Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I use this with my cable?
That depends on what your cable is offering. Many people believe that Cable = QAM. Not entirely. Cable companies use QAM to provide their digital service. They use NTSC to provide their analog service. What does this mean? Well, it means that if you are like my folks and have a cable service that is only analog, yes, you can watch cable on your computer. However, if your brother decided to get the HD only package. No, you will need a QAM tuner.
An interesting note. The FCC requires cable providers to rebroadcast locally aired programming in analog
for free without the required customer use of leased equipment. Meaning, you can probably get your local PBS station via cable.
- What is this cable encryption people are talking about?
Cable companies have two options on limiting the content they send to you. One is via frequency filters, the other is by encryption. Unencrypted QAM is termed as Clear QAM. If your company uses encrypted signals, it won't matter if you have a QAM tuner card. You still won't be able to recieve the channels. This is because QAM tuner cards that you can buy are Clear QAM. They will only work with unencrypted channels. You'll need a box from the provider to decrypt the channels for you.
Yes. However, this is dependent on the software you have.
- Can I record my favorite movie thats on my VHS tape?
Yes. Connect the tape player to either the composite connectors or the F connector (the silver one). Start up your movie and press record in the software.
- Can I record my favorite movie thats on my VHS tape and then put it on a DVD!?!?
Yes. Once you have it recorded on your computer, you'll need some DVD authoring tools and a DVD burner and BAM! Take it Emirl
- USB2.0 is so slow?! Will this really work?!
ATSC uses 8VSB modulation. Given the 6 MHz broadband used per "channel", each "channel" has a net of 19.39 Mb/s. According to everythingusb.com the effective rate reaches 40MB/s or 320Mb/s (bits versus bytes) for bulk transfers. Either way you look at it, 19.39 Mb/s is less either of those numbers.
- Can I use device to watch my computer on my TV?
No. As you can tell by looking at it, there is no output. Only inputs. In order to view your desktop on a TV you require a video output that can be connected to your TV. There are 3 potential possiblities. S-Video, HDMI, and DVI. If your computer has an S-Video, then yes. If your computer has HDMI or DVI then, maybe. If your TV has HDMI in or DVI in to compliment your computer, then yes.
I have that antenna from a different product. The antenna itself works well. But, like any antenna, it depends on where you are, what your interference is like, and how far away you are. I left mine in the middle of my apartment in the San Francisco Bay area. Nearly all of my ATSC channels turned out nicely.
- Do I need an ATI video card for this to work?
No. They are independent items.
- Can I use this to play my console with my laptop as the screen?!
Yes, you could. However, a lot of people have reported delays between their actions and what comes up on screen. If you want a actual explination, go over to Toms Hardware Forum and read what user Avidday wrote here
about the topic.
- Do I need Windows Media Center for this to work?
No, according to the website, they have tv viewing software included.
Added links for console gaming.