OK, just starting to think about playing around in the guts of my computer now that I have learned how to build a basic computer … and I was browsing a parts page.
I got to looking at the video cards and found this tv on computer card . And so I got to wondering. Can i just plunk this into my box next to my regular video card, and jack in the line from my cable box? Does this mean I can just use a monitor instead of buying a replacement tv for the crappy ancient tv in the bedroom?
Though I am not into lots of tv programs [i tend to watch documentaries and movies mainly, if I did record something it would be to burn it to a dvd rather than keeping it in HDD.] This would go a long way in cutting down on excess electronic crap in the bedroom … it is a tiny bedroom, and with 2 or 3 computers there isnt much space for a tv as well =)
o I tell it to automatically record “MythBusters” and some similar shows whenever they show.
o I add a few other shows (e.g. my wife likes “What Not To Wear”)
o I procrastinate the editing/DVD burning for awhile
o Suddenly I find a backlog of dozens and dozens of shows waiting burning.
Additional info you didn’t ask for:
o I use a tool called VideoRedo to edit out all of the commercials. It’s sweet.
o I then use Nero to burn the DVDs.
Hm, I have nero and have as adjuncts dvd ghost and dvd43, though a friend of mine who is away on vacation has a cute little program that will also let you cut a long vid into parts so you can split a double layer dvd into 2 dvds, or let you pick and choose which parts of the multiple chapters you want to dub, but he is out of town on business and I cant emember the name of the program.
I am pretty good about watching the stuff I record, because I really only like one series [house] and maybe 3 or 4 documentaries or movies a week enough to want to save them. I do have some ancient vid tapes I would love to dub onto dvd though=)
If you want to go a little farther, ATI makes a video card with the TV tuner built in, plus an FM receiver AND a remote to run it. It also gives you the TIVOish options. This supports the remote, but it doesn’t look like the remote is included. I can’t find a link right now to the version with the remote included.