It's hard to believe that there was a time when there was only one way to watch a TV show: with your television set. Your options were limited to one of three networks who dished out safe and dumbed down programming to the masses.
If this is your situation now, then you my friend, could use a little change. The 21rst century awaits. Read the following three tips on how to watch TV on the computer.
1) One popular way to watch TV on the computer is to use BitTorrent networking to download a movie for free onto your PC. BitTorrent networking has been around for years and is a type of Internet peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing used to download movies and music.
When a movie is downloaded in a P2P network, it is first split up and distributed in small bits to the various people in the network. Then everyone proceeds to supply each other with the missing parts that they need until everyone in the network has a completed file.
The person that supplied the original intact file at the start is called the seed. The actual process of downloading requires that you install what is called bitTorrent client software.
BitComet is a client software that's been around for a while and is more than adequate for the job. Next, use a torrent search engine such as torrentz.com and enter a search query related to the movie you wish to download (like 'Clint Eastwood').
When you get a search result that you like, click on the link. You will end up at a page with the title of the movie and a 'Download Torrent' button or link.
Click on this and the download will commence. When the transfer is finished, it is your turn to become the 'seed' and to allow other users to share your complete file.
You do this by leaving your torrent client software running for a few hours. Please bear in mind that this description is a brief overview of the process.
It is important to realize that downloading copyrighted material is illegal and that some individuals using peer-to-peer networks for illegal downloads have had lawsuits brought up against them.
2) Want to transfer TV shows from the television set to your computer? Try using a USB TV tuner. This device is external to your laptop or PC and can be simply connected to your computer and television.
This external arrangement is quite different from the TV tuner card which is installed inside your PC. Signals from your TV's output ports are transferred to the USB TV tuner input ports.
These signals are modified and sent on to the USB port of your computer. As with most USB TV tuners, the television shows can be saved to your hard drive as well as paused, rewound and fast forwarded.
Some models will also allow you to burn TV shows to DVD. The price can vary from $50 to $200.
3) If you don't want to mess with hardware or learn the intricacies of P2P, then another alternative involves installing some specialized software. The software basically connects you to the thousands of streaming TV stations that are on the Internet.
Other than the basics of having a computer with a fast Internet connection and a few common and free media players, there are no requirements. So that leaves us with the cost of the software itself which varies from $50 to around $100.
Now that you know what's out there and how to get it, its time to take action and try out few of these goodies for yourself. Hopefully this article has opened your eyes to the incredible entertainment opportunities available to anyone willing to take them.
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Marc Sandford is an Internet TV and video enthusiast. Get more details on how to watch TV on your computer at www.squidoo.com/how-to-get-tv-on-your-pc/.
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