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Windows 7: Extra TV

01 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
Extra TV

Hello all, I have a TV issue.

I have a 6 year old Panasonic 32" Flatscreen TV and matching Hdd/DVD recorder. TV Connectors: 2x HDMI (1 to Recorder, 1 spare) 2x Scart (not used) AV1 Scart is AV1 RGB & Video, AV2 is RGB, Video, S-Video. Component Jacks: 1, Y, PB, Pr. RCA stereo, L & R. Audio Out jacks, RCA Stereo. There is a PC (VGA) connector. Recorder has same connectors, Antenna In & Out, but also has a front SD slot. TV & Recorder work fine and we love them.

I have a HP DV7 laptop on the opposite end of the same room, and main PC in another room, connected by a 30M Ethernet cable. I have a 300Mbps TP-Link router with 4 Ethernet ports. PC and Lappy connected and networked to 1 & 2 ports, 2 spare. Lappy can be wireless with no problems. I have a 24"" Liyama monitor, bought for my umpteenth birthday, it has VGA, DVI and HDMI. PC is about to get an upgrade from D Core 6400 to Quad 6600, and a 6770 ATI graphics card, from a 5450, with a 1TB SATA II added to the WD 500 GB. Lappy has an AMD Turion D Core and 320 GB Hdd, with mobile 4500 Graphics.

I would like to add TV capability to the PC and laptop: what would be the best device for Freeview TV on the 24 monitor, occasional use on laptop? The signal is not good in my village, although it has been improved as part of the Digital upgrade this year, when our area was changed over to full digital.

BONUS: there is a friendly neighbourhood, self-employed TV engineer who carries out corporate work and has fitted antennas to all village houses, with tall masts to accept the original weak signals. Would it be better to 'split' the signal and fit another coax to existing antenna?

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