use PC to watch (analog) tv

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October 7, 2010 at 10:24:06
Specs: Windows XP, 1.60 GhZ/0.99 GB
i don't know if this technology's still possible... i have an analog tv and live in a mountain community where cable tv's not an option -- only dish. however, i also have an old dell inspiron laptop -- came with vista and was changed out w/windows xp (pirated version, which of course we didn't know til months after we'd paid for the "fix"). i would like to hook up laptop to television and watch tv using internet.

you can tell i don't know my tech particulars here -- please advise, if you can and will, if this is possible as well as specifically what i need to buy (product names, website links, if possible).

thank you, jenny

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October 7, 2010 at 10:56:53
Most TV companies have a web presence that will allow you to watch TV programmes over the Internet. All you need is a computer with a decent browser and a good Internet connection. The TV itself doesn't really come into it unless you want to relay the picture from the computer to the TV.

To do that you need a video out connector on your laptop, either composite video, which is usually a yellow RCA socket, or S-Video which is a round multi-pin socket with corresponding connections on the TV.

However, you do need a good Internet connection, 2Gbs broadband at least. It will be extremely slow if all you have is dial-up.


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October 7, 2010 at 11:56:11
thanks, stuart! :)

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