How To Watch Satellite TV On Your Computer
Written by: Jenny Buehl
Without an antenna or dish, you can still watch satellite TV on your computer. This is a beautiful
amazing idea, as before people thought that this could happen only with the use of a television
set. A lot of impetus has been gained with space communications, and this is truly what many
people would prefer.
Watching satellite TV on your computer is much better than watching on the television set, as
that will need the installation of an antenna or dish. This process could prove to be time-
consuming as well as complicated. With the computer, all you need is a card to install the
viewing software or PC satellite TV software, and a sound card, with a high-speed broadband
Setting up a dish will also prove to be very expensive for most families, what with the cables and
other expenses for equipment. The other drawback with the dishes is that they will have to be
placed in the right direction so that the signals are perfect. It has to be placed so that bad
weather conditions will not affect the transmissions and viewing experience.
To watch satellite TV on your computer, you will have two options to do so. In the first option
(hardware option) you need PCTV cards and the other software option, PC satellite TV software.
The satellite TV signals can be decoded and received with the help of the PCTV cards. This has to
be installed on the motherboard of the PC. A USB port can be used to connect the external cards.
The software option is simpler as it just requires you to run the installation execution file.
A good Internet connection is needed for both options. If you want the TV feeds to be of high
quality, then the Internet connection has to be at least 512 kbps. The pictures will be sharper and
better if broadband is used, though a dial-up connection can be used for this purpose. While
shopping for PCTV cards, you will also have to check if the requirements of installation are met
by your computer.
It will be specified that there are certain configurations required for the computer such as the
memory and RAM. To make the viewing better, you can also set up a good graphics card, sound
card and a set of good speakers for a maximum viewing experience. You can download PC
satellite TV software instead of using PCTV cards.
When it comes to watching satellite TV on your computer, other than PCTV cards, you can
always download a new PC satellite TV software. The software does much more than a card in
the sense that it allows your computer to receive more TV channels, as much as 3000 over
channels from countries across the world. This number is expected to increase with time and no
additional costs would be charged to existing users. Another two advantages software has over
the cards are the relative ease of installation which is just a click and run, and the cost of such a
software seldom goes beyond $60. The cost of the software is reasonable too which perhaps
explain why viewers are giving up their satellite dishes for the software.
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