The growth of digital television means getting TV on to your PC is easier than ever. After you install a television tuner and drivers, launch the media control software to configure your application. From the opening screen, select the TV option. This will take you through the setup process.
After selecting the appropriate region, click the Start button to begin scanning. Depending on your type of card (and your location), you will receive analogue or free-to-air digital channels. The number available will depend on your local reception. Boost the signal by plugging your device into the main household aerial.
Once the channels have been set up, select one to watch. The TV Stick we've used is HD-ready, offering high-definition picture quality. As well as being able to watch fullscreen, you can set programmes to record. Click the red button on the console at the bottom of the screen. Programmes will be saved to your hard drive.
You aren't restricted to capturing the programmes you're watching. By scheduling recordings you can use your TV as a video recorder - ideal if you're going away. Select a channel, date and time to copy video. The recording will be saved as an Mpeg2 or Mpeg4 file. It will say how much space is required.
If your PC is powerful enough (ideally, it will be equipped with a dual-core processor), you'll be able to encode and play a TV stream simultaneously. If you're recording while watching, you can pause the video without affecting how it's captured to disk and pick up a show later with no loss of quality.