Fact 2: Broadband connections are widely available.
Fact 3: Video cards with TV output are common and relatively cheap.
Addition: Access an online TV stream (or put a DVD on your PC), drag the window with video to your TV screen, maximize window, and there you are... you'll have access to TV channels from all over the world in the comfort of a big TV set.
Drawback 1: Moving the window to the TV set is tedious, and maximizing it on the TV set can be a problem if you don't see your TV set while you are sitting at your computer.
Drawback 2: It would be nice to have all TV channels organized so as not to enter to your web browser every time you want to change channel!!
The solution comes from fact 4: A simple program can be made in VB that will handle the list of TV channels, and automatically move the screen back and forth to the TV set.
Here I show you how I set up the hardware and software required to have a complete grid of TV channels from the internet organized on the screen of your TV set!
Step 1: Hardware
- Wire required to connect the TV output of your video card to the video input of your TV set.
- Broadband connection (at least 1 Mb/s).
- TV set
Connect the computer and your TV set as required. Enable the output to a second screen (usually done from the desktop menu, but depends on the video card). Check it works.
You may also want to connect the sound output of your computer to some nice speakers.