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OK, tomorrow is the Daytona 200 and it is on Speed. I want to watch it at work as we are having an event with food and such for a new model release. I can't seem to find out if they are doing a live feed (I assume not) Is there any way to do this? At work all we have is internet with no cable. I have cable and internet at home, so i assume there is a way to hook my cable up to the PC at home and access it at work?

If this is possible, what do I need for hardware? There are many events throughout the year we would like to show at the shop. Sorry, I am a n00b at this kind of thing. I have always kept my TV and PC seperate, lol.
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A TV Tuner for your PC.

Then use Microsoft Media Center and WebGuide (www.asciiexpress.com)

If you don't have Media Center.... You can also use BeyondTV or SageTV, but these are not free.


If you want to keep it simple.... just get a SlingBox. You basically just need a method for placeshifting.
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A TV Tuner for your PC.

Then use Microsoft Media Center and WebGuide (www.asciiexpress.com)

If you don't have Media Center.... You can also use BeyondTV or SageTV, but these are not free.


If you want to keep it simple.... just get a SlingBox. You basically just need a method for placeshifting.

The slingbox seems to be the easiest route. I looked and it says it works with digital signals. If all I have is standard cable (coaxial), will this still work? Do I need an adapter to make the standard cable digital or is it already digital? (as in, all I need to do is get a coaxial to S-video or such to plug it into the box)
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The slingbox seems to be the easiest route. I looked and it says it works with digital signals. If all I have is standard cable (coaxial), will this still work? Do I need an adapter to make the standard cable digital or is it already digital? (as in, all I need to do is get a coaxial to S-video or such to plug it into the box)
Do you have digital or standard cable at your home? This should help: http://www.slingmedia.com/go/help-me-choose
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Do you have digital or standard cable at your home?
http://www.slingmedia.com/go/help-me-choose
It is standard. Basically, I have the most basic cable you can get. I had thought, though, that all cable was going digital?



this: http://www.charter.com/Visitors/Prod...?ProductItem=4



OK, looks like I need the pro version.
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Your antenna (over the air) is going digital. Most cable companies aren't all digital anyways. Usually top 100 are analog and the rest are digital. If you want all digital, go Direct TV, or Dish Network. You'll need IR blasters and DVR software that has there guides.

Two other softwares to look at are GBPVR and Media Portal for free DVR recording. I use Beyond TV, but it's not free.
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