Turn your computer into a
You'll never have to give up
Frasier, 60 Minutes, or Oprah again. With WebTV for Windows, you can
watch TV and work on your computer at the same time.
That's right. Now you can keep
an eye on BayWatch while
you surf the Web for real-life California beaches. And,
it gets even better because WebTV for Windows is no
ordinary TV. You get a customizable Program Guide,
interactive content that lets you participate in your
favorite shows, and more.
Say good-bye to rabbit ears and
risky climbs to the roof. Adding TV to your computer is
simple when you have Windows 98, cable TV, and a TV
Step 1: Add a cable connector to your
The first step
is to get a TV tuner card. Make sure you buy one that is
compatible with WebTV for Windows, for example, the ATI
It's not hard to install the
card yourself; I managed to install mine in under 30
minutes. However, if you are not comfortable with the
thought of opening your computer and adding and removing
electronic components, find a friend to help you or have
your computer dealer install the card for you.
Step 2: Connect your PC to cable TV
Now that your computer has a
connector for you to plug into, you need to run a cable
from your cable TV outlet to your computer. Depending on
where your computer is located, you may need to buy an
extra long cable.
To get the TV sound to come
through your PC speakers, use an adapter to connect your
TV tuner card output to your speaker's input line. The
manual that came with your TV tuner card should show you
how to do this.
Step 3: Install WebTV for Windows
Before you hit the On button, you
need to set up WebTV for Windows and then scan for the
channels that you get in your area. Follow these steps:
- On the Start menu, point to
Settings, and then
- Click the Add/Remove Programs
- Click the Windows Setup
- Select WebTV for Windows and then click OK.
Now it's time to scan for
channels. To start WebTV for Windows, click the Start menu, point to Programs, point to
and then click WebTV for
A tutorial guides you through
the process of scanning for channels and updating your
program listing. This takes a while, but think about all
the time you'll save being able to read e-mail, catch up
on your surfing, or finish up a report while you watch
Step 4: Pull up a couch
No more running from your computer to your TV to
catch your favorite rerun or the latest news update.
With the click of a mouse, you can watch TV on your PC
and continue working, surfing, and playing at the same
Picken loves watching TV on her computer because her
husband can't steal the remote.
It's all in the name
What's the difference between WebTV
and WebTV for Windows? WebTV adds the Internet, e-mail,
and interactive shows to your television set. WebTV for
Windows, on the other hand, adds TV to your