How to Record TV on PC – The Detailed Guide

How to Record TV on PC

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There was a time when we have to be in front of the TV at the exact time to watch our favorite shows. If by any chance we have missed the program, there were no ways we can watch it later. Time has changed and now we don’t have to be at the exact time in front of a TV set to watch the latest episode of our favorite TV series. Nowadays we can not only watch TV on the computer but also record TV shows so that we can watch them later in our free time.

Lots of people watch TV on a computer but many of them don’t know how to record TV on the computer. Recording TV shows have never been easier, and to make things even better the latest version of Windows OS comes with the “Windows Media Center” application. You can use this application to record TV shows and you don’t have to spend a single cent on this software that will enable you to record live TV with a PC.

If you don’t know how to record TV shows on your computer then keep reading this article. Here I have discussed and explained the process to record TV on PC. Let’s check them out!

How to Record TV on Windows 7 and 8

If your computer is running on Windows 7 or 8 then you can use the Windows Media Center application to record TV shows. If you are Windows 8 user then you have to manually download and install the Windows Media Center app on your computer. Now follow the steps:

Step 1

First, you have to locate the Windows Media Center application on your computer. If it is already installed on your computer the chances are very little that you find the Windows Media Center shortcut icon on the desktop. So the quickest way to open this application is via Start Menu. So click on the Start menu, then go to All Programs and select the Windows Media Center from the list to open it on your computer.

Step 2

Once the application launches, go to the main menu and select the TV option. Then select the Guide feature. But in order to watch TV or record TV shows from your computer, you have to make sure that your TV Card is properly connected to your cable TV device, as well as your PC. Moreover, if you are using the Windows Media Center for the first time then you have to set up the software and adjust the settings to record TV.

Step 3

When you click the Guide feature you will see the list of TV shows. Now browse through the TV program in order to select the TV show you’d like to record. Use the arrow keys to navigate through the Guide and hit the Enter key to select a program and to access its info page.

Step 4

When the program info page opens you will see different live TV recording options. Now select the option that best suits your requirements and proceed with it. You can simply click the record button to start recording the TV shows immediately. There is a “Record Series” button available; you can use this button to record every episode of a TV show on your computer’s hard-drive. If you want to stop recording then simply click on the Do Not Record button on the show’s info page.

How to Record Live TV on Windows 10

You can use the Windows Media Center to record TV shows on Windows 10 computer but it is not recommended because it can produce unnecessary complications. There are a few convenient ways you can record TV on Windows 10 computers. They are:

  • Using Xbox Game DVR
  • Using MediaPortal App

Record TV on Windows 10 Using the Xbox Game DVR

This is the latest feature in Windows 10 computer and very few people know about it. The Xbox app of Windows 10 lets you capture games and you can enable the Game DVR and record the live TV on your computer. Now follow these instructions accordingly:

  • First, open the Xbox app on your computer
  • If you don’t have an Xbox account then create a new account
  • After creating an account you will see the home interface of the app
  • Now setup the Game DVR
  • Then open the program that you use to watch TV
  • Press the Windows Key + G in order to bring up the Game bar
  • Once the Game bar opens you can start recording TV shows on your computer

Record TV on Windows 10 Using the MediaPortal App        

You can interact with the MediaPortal app with the TV tuner card and record TV shows on your Windows 10 Computer. If you have MediaPortal app installed on your computer then follow the below steps:

  • Press the F9 key on your keyboard to bring up the Info menu
  • Here you will find the option to record live TV shows
  • Click on the Record Now button to start recording the TV shows
  • You can choose your favorite shows from the TV guide and can schedule the show for recording from the settings.

Final Thought

Nowadays it’s very common to record TV shows and watch them later. The above methods will help you conveniently record your favorite TV shows. Let us know if you have any queries about this topic. Our experts will provide guidance.

Thomas C. Bell

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