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So, I am writing an article for work about how the internet has affected our relationship with US TV - like, before it was very easy to avoid being spoiled, but now you have to work at it. Just reading Salon or even the New York Times online can spoil you for a favourite show. So of course I'm mentioning the downloading of episodes and the like, but what I don't know is the actual technology involved in such helpful doings. What sort of hardware is needed to transfer the programme from TV to hard-drive? Is it all terribly complicated? Any techy help would be greatly appreciated!

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blue_monday
Apr. 8th, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
There's actually several ways of doing it and none of them are hugely complicated:

- Recording onto a TiVo, or other hard drive equipped Personal Video Recorder (PVR). Because this is basically recording onto a computer hard drive at varied compression ratios it can then be copied over to the computer, saved in the desired format and then uploaded/downloaded.

- Recording using an 'old fashioned' VCR and then copying that to the computer using an analogue to digital converter, such as the Hollywood Dazzle DV Bridge, which connects to the computer using a FireWire port and to the VCR using SCART/SVideo/Phono cables.

- Capturing direct to the computer hard drive using a TV Capture card. This can either have an aerial in it or you would need a separate aerial (which could be, for example, an external aerial or a VCR).

That's the three main options, and probably the easiest.

Is that of any use?
stellanova
Apr. 8th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
Yes! Thank you so much!
blue_monday
Apr. 8th, 2003 11:31 am (UTC)
Cool, and no problem. If I can be any more help just ask :)
biascut
Apr. 8th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
The CDs that I get are downloaded on to the university computer network by a friend of a friend in Computer Science, which is highly illegal. Because of all the firewall stuff, it involved convincing one of the CompSci computers that it's actually a server. I have no idea what that means, but it always strikes me as hilarious:

What are you?
I'm a computer.
No. What are you?
I'm a computer.
No. What are you?
I am... a - a server?
Yes! Cookie for the third computer on the left!
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