Watching and Recording TV
If your computer has a TV tuner or Personal Video Recorder card, you can use Media Center to watch and record TV. If your computer doesn’t already have one, you can purchase and install one or have one professionally installed. Ideally, you want a card that’s specifically designed to work with Media Center. One that comes with a Media Center remote control is ideal if you think there’s a chance you might want to connect your computer to a TV.
The TV tuner device you purchase will provide a connection for cable TV or an antenna. You’ll need to connect that to get TV reception. You don’t need to connect to a TV screen, however. You can watch and record TV from any standard computer monitor.
To use the TV features, choose TV on Media Center’s home page. You’ll see five options: Internet TV, Guide, Search, Recorded TV, and Live TV Setup. Before you start using Media Center for watching TV, you need to run through setup. Click Live TV Setup and follow the prompts to specify input type, scan for channels, and complete other setup and configuration tasks. If ...