What do I need to watch HD channels

Hewlett-packard DV9000
March 26, 2009 at 07:17:21
Specs: Vista Ultimate, 1.66/2
Hi,

I want to watch HD channels from my cable provider on my laptop but I do not know if I have the necessary hardware on it.

I currently have the following on my laptop
1. HP Express Card ( Analog TV Tuner )
2. nVidia Go 7600 Video Card
3. Samsung 2333SW 1080p resolution DVI monitor.

Are these enough to have an HD, or am I missing anything to watch HD programming?

Can you pls let me know what all I need for my laptop if the current hardware is not compatible?

Thank You!!

Gopala Dandu


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#1
March 26, 2009 at 08:39:37
First of all, do you have the ability to watch HD channels through your cable provider? Some companies charge extra for the service, so it's not standard.

EEOC


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#2
March 26, 2009 at 08:41:40
Yes, they provide HD channels which I would like pay if I have the hardware

Thank You!!

Gopala Dandu


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#3
March 26, 2009 at 09:05:24
your TV card is analog only...you need something like
the following to also get the HD channels...

HP USB TV Tuner

This hybrid tuner delivers traditional NTSC analog cable TV, HD6 digital ATSC3, and clear QAM digital TV.


•Watch and record analog cable TV, hi-definition digital ATSC1 or clear QAM digital TV on your PC
•Record shows at home, then enjoy them on the go
•Watch, pause, and rewind live TV or listen to live FM radio on your notebook
•Quickly see what's on with the easy-to-use electronic program guide
•Control your content with the full-function media remote control
•Get started fast: there's no additional software to install
•Get questions answered toll-free, 24 x 7, or via e-mail in as little time as an hour
•Warranty: one-year limited
•Compatibility: HP Pavilion dv4, dv5, dv7, dv2000, dv3000, dv3, dv5000, dv6000, dv8000, dv9000, tx1000, tx2000, tx2, dx6000; HP HDX16, HDX18; Compaq Presario V3000, V6000
•Minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista; AMD Turion 64, Turion X2 Dual-Core, or Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core mobile processors; Intel Pentium dual-core, Core Solo or Duo, or Core 2 Duo processors; 1GB system memory, available USB port for USB TV tuner, available USB port for remote control receiver, available TV signal source (may also require cable or satellite set-top box, which is sold separately)


Good Luck


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#4
March 26, 2009 at 10:27:33
Thank you so much..So I just need to get a new Digital TV tuner card.

My current video card and DVI monitor are enough for the HD right?

Thank You!!

Gopala Dandu


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#5
March 26, 2009 at 10:49:55
You are not going to get much in the way of unencrypted HD signals from your cable company (clear QAM). Most likely just the same channels you can currently capture with an antennae.

If you intend to watch on your laptop display you probably won't be able to tell the difference between the analog and the digital HD. Your display is too small to matter.

The cable companies all scramble the signals or send them on frequencies not accessable with over the counter hardware. Even DVRs that you rent from the cable company won't pass though HD signals. This is by design. The signal providers make sure any file that can be pulled off the DVR is degraded to Analog or basic digital. No HD.

My cable company uses DVRs that have a VCR out port. That is a degraded signal that you can send to your VCR, or in my case, to my media center with analog TV tuner.

Don't waste your money on any of that hardware unless you are willing to settle for OTA (over the air) HD. As I said, your screen is too small to make a difference anyway. If you have a display smaller than 32" you won't even see the difference between analog or 480i.


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#6
March 26, 2009 at 12:48:45
thx all for ur responses...I think I will save the effort and money to get a HDTV some time later

Thank You!!

Gopala Dandu


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