tv reception on computer

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  1. Loujess

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    Hi there. I am dreaming or did I see a thread on here some time ago, which mentioned a website where you could see tv programs? If so, are they current programs or old ones? We're off to Scotland tomorrow and the weather may not be too good so we may need some entertainment other than Yahtzee.
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    Thanks Jim. I was beginning to feel verbally invisible(?). You know what I mean.

    Ivy
     
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    your welcome.. I've only tried it a few times, I think there is a mix of 'live' and recorded
     
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    tvgorge for the american soaps.
    Also tvshack but after so long (time to watch a couple of programmes) on this you have to wait 1hr to continue
     
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    I've also got some films stored on the pc which I will be able to watch since I don't get round to it at home.
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    I asked in PC World about those dongles and was told that you would buy perhaps a month's worth of internet use which seemed quite expensive for the time I would use it. I was hoping I could get something like a pay as you go dongle so that you could just load it up for future use. Is there anything like that?
     
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    I don't know what you mean. Dongle is an overused word.

    A broadband dongle connect to the internet. A USB TV dongle has a TV aerial.

    I will be amazed if you can watch good quality TV programs using a broadband dongle. If you do get a good enough connection it will cost you a heck of a lot.
     
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    Brian makes a very good point - do you want to be able to watch TV broadcasts on your computer (basically turn it into a TV) or do you want to 'catch-up'.

    To just watch TV as it's being broadcast you'll need a TV tuner dongle and be in a good reception area.

    To 'catch-up' there are plenty of web sites, both ligit and 'iffy' some of which have already been mentioned so I'll just add SeeSaw http://www.seesaw.com/ . This requires a good internet connection which you will be unlikely to get with an internet dongle and would eat through your monthly allowance like my cat eats tuna (vey very quickly).
     
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    Visit a library - borrow books

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    We've been watching BBC live on the lappy in Scotland using a 3G dongle with great success,not so sure about ITV,but it could be worth a try.

    Mike
     
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    Maybe you can answer something I cannot, just how much data is this costing you ?
     
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    This might be of interest:


    http://www.consumerchoices.co.uk/hidden-charges-for-tv-on-demand.html

    Hidden charges

    Most internet packages come with a set download limit each month, and for those that are deemed “unlimited broadband”, customers will usually find that a fair usage policy applies, preventing heavy usage during peak hours.

    The Consumer Spy’s research found that some broadband customers are being charged as much as £2.00 per extra gigabyte, while mobile broadband customers who exceed their download limits are billed per megabyte, and could rack up humongous bills for downloading even a 30 minute episode of EastEnders.


    So how much of your download limit does watching TV online actually use? Well, as a quick guide:

    * Downloading a 10 minute video clip on YouTube = 200MB
    * Downloading a DVD quality film = 4.5GB
    * Downloading a 30 minute programme = 300MB

    Therefore, to download an hour long episode of David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood would use 600MB. Streaming, watching the programme live, uses less of your download limit but the quality is reduced. A 30-minute show will use about 125MB if streamed, but this depends on the iPlayer and your connection. Some users have reported watching a half hour live episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks for as little as 40MB.

    This may not appear to be much, but if you’re using mobile broadband, such as the O2 example in the table above, the costs soon mount up. If you’ve exceeded your download limit, streaming a 30-minute episode of EastEnders would cost you an extra £25, and downloading a DVD quality film would add a whooping £900!

    The lesson here is clear: make sure you read the small print and stick to your download limit.
     
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