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
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 http://www.titantv.com/
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...
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