s.  The laptops are portable and can be moved from room to room, which can reduce kids fighting over the TV. If the converter has its own antenna, you can even watch free HDTV outside your home.  You can use your DVD burner to make a copy or save a copy of a show or movie directly to your PC which makes it easy to send a copy to a friend.  You can even get a PC remote control making changing channels a breeze.



  1. One Response to “Watching HDTV on your Computer”

  2. Blu ray uses MPEG-4 HD, without HD tunner installed on PC, i can only view Red ray MPEG-2.
    My HDTV has a build in tunner, with roof mounted antenna i can get some local and HDTV channels. Any way sony since released a version with build in powerfull antenna, this should pick up all local and HDTV network channels in HD.

    By WK on Dec 17, 2008

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