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Today a question came across my mind, is it possible to hook up cable to an external monitor or Mac/PC? I found this (http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Multimedia-Capture-Device-VC500MAC/dp/B007QCIBX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343613160&sr=8-1&keywords=TV+Tuner+Devices+for+mac) and thought it might work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

The only reason I'm asking this is because this fall I'm entering college and I'm looking to buy a Dell IPS 24" LED 1080P Display but recently discovered that my room has a cable connection. It'd be nice if I could have the display and watch cable on it instead of buying an HDTV; they seem to always be more expensive..

Thanks so much!

asked Jul 29 '12 at 22:30

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Yeah, you can, but that doesn't look HD though. You'd only get SD video, as it doesn't have an HDMI or even a Component connection.

If you have a cable provider, check if they offer a TV on PC option like Time Warner does: alt text

Otherwise, you'd plug in your cable box like so and you'd just fire up the program to view the video and it will look like so: alt text

answered Jul 29 '12 at 22:38

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DJ Scooby Doo

edited Jul 29 '12 at 22:40

I have done that before, plugging it in like that and watching TV, it's pretty epic.

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:39) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Oh cool! How would I go about hooking up the cable and what program would I use?

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:44) Toran Toran's gravatar image

Well you'd have to get the cable box first, and just use the RCA cables to plug it into the capture stick, and the program you'd use is the program that comes with the stick. My case it was some propriety software StkATVAp, that came with my EasyCap DC60, but you know it will be different for each thing.

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:47) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

May I ask what Cable provider do you get there?

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:48) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I'm not sure. I think the cable service is campus-wide.

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:54) Toran Toran's gravatar image

Ah well, but if it's Time Warner, Comcast or Cablevision, I know they have TV on PC options, so consider that. You have to have internet and cable with them though, so bare that in mind.

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:56) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

If they give you a cable box, just pick up a cheap tuner off ebay, 3-10$, if they don't give you a cable box, you'll need a tuner that can handle a cable decoder, or just use an antenna on the cheap one and get dtv

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:10) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Exactly, I know Time Warner scrambles their premium channels if you decide to cheap out and not get a cable box.

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:16) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

my cable box has dies 3 times this past month, so I hooked it into out dvd/vcr and we get like 20 channels, not even pbs or anything like them though

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:23) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Exactly, If I plug in my cable via my TV, I'd get 100 or so channels, of news, TBS, PBS, and foreign channels. No Spike, History, A&E, etc.

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:35) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

The funny thing is, we have some weird package, so most of the upper channels, we don't get, but since we get the new box it takes like 3 days to update the config, so for 3 days we get all the premium channels, and my PC is too far away, and wmc doesn't agree too well with my plugging in external sources into my tv tuner card,

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:41) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

I think we get every channel except the adult channels and some odd channels here and there. Lmao, you found a loophole!

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:51) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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I actually just found this on Apple's website. It's a little pricey, but I think it'd work for what I want.


answered Jul 29 '12 at 22:56

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You'd still have to plug in your cable box regardless which route you go to. Only thing you don't need a cable box for is a TiVo which your cable service will provision for it to work on their service.

(Jul 29 '12 at 22:59) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I do have a cable connection available that I can connect to in the room. I think I just need another cord to connect that device and the cable port..

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:11) Toran Toran's gravatar image

Right but as @pjob797 said, it's depending if you get a cable box or not. If you don't, plug in your cable and go. If you do, you have to get a tuner, like you posted.

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:19) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

you can get a TV or cable TV card to connect your Cable to a computer, and watch it on your computer and record.

i've had a freeview TV card and get about 100 channels.

answered Jul 29 '12 at 23:01

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That's basically what he's doing. I said he had to plug in his cable box because basically without the cable box you're only getting the basic channels, you know news, some comedy channels, and foreign channels. That's how it is here in New York at least. I know if you go overseas, sometimes you don't need a box, but that's depending on their telco.

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:04) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Where did you get your TV card?

(Jul 29 '12 at 23:12) Toran Toran's gravatar image

Thanks for all the help! :D

answered Jul 29 '12 at 23:33

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