There are times when you want to watch a show, but your family wants to watch another movie. In this scenario, one might want to stick to their PC to watch their favorite show without any family interference. But what if someone calls you out every few seconds, or at the time of show streaming, you have to run some errands? Well, that’s when the recording feature comes to the rescue. Everyone is familiar with recording shows and movies on TV, but there is still a lot to unravel when it comes to recording a TV show on PC.
There are a few methods like using an OTA antenna, online service, apps, or cable TV. A cheap and local OTA antenna will do the job to pick up any free-to-air channels in your area. Your computer will then read the TV signal, but that requires a TV tuner as well. If you choose online services, you might have to invest in reputed TV services, like Hulu, Sling, Fubo, etc. It makes it easy to stream the content on PC but recording it becomes complicated. You can use and watch your cable TV channels on PC, but the procedure is a bit tricky. It also requires a TV tuner in a network-attached device format.
Other than these, here are a few things you can try:
Get Plex Pass
Plex Pass is a premium service offered by Plex, and this plan has every feature required to entertain a media master, TV enthusiast, audiophile, and movie lover. It enables you to stream live TV, but you have to pick up an antenna and a digital tuner to begin watching any OTA channels available in your area. The content is displayed on a full electronic program guide (EPG). Along with this, you get a drive feature where all the recording will be stored safely. You can even sync the files to your smartphones for offline entertainment. From the Dash control, you can monitor your server.
It is a dual TV tuner that needs to be paired with an OTA antenna to receive the channels. It cuts the cable and enables you to record TV on your PC. It comes in two and four tuner models, and both can efficiently record your screen footage. But it requires a subscription for offering you the DVR features. You can try a 14-days of free trial and then decide your call. The DRV enables you to pause and rewind the live TV while recording shows from another channel. You can manage the recordings either via computer or TV apps on your smartphone. It doesn’t allow you to remove the recording from the cloud. There is no offline sharing option, either.
Tablo is similar to HDHomeRun, where you can stream contents from the internet, Xbox, Roku, and more. It gives you access to High Definition TV for free, only if you plug it in an Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV Antenna. It also offers DVR features and access to record TV shows. You check the recordings, you have to use the company’s app, but it denies access to downloading them for watching offline.
Hauppauge 1512 HD-PVR 2
If you don’t want to invest in too many additional devices, then Hauppauge is the right solution for you. It is effortless to set up this device; you need to connect the component video and audio cables between your cable box and your Hauppauge device. Then, connect the USB cable from the PVR to your computer. It is an HD video recorder for Set-Top Boxes and gaming consoles with HDMI or Component technology. You have to install the necessary drivers and software on your machine and follow the instructions appearing on your screen to start recording. You can configure the audio and video settings, the recording format, and the bitrate as per your requirements.
Movavi Screen Recorder
Movavi Screen Recorder is a recording software designed especially for Windows users. You can use the recorder as a video screen capture. It also grabs your voice with a mic, captures your face with a webcam, and records internal sounds with the system audio. You can also schedule the screen recording time and date and can also set the time limit for capturing. You can ask it to either record screen and audio simultaneously or separately. It also allows you to add shortcuts to the keyboard for controlling the recording. It is free to download, but some features require a subscription.
These methods and devices will solve your issue. You might have to make a small investment in purchasing the devices and plans, but the experience will all be worth the price.
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