Alright, I don’t know if you watch Good Morning America or not, but they recently had a clip on watching television shows from the computer.  HOWEVER, you don’t actually have to watch them ON the computer, you can watch them on your TELEVISION screen!  I LOVE this idea (if I can just convince my husband!).

Now, the downside is, there isn’t every show I watch on the computer, but there is a good majority of them.  But really, would less TV hurt me?  In reality, it would probably make my life richer.  I could focus more on my family, relationships, and what actually NEEDS to be done; rather than my task of UNLOADING the DVR so I have enough hours for later recordings.  Does anyone else feel like that’s a task at times?

Okay, so here’s what you need: a small computer with a big hard drive, special hardware that connects the computer to an antenna — rabbit ears for receiving over-the-air TV broadcasts. For playback, the computer utilizes Windows Media Center which comes standard with Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate.

You can also use a laptop instead of the computer and hook it up with the cable to the television.

On the Goodmorning America Website they mentioned, “There also are add-on programs and hardware you can use to transform an existing computer into one capable of receiving TV signals and recording shows like a DVR. But upgrading your computer to become a media hub is a very involved process, and even for an experienced computer user it has some pitfalls…

“The Windows Media Center program allows the Jameses’ to plug the antenna (digital TV broadcasts) into the back of their Media Center PC and watch TV (some in high def) from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS. There are about 50 channels they can receive in the San Francisco Bay Area, including some independent channels and alternate language broadcasts…

“With access to those live channels, the Windows Media Center can act as a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). It has the Tivo-like properties to record all your favorite shows and let you pause and rewind live TV. Once you buy the antenna (less than $50) and connect it to a PC that has Windows Media Center, you pay nothing for this over-the-air TV…Tom Merritt, an editor at CNet, said, “If you want to stream movies and TV shows you should have at least a 3 MB second connection. For that, you may need to pay $5 to $10 a month extra for a ‘boosted’ connection.”…

Tom Merritt from CNet said,

“There’s a perception that Internet video is cat-on-a-skateboard looking, kinda blurry,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is that you can actually get high-definition video if you have a fast enough Internet connection, full screen to fill a 60-inch screen.”…There were a few moments during a basketball game where the video hiccupped and paused, but they said that was very unusual…

My prediction: In a year or two, Internet-based TV will be much easier to navigate and a great way to save your hard-earned dollars…

Also, just a note,

Big events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics have their own streaming sites and deals, so this is where you have to be an active researcher to find what you want.

So now if you’re wondering where to find these shows, and if they have the shows you might want, here’s how you can find them:

ABC.com (and other major network websites)

tvfreeload.com

xtvi.com

free-tv-video-online.info/

http://www.joost.com

http://www.hulu.com

http://www.otavo.tv/

http://www.worldtvpc.com

espn360.com

Also, just a note, these are just sites I have found, not tested.  But the sites in bold were recommended by Goodmorning America.

Good luck, and here’s to Le Dolce Vita, with a little less TV!

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