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Composite video into monitor

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Periproct, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Periproct

    Periproct Flightless Bird

    I'll try and be brief.
    Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my PVR
    (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output into the
    spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be able to
    watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the software
    that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video input so
    impossible to see the porgram guide etc.

    Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    found this
    http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.

    Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    cards with a video in?

    Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.

    Any ideas and suggestions?
     
  2. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    Periproct wrote:
    > I'll try and be brief.
    > Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    > PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    > into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    > able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    > Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    > software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    > input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >
    > Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I
    > have found this
    > http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >
    > Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    > ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    > cards with a video in?
    >
    > Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make
    > the PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the
    > program guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >
    > Any ideas and suggestions?




    yep

    see how it goes with no TV

    I got rid of mine close to 20 years ago

    have not missed it yet


    heck for all I know "I Love Lucy" is not on anymore



    My wife and I actually talk to each other...

    and we lead our own lives and don't follow what others are doing.



    (oh well...I tried anyway)


    anyway

    can't you just watch TV on your computer
    by using HULU?

    You would not have to do anything else.


    (shrug)
     
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Flightless Bird

    "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:EfudnRs9BLhsHRHWnZ2dnUVZ_hmdnZ2d@ntd.net...
    > Periproct wrote:
    >> I'll try and be brief.
    >> Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    >> PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    >> into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    >> able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    >> Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    >> software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    >> input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >>
    >> Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    >> found this
    >> http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >>
    >> Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    >> ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    >> cards with a video in?
    >>
    >> Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    >> PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    >> guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >>
    >> Any ideas and suggestions?


    I've seen a bunch of cheap tv tuner cards recently.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2000380047+1685342847&Tpk=tv tuner card

    http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=tv+tuner+card&qxt=home&display=col

    I like ATI and Hauppage.


    --
    Andrew
     
  4. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "Periproct" <Periproct@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    news:Mqydnf4h6vyzxxHWnZ2dnUVZ8qidnZ2d@bt.com...
    > I'll try and be brief.
    > Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    > PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    > into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    > able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    > Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    > software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    > input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >
    > Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    > found this
    > http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >
    > Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    > ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    > cards with a video in?
    >
    > Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    > PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    > guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >
    > Any ideas and suggestions?


    A totally free and temporary solution would be Internet TV. A lot of the
    previously viewed episodes of shows are available. And there's this:

    http://www.hulu.com/
    >
     
  5. Annie Woughman

    Annie Woughman Flightless Bird

    "Periproct" <Periproct@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    news:Mqydnf4h6vyzxxHWnZ2dnUVZ8qidnZ2d@bt.com...
    > I'll try and be brief.
    > Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    > PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    > into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    > able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    > Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    > software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    > input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >
    > Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    > found this
    > http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >
    > Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    > ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    > cards with a video in?
    >
    > Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    > PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    > guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >
    > Any ideas and suggestions?

    I put a Hauppage TV tuner card in my PC. It was less that $60. With the
    Windows 7 Media Center, you can watch and record anything you can get
    through regular cable television (if you have cable television that is).
    You can also watch Internet TV which has lots of the older television
    programs or if you have a Netflix account you can stream stuff through Media
    Center too. I had to install the Hauppage software first to get Media
    Center to recognize my tuner (just needed the driver actually), but then
    switched to Media Center because it's software far surpasses the Hauppage
    software. I like the record options because then I can burn a television
    program to a DVD and watch it on a different television if I want to.
     
  6. Ivan

    Ivan Flightless Bird

    "Periproct" <Periproct@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    news:Mqydnf4h6vyzxxHWnZ2dnUVZ8qidnZ2d@bt.com...
    > I'll try and be brief.
    > Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    > PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    > into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    > able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    > Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    > software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    > input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >
    > Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    > found this
    > http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >
    > Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    > ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    > cards with a video in?
    >
    > Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    > PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    > guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >
    > Any ideas and suggestions?


    Why not buy yourself a dual tuner DVB-T card for around about £35.00? I have
    one running in Windows Media Centre, it has a very good EPG that turns a PC
    an excellent PVR, plus of course you will then have the added bonus of
    having the .wtv files ready stored on your computer, this enables you to
    burn a normal DVD from within WMC, or can (when you find out how:) easily be
    converted to other formats such as divx and radio recordings to MP3s.
    <http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/TVTunerCards/KWorld/PC1602T.html>
    >
    >




    >
     
  7. James@nowhere.com

    James@nowhere.com Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:46:39 -0500, "Thip" <me@privacy.net> wrote:

    >"Periproct" <Periproct@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    >news:Mqydnf4h6vyzxxHWnZ2dnUVZ8qidnZ2d@bt.com...
    >> I'll try and be brief.
    >> Due to work going on downstairs I have no television. I'd like to get my
    >> PVR (Topfield) back in use by squirting its composite or S-video output
    >> into the spare VGA or HDMI input on my computer monitor. At least I'd be
    >> able to watch an hour or so of TV while I unwind before bed.
    >> Rather stupidly I bought one of those video to USB gadgets but the
    >> software that comes with it only has a small preview panel of the video
    >> input so impossible to see the porgram guide etc.
    >>
    >> Being only temporarily without TV I don't want to spend a fortune. I have
    >> found this
    >> http://www.henrys.co.uk/cctv/vgaconverter.htm which seems cheap enough.
    >>
    >> Another alternative would be a graphics card with a video input like my
    >> ancient ATI All in Wonder. Do they still make reasonably priced graphics
    >> cards with a video in?
    >>
    >> Another alternative would be a TV card with a video input. Would make the
    >> PVR redundant but I'm quite keen on getting the PVR going for the program
    >> guide, the programs already recorded on it etc.
    >>
    >> Any ideas and suggestions?

    >
    >A totally free and temporary solution would be Internet TV. A lot of the
    >previously viewed episodes of shows are available. And there's this:
    >
    >http://www.hulu.com/
    >>


    It appears you are in the UK, so maybe I'm missing something totally
    obvious, but why not just buy a TV? Or, if it's just a week or two,
    maybe rent one, or borrow one from a friend.
     

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