There are two popular ways to watch TV on a laptop. One way is to use a TV tuner card with antenna to watch everything offline. The other way is through the Internet where one can get access to unlimited live and on-demand streaming content.
However, the decision will come down to an individuals tech know-how, time, and cost. Installing a TV tuner card isnt the such an easy thing to do for some. It requires ordering/buying the right TV tuner card, opening the laptop and installing the card. However, there are some USB TV card sticks out there that can be used.
Connecting to the Internet to watch favorite TV shows, sports, movies, and news broadcast, is far easier. This doesnt require much work, extra cost, or tech know-how. An Internet connection, laptop computer and web browser is all thats needed.
The question also comes down to which is preferred: Access to a limited number of TV channels to watch offline via TV tuner card. Or access to unlimited number of live channels and on-demand content online via Internet-connected device with web browser.
If taking the Internet TV approach, there are free and pay-to-watch live TV/VOD websites including software TV. There are also 3rd party web-based TV/VOD services that direct-connect to entertaining content. To watch TV on laptop without the Internet will require the TV tuner card approach. If not, one can buy/rent TV shows/episodes or download them to watch offline. Still this would require the Internet to be able to accomplish this task. CD/DVDs with TV shows and episodes is another way to watch television on a laptop offline.
To get the best of TV entertainment, two things are recommended:
1. Use the Internet to watch TV on laptop for unlimited content viewing
2. Use TV tuner card to get access to local TV channels in the area
Note: Can also consider buying an indoor HDTV antenna to watch local OTA TV channels in the area. The antenna connects to the back of the television. The flat antenna is placed somewhere to get the best reception. The antenna should be place on the window and higher the better. If not, experiment to find the best reception.
These two things will provide access to live TV, local TV, global TV, sports TV, on-demand movies and TV shows. There some websites and services out there that can be used to make online TV viewing more convenient. If watching everything on a small computer laptop screen isnt good enough, then heres a workaround:
Connect the laptop to any TV, HDTV, or smart TV via HDMI cable. For older TVs and computers, a compatible audio/video cable must be used. Visit Amazon.com to find these cables and buy the one needed for this setup. Once both devices are connected, with a cable connector, simply grab the TV remote to select Input or Source. An input options menu will appear on the TV screen.
Select the HDMI port where the laptop is connected. If done correctly, whatever appears on the computer screen will now appear on the TV screen.
Watching TV on a laptop is very popular nowadays. Many people have laptops and mobile devices for traveling, when headed for college, or for use at work. With this device and access to some of the free and pay-to-watch/use TV/VOD websites and services, watching favorite TV programs become easier.
When using a wireless (wifi) network, any number of devices can be connected. For instance, a smartphone, laptop, and smart TV with wireless keyboard can be connected. Use any one of those devices to watch Internet TV anywhere in the household. Even streaming media devices and game consoles that are Internet-ready can be used.
However, a laptop is the best streaming media device out of them all. It has no restrictions or limitations when getting access to all the streaming content over the World Wide Web. To watch TV on laptop without the Internet, a TV tuner card can be used. Or rent/buy CDs/DVDs with TV shows/episodes to watch offline.