We all are familiar with the situation where you are just thrilled to watch your favorite show and another member of the family has claimed the remote control or the television broke down or the cable connection has vanished. In these times of technological benefits there is no harm done, as long as there is a computer around with a strong internet connection.

Today’s technology is providing us with the possibility to make the connection to the world wide web and to get your hands on any information you might require and that includes television channels. There are different ways for you to be able to watch TV on your computer, but basically they have one thing in common and that is that a fast high speed internet connection is necessary.

You can watch TV on your computer by adding some hardware to your computer which provides you with the possibility to convert your PC into a television and a hard disk recorder at the same time. The first way to make this happen is to use a TV tuner card. These cards have to be installed right into an empty PCI slot of a desktop computer. The card has an analog-to-digital converter built into it, which gives you the possibility of recording TV programs straight to the hard drive of your computer. There are a variety of TV tuner cards on the market, so make sure you do the research before you make any decisions on the final purchase.

If you don’t have a desktop computer or you simply don’t want to use a tuner card, the second option you have is to purchase a USB TV tuner. USB TV tuners can be used in laptop computers as well. They are easier to install and use in comparison to TV tuner cards. When you are researching these USB TV tuners, you might want to check if you can get your hands on one that captures on-air channels next to cable input.

The last suggestion has nothing to do with adding hardware to your computer but consists of software only. There are a lot of opportunities on the world wide web to get some software in order to be able to watch TV on your computer. You have to be careful though, because you don’t want to download programs that are so heavyweighted that they will shut down half your system every time you use the service. The best thing is to search for websites that provide an online service without anything being downloaded to your computer. Make sure you have a good protection program on your computer and if you have a strong internet connection, the sky is the limit.