You can make laptop DVR and use it to watch HDTV. Making laptop DVR is surprisingly simple. Here is how you can convert you laptop into a DVR.
The first step is making sure your laptop has enough memory to work as a DVR. You may need to delete the programs that are wasting your laptop's storage space. Watching HDTV and using a laptop as a DVR will use up a substantial amount of your hard drive. Basic TV broadcasts will use about 20% while HDTV will use up to 70% of a laptop as a DVR.
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Once you have enough space to watch TV on a laptop DVR you will need an HDTV tuner stick. An HDTV tuner stick allows you to watch live television on a laptop. You can record your favorite shows with compatible laptop DVR software.
Connect your tuner stick into your USB port on your laptop. You may want to get a USB hub because the HDTV tuner sticks out quite a bit. If you are okay with it protruding out, that's fine too.
Connect your cable directly into the USB tuner stick. You can use an HDTV antenna as well. Make sure you have a powerful enough laptop to be a DVR and watch TV.
Use software that is compatible with your tuner stick to create your own laptop DVR. Recording TV on a laptop is a smart thing to do. If you are interested in giving less money to the cable company, make a laptop DVR.