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Watch Cable TV on HP NC6000 Laptop

by jainagray / October 12, 2011 6:30 AM PDT

The TV in my home office is defunct. I would like to find a way to watch cable TV on my HP NC6000 laptop. I had something similar in my desktop, which now is defunct as well, and it let me watch TV on a small window regardless of what app (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) I was using. I was wondering if a USB TV tuner would work in a similar way.

Something like this:

KWorld USB ATSC TV Stick (UB435-Q) - ATSC HDTV / QAM receiver - Hi-Speed USB - External

If not this one, can someone suggest another? I would like to spend about $25.00. Is that possible?

OS is Windows XP. I also have a Windows 7 netbook, so I'd like a tuner that would work with both.

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Clarification Request
You have one question for your Cable guy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 4:02 AM PDT

"Do I need a cable decoder box or can I watch it on my HD digital ready TV?"

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I Think It Doesn't Matter
by jainagray / October 14, 2011 3:08 AM PDT


The tuner I'm thinking about says it works with both analog and digital cable. I won't be using a TV, just a Windows XP Pro laptop, and a Windows 7 netbook.

I called the cable company, and they said that their converter box is digital, but their signal is analog. I do not have a converter box in the my home office, so I'll be plugging the tuner into a USB port, and then plugging the analog cable into the tuner. Do you think that the tuner in the link below would work? It's diffferent from the one I mentioned in my first post. It's on the CompUSA website:

MyGica U6012B USB TV Tuner Stick - USB 2.0, ATSC QAM, FM Tuner MPN: U6012B

So, do I need further info from my cable provider?



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Sounds like it's ready.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2011 3:14 AM PDT

If a HDTV can decode the signal then these cards or sticks can too.

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Thanks So Much
by jainagray / October 16, 2011 2:41 AM PDT


I do appreciate your help, and always come here to CNET to get the best and most reliable info. So now I can work and watch my favorite shows on Food Network, using the excuse of gleaning info about what to make for dinner. LOL. Thanks, again. Oh, and if I don't like Food Network, I always can swi tch to QVC! Hahaha.

Seriously, I hope this info helps other who would like to do the same thing. I'll try to remember to post the results once I get the tuner and software installed.



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