Originally Posted by tslanier
I was reading some older posts regarding optioins for TV,DVD,PC Monitors etc.
I will have my Dell laptop with DVD built in when we travel as I will work some remotely. How do I add the TV tuner to my laptop?
You plug one end of this
into your laptop, the other to a TV cable connected to your Airstream's TV antenna, and install the software. Instant digital TV. Our Dell notebook has a 15.4" 1920 x 1200 resolution screen and was absolutely eye-watering on 1080i (or even 720p) stations with a USB HDTV tuner... until a lightning strike near? the antenna took it out (without hurting the notebook because it was in a powered USB hub, not directly into the notebook). You can typically change channels, pause, rewind, or record with most software (not sure about that included with this product). I used "BeyondTV4 for ours.
El Gato sells one identical to this for Macs, with their EyeTV software. I'm going to get the El Gato for the Macs, and see if it will work with the Hauppauge 950 drivers on the Dell. Someone on the AVSforum is using a Hauppauge with El Gato software on a Mac.
 I guess I should add watching live HDTV takes a decently fast hard drive (ours is 7200 rpm) and processor (ours is a 2.0GHz Pentium M and about the minimum... a dual-core would be better). When watching live HDTV, it's written straight to the disk without decoding (for pause/rewind, etc), but for playback has to read it back off the disk and decode it, which can be processor intensive. So the disk can be pretty busy reading and writing at the same time. No way around that I'm aware of. Recording off the air and playing back later is a little easier on the notebook.