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Microsoft and Hauppauge First to Bring Freeview-Certified PC Solution to UK Viewers

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Microsoft Corp., working with tuner manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works Inc., today announced the launch of the first Freeview-certified, PC-based TV solution. With Windows Media Center, found on all PCs running Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Media Center TV Pack, Microsoft will now be able to offer U.K. consumers best-in-class interactive and enhanced TV paired with some of the best personal video recorder (PVR) features available on the market today.

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A question for all you UK people, do you have to pay the TV license for a PC with a TV tuner? I'm assuming the answer is yes but it seems like you'd be able to hide the TV functionality of your PC better than a regular TV from the government.
 
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yas freeview on my pc

now i can watch virgin 1 and bbc 3, so you have to have that digital tuner already im thinking?
 

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How is this different from using a current DVB-T Card (eg. Nova-T 500)?

@MilkyWay - I've had Virgin1 + BBC3 on my Nova-T for well over a year IIRC
 
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A question for all you UK people, do you have to pay the TV license for a PC with a TV tuner? I'm assuming the answer is yes but it seems like you'd be able to hide the TV functionality of your PC better than a regular TV from the government.
yes i believe you do still have to have a license. that is the impression i get anyway.
 

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A question for all you UK people, do you have to pay the TV license for a PC with a TV tuner? I'm assuming the answer is yes but it seems like you'd be able to hide the TV functionality of your PC better than a regular TV from the government.
We do yes. If not, they'll 'track' you down. :eek:

It's also against the law to watch live TV over the internet without a license. I didn't think this was true until I read a letter they had sent my girlfriend stating she hadn't paid her TV license. They completely ignored the fact she didn't have a TV or a TV card and continued to send her letters. I argued with her so much until I read the letter.
 
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We do yes. If not, they'll 'track' you down. :eek:

It's also against the law to watch live TV over the internet without a license. I didn't think this was true until I read a letter they had sent my girlfriend stating she hadn't paid her TV license. They completely ignored the fact she didn't have a TV or a TV card and continued to send her letters. I argued with her so much until I read the letter.
stupid license. its why i dont watch tv at all.
 
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stupid license. its why i dont watch tv at all.
Sucks for students in halls though. just another way of them to get money. I've got friends in halls, and their places literally get raided by the "Tv licensing police", lol. (no jk)

It should be based on your permanent addy :shadedshu

Apparently they sit outside suspects homes in a van with receivers to see if you are receiving TV. :eek:

Surely it would be cheaper to keep the money in the licensing fund than raiding halls of residence over, what £10 or so a month?
 
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Sucks for students in halls though. just another way of them to get money. I've got friends in halls, and their places literally get raided by the "Tv licensing police", lol. (no jk)

It should be based on your permanent addy :shadedshu

Apparently they sit outside suspects homes in a van with receivers to see if you are receiving TV. :eek:

Surely it would be cheaper to keep the money in the licensing fund than raiding halls of residence over, what £10 or so a month?
a tv license is now £139.50
 
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So what kind of programming does the license cover? How many channels? I guess one good thing about it would be not having to deal with the cable companies that we have in the US!
 
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So what kind of programming does the license cover? How many channels? I guess one good thing about it would be not having to deal with the cable companies that we have in the US!
These are the channels the license covers:

http://www.freeview.co.uk/channels

Though you need more than a standard tv to get them all.

A standard non-digital TV can only pickup five of those channels. Four in the south.
 

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More accurately, you're basically paying for the BBC, yet you have no option not to receive BBC TV. All the other channels make their money from advertising and so on, but because the BBC doesn't do ads. they charge you to watch their shows. Then they bring their shows out on DVD some time later and expect you to pay again to watch it. :rolleyes:
 

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A question for all you UK people, do you have to pay the TV license for a PC with a TV tuner? I'm assuming the answer is yes but it seems like you'd be able to hide the TV functionality of your PC better than a regular TV from the government.
the way i see it - what they dont know cant hurt - but 98% of us already have a TV license (as well as a TV) unless we are/they are illigal immigrants who just enterd the country in the belly of a whale which then beached it self somewhere along the River Thames.....

personally - I wouldnt worry about it. if they really give 5 shits (& PLEASE DONT GET ANY IDEAS@ the goverment) about TV cards for PC's/Laptops they would make it clear on the box or through their website or other various methods of advertising - otherwise its just a scam.

If it aint on paper then i dont give a toss. Ive never heard of anyone getting caught because they didnt have a license to watch tv on their pc & in case one smart bastard decides that he wants some extra money for his girlfriends birthday present by running you through the courts for watchin tv on your pc - grab yourself a lawyer & sue his ass back for 30x as much & also for every second of the shitty reality program that he made you miss. not that you were actually watching it at the time but thats not the point....
 
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More accurately, you're basically paying for the BBC, yet you have no option not to receive BBC TV. All the other channels make their money from advertising and so on, but because the BBC doesn't do ads. they charge you to watch their shows. Then they bring their shows out on DVD some time later and expect you to pay again to watch it. :rolleyes:
Its not just the BBC you are paying for. You are also paying for all the TV masts/maintenance and those people in vans that hunt down the non payers!
 
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Finally Hauppauge. It is about time. Mediaportal and the like just don't cut it sometimes.

You would think MPEG-4 supported hardware made for Freeview would actually have software for using Freeview after all. NZ's has the same problem.
 

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Ive been watching freeview on a dedicated htpc using Mediaportal for over a year now and never had a problem.
 

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Ive been watching freeview on a dedicated htpc using Mediaportal for over a year now and never had a problem.
Is that with or without a TV license? ;)