Media Tools

USB TV Tuner

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Watch TV on your computer

I have had this little USB TV Tuner for about a year and have ended up purchasing another for my daughter. If you are not familiar with these, it is a small USB powered TV tuner that allows you to watch over-the-air or standard cable TV on your computer. I initially purchased this to use with my laptop in the event of a power outage during severe storms. We get some pretty bad storms with tornadoes in this area and it is good to be prepared. I can simply plug this into our aerial lead and be able to watch the local weather reports without needing internet access.

Since owning this I have found other uses such as recording OTA broadcasts, SD analog inputs and anything else where you need to use a laptop as an A/V monitor. The latest use was to purchase one for my daughter to use in her dorm room. Her school offers free basic cable but she did not really want a full TV in her room. She can plug this into her laptop and watch TV or even record a show to watch later. The antenna that comes with it is pretty weak, but it has worked for my purposes. There are lots of slim OTA antennas out there such as the Leaf that would do a better job.

-- Matt Schirmacher 10/19/16