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What is a TV Card

These days, many people use their computers for a plethora of different tasks involving work, education, communication and entertainment. With today's computers being more powerful and feature-rich than ever before, some people use a PC as the main home entertainment platform. If you're going to watch movies and listen to music on your PC, then you'll probably want to be able to watch television on it as well. To add this functionality to a computer, you'll need a TV card. TV cards come in two different forms. There are internal add-in cards which you install inside your computer and there are USB TV adapters which you simply plug into any available USB port in order to watch TV. These are ideal for laptop computers in particular. Regardless of which type you have, you'll still need to install the necessary drivers in order to use them.

A TV card consists of a TV tuner (either the internal add-in card or the USB tuner), a cable to connect it to the aerial and a remote control. While you'll need to install the latest drivers to get everything up and running properly, there's not really any need to install the included applications for watching television. Windows Media Center, included in all editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, is designed for watching TV and movies and it works with TV card remote controls.

TV cards originally became popular in certain countries because no TV license was required to use them. This is usually not the case anymore, however. TV cards still offer a number of other advantages. For example, it's much cheaper to buy a TV card if you have a computer already rather than to buy a separate television. It can also be useful to have everything in one unit. Windows Media Center also provides a centralized location where you can watch TV, movies, online television, listen to music and view photo collections. You can even make a dedicated Windows Media Center PC by changing a few settings on your computer. This will make sure that Windows Media Center starts up automatically every time you log into Windows so that you can use your remote control to work with the machine whenever it is turned on.


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