Let’s pretend there was a super huge sporting event that you wanted to watch on the “big screen,” maybe on a projector in your home or youth room (I am not sure the laws pertaining to public showings of over the air broadcast TV, please check into that, this blog is in no way recommending or encouraging you to break any laws) and you do not have cable or satellite at your location. Most projectors do not have TV tuners built in, this would be a cool feature…seeing this event on a big screen instead of a TV would be a little more exciting for a crowd. You could find an old VCR or DVD recorder with digital tuner and filter the antenna signal through that, but maybe you are looking for something a little more portable…maybe something for your computer, you already have all right cables if you are using computer and projector for your presentation.
The answer…EyeTV!!! I have been using EyeTV, a USB TV tuning dongle that’s compatible with Mac and PC. The software that comes with it, EyeTV 3, not only helps you dial in all your local digital channels, it is also a DVR sending recorded TV directly to your harddrive. Want to watch that game on a delay? Perfect! What to rewatch big plays? No Problem! What to cut out all the commercials? Me neither!
I do not recommend buying a used EyeTV product expecting the software to be good. It may come with a used or bad serial code/license. EyeTV is pretty strict with how many users are using one license. If you buy a dongle cheap or you already have one the software is $80 form EyeTV’s website…maybe in the long run used could be a winner. Do your research and enjoy the Sports Games!