There are lots of ways nowadays to watch regular TV programs on PC, but what provides High Definition TV?
First off, you will need a flat screen monitor on your PC that has HDTV-quality resolution. Most of the PC manufacturers offer discount on package when you buy the new PC model with dual-core processors and with HDTV-ready flat screen. You can be better-off avail of this package.
Otherwise, using your not-so-old PC, just buy a reasonable size flat screen with HDTV-quality resolution. You will connect the PC’s output to your HDTV-ready flat screen. There are two interfaces available that you can choose from: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable and DVI (Digital Visual Interface) cable. Be sure to choose the right cable when connecting to your flat screen. The most common one is the DVI interface.
Above is to output the signal from your PC to flat-screen display with high-definition quality.
Secondly, you will need a source of HDTV programs – this is the input. There are two ways to get digital-quality TV sources:
1. Using an HDTV Tuner Card and subscription to HDTV cable and satellite services. The tuner cards are available on your local PC shops that you can install to your PC through USB (Universal Serial Bus) or PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) interface. Your local cable service provider will provide the HDTV-ready channels for a monthly subscription.
2. Using PC software to access HDTV-channels through high-speed internet connection. Very important to have a broadband connection with at least 2MB download speed. This is more practical and easy option to watch HDTV channels instantly. Just need the software to access the channels to be installed on your PC.
That’s about it. It’s not difficult to setup, and it’s really worthwhile, especially when you are already watching high-quality TV and at the same time checking your e-mail or chatting online, it’s cool!
Nash Trout is an IT specialist by profession and a TV enthusiast. Check this out to have the software to access HDTV channels on PC.