We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,862 Tutorials

How to watch live digital TV on your PC

Install a PCI or USB TV tuner

Get TV on your PC with a USB tuner

1. We're using a Pinnacle USB tuner, but all kits should consist of a software CD, a USB dongle and an antenna. You'll need to attach the aerial to the USB stick for use on the road, otherwise you can use your existing TV aerial. Insert the connector at the end of the antenna lead into the TV tuner.

Step 1: Get TV on your PC with a USB tuner

2. Insert the TV tuner into an available USB 2.0 port on your PC or laptop. Once the hardware has been recognised by Windows, insert the supplied Pinnacle TVCenter Pro CD and follow the onscreen instructions to install the necessary drivers and software. Click the TVCenter Pro icon to launch the software.

Step 2: Get TV on your PC with a USB tuner

3. The first time you launch the software, you'll be prompted to configure the TV tuner's settings. After this, the device will establish which TV channels are available. If you're using the supplied aerial, you'll need to position it as close to a window as possible. Reception can be affected by tall buildings and walls.

Step 3: Get TV on your PC with a USB tuner

4. A list of TV channels currently broadcasting will be displayed in the main window. Use the up and down buttons onscreen to select between the available channels. The Pinnacle package we're using here includes a smart remote control that lets you select a channel number from the outset.

Step 4: Get TV on your PC with a USB tuner

IDG UK Sites

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: A better deal than the Z3 and most smartphones

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...