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Re: [Shop-talk] tv in the shop

To: John Niolon <>, shop-talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] tv in the shop
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:33:27 -0700
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John - For the future, if you want to build up an inventory, you can add 
a tv tuner card to your PC and record with Windows Media Center - either 
from cable or over the air.  I have a Hauppauge dual tuner card, so can 
record two programs while watching a third that was already recorded.  
Windows Media Center has a program guide and you can set it to record 
various series.  Functionality looks similar to what I see others do 
with their cable TV DVRs.  All the files are in .wtv (Windows TV) 
format, which play on Windows 7 and I assume newer formats.  You can 
copy the files easily between computers over a network or external 
drive.  A 2 hour HD program runs about 13GB.  If you like the files and 
want to use outside of Windows, Windows Movie Maker can convert them to 
the .wmv format, though it takes long enough that you want to start and 
let run.

With kids and their schedules, I pretty much never watch live TV. The 
other nice thing you can do is play in a fast mode, so if you can stand 
people talking a little faster, you can watch a half hour program in 15 
minutes, skipping commercials.  It takes a little to get used to, but 
now regular speed TV seems too slow most of the time.

I'm also fortunate to be in the Los Angeles area, so I get quite a few 
options over the air.  Many of the digital sub-channels run movies and 
older programs, so you may want to check and see what is free over the 
air.  A good place to check is

If you are into documentaries, there are many good channels on Youtube.  
If you have Firefox, you can add the Download Helper extension and 
download them to your PC as a file that you can also move to your shop 
computer.  Download Helper may work on some TV programs from the network 
sites, but I've found most have a way to block it.

If you have network or good wireless to the shop, you can also get a 
little box to stream.  I don't know current technology, so will avoid 
any recommendation here.


On 8/14/2014 6:49 AM, John Niolon wrote:
> sometimes in the shop, I'm working on a 'bench' project and would like to
> watch video's or movies while working...  there are episodes of tv shows I've
> missed that I'd like to download to my p.c. and watch when I can.
> I tried Amazon but they have no option for downloading to a pc and watching
> off line later.. or so they say... I can download it to my Kindle Fire (if I
> had one) or to my X-box (if I had that) but nothing to a generic p.c....
> any of you guys do the download stuff with tv episodes successfully ???  I use
> U-verse but they don't do CBS shows (in particular) in there On-demand
> system...   is there another service on the net that I can use... I don't mind
> paying for what I want, if I could find it...
> thanks
> John
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