A reader wants advice on viewing TV programs on his PC:

“Is there a way for me to view TV programs on my PC?”

Almost anything you can watch on a TV is available for viewing on your PC. The method depends on exactly what it is you want to view.

If you want to watch local news or community affairs programs, nearly every local TV station offers their news as a live-stream and posts individual news stories.


If you’re hoping to watch either network or cable channel programming, you can view most programs from the network’s website. Though, some do require you to log in with an account from your cable or satellite provider.


Also, most cable and satellite providers offer an option to watch programming via an app or website on your computer or phone. Some even let you watch the contents of your DVR.  You’ll need to check with your individual provider to see what options they offer.


If your ultimate goal is to cut the cable or satellite cord, you have several options. There are a variety of streaming services like Hulu that offer a mix of cable and local channels that you can stream to your PC.  If you’re looking for a bargain, Philo TV is only $16 a month for 43 channels and $20 a month for 56 channels. You can click here to learn more about how it works.

Another option if you can easily pick up over-the-air broadcast signals where you live is a digital TV tuner that plugs into your USB port. (You can also purchase a digital tuner card that can be installed inside a desktop PC.)


You’ll still need an actual antenna set-up to attach to the device. Since the digital transition, it’s more difficult than it used to be to receive over-the-air signals, but if you live in a location where it’s easy to pick up signals and you’re somewhat tech-savvy, this could work for you.