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8-step guide to watching TV on your PC and mobile

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What better way to relax than to curl up in front of a good TV show? PC Advisor explains how you can get your daily fix on your PC, wherever your travels might take you.

Mobile TV

Mobile phones are, of course, the next platform for TV. Virgin's Lobster phone, which launched in 2005, tried to make a go of this but combined a clunky and ugly handset with a limited list of programmes. The content wasn't strictly live, either.

It's also possible to buy TV bundles for your mobile phone as add-ons to your standard monthly contract. These typically cover sport highlights, soaps, news and particular TV series and cost around £5 per month per bundle.

However, in March the EU approved the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) platform as the accepted standard for digital TV broadcasts on mobile devices. This cleared the way for a range of devices to launch over here, from the MotorolaTV to the Nokia N96.

As mobile internet devices such as Nokia's N800 internet tablet gather pace, large-screen portable device viewing will also come into its own.

For the time being, here are just a handful of the devices you could be using to watch TV as it's broadcast, on the fly.


AppleTV can play content from your iTunes library through an HDTV. It has its own hard drive and can sync content from a PC, as well as stream media from libraries stored on up to four more computers. It upscales YouTube content and can browse the Flickr online image library.

You can buy music, subscribe to podcasts and buy and rent films and TV programmes from iTunes using the Apple Remote, a fairly fiddly little controller about twice the size of the original iPod shuffle.

To receive HD content – this costs £1 more than standard TV and film content – it's easiest to buy it via the AppleTV box; this way you can get the widescreen version. Programmes and films are expensive, though. And TV content on iTunes is still very limited.

The AppleTV's 160GB hard drive presents a useful way of storing it all, however.

NEXT PAGE: Mobile TV, part II > >

  1. TV on your PC
  2. TV anywhere
  3. Internet telly
  4. TV over IP on your PC
  5. The best time to watch
  6. Mobile TV
  7. Mobile TV, part II
  8. Other options

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