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Help me with TV tuner Cards

by shablo5 / September 10, 2010 8:23 PM PDT

Okay. So My friend swears up and down that even if I pay 150$ on a TV tuner card, and an antenna (Not sure the price of those) that I won't be able to watch TV or satellite without some sort of subscription to the cable or satallite companies. This makes sense to me, but that can't be right, can it?
Can I really just buy a tuner, an antenna, and get TV? If so, what kind of TV can I get or what is my TV limited to?

What should I look for when I buy a TV tuner, same goes with antenna. I would prefer the cheapest possible.

Will I be getting the same programs as cable or satellite? Or am I only getting free channels? I don't really even understand what free channels are or how many there may be.

Thank you for your answers.


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Can't Edit, Sorry
by shablo5 / September 10, 2010 8:29 PM PDT
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the simple answer is
by jonah jones / September 10, 2010 8:49 PM PDT

unplug your TV from your cable TV box, plug in a 'regular'
TV antenna....

what you see on your TV is what you will see on your PC



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Just to clarify a little;
by ahtoi / September 11, 2010 4:14 AM PDT

TV tuners comes in variety of forms, internal card forms and external enclosure forms. If you live close enough for you to pick up free TV broadcasting then cable or satellite subscriptions are not needed. All is needed is a ATSC(digital) tuner (and a antenna) that you can connect to the PC. I have no recommendation because I have no experience with them, sorry.

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