How to Watch Live Freeview BBC News On Computer

By | August 3, 2011

With the new release of TBS 6280 DVB T2 tuner card, now you can get Freeview digital TV with your Windows PC. Choose from over 50 digital TV and 24 radio channels in UK including BBC HD news, BBC world news, Film4, E4, ITV2, BBC Three, Dave and CNN, etc. Now watch live Freeview HD BBC news from your Windows Media Center with this great Freeview HD tuner card.

What is Freeview in UK

Freeview is a digital TV for free, no subscriptions, no contracts, no fuss. Freeview is the name for the collection of free-to-air services on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform in the UK. With up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 digital radio stations to choose from on Freeview, It has gained a great popularity among the whole UK .More programmes plus Sky Sports 1 & 2 or ESPN are available in addition to the Freeview channels from BT Vision and Top Up TV .

What Freeview channels are available

On Freeview you can enjoy non-stop entertainment on ITV2, Dave and great comedy on BBC Three. More 4 will give you award winning documentaries and for the latest movies, Film4 has it all. Catch the latest news on BBC/ CNN and Sky News and keep the children entertained with CBeebies.

What do you need to get Freeview on your PC

– Windows Media Center (included in Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate

Freeview  HD TV tuner or DVB T2 TV tuner

-Step by step guide on how to watch Freeview HD digital TV on your PC

Why Use TBS 6280 DVB T2 PC card

TBS 6280 DVB T2 PCIe Dual Tuner Card is specially designed for receiving and recording UK Freeview HD and SD channels. It’s a dual tuner PCI-Express interface DVB-T2/T TV Tuner Card which supports watching or recording two different Freeview channels from two different frequencies simultaneously. It is a rare Freeview HD tuner card available in the digital market. With the effort of TBS’ advanced technology, TBS 6280 works great on window 7 media center, Linux MythTV and other DVB application. It is an ideal DVB T2 PC card for Freeview users.

Guide on how to Watch Freeview HD digital TV on Window Media Center

Step 1:Install TBS 6280 DTV T2 Tuner Card on PC

To install a TBS 6280 PCIE card you MUST first ensure that your computer is unplugged from the mains. It is not enough to switch it off using the button on the front; you must ensure that it is disconnected from the mains.


Locate a free PCIE slot – you will need a screwdriver to remove any blanking plate.You must ensure that after seating the PC tv card firmly in the slot that the digital TV card is securely fastened into the slot. The thick television aerial cables are sturdy and can easily rip out a card that is not firmly fixed.

Once you have replaced the case of the computer, you can then attach the aerial connection to the appropriate connection. You then plug the box into your roof-mounted aerial connection, and attach the USB cable to one of the USB ports on your computer. Then you can start the “Digital TV” software. The first time you use it, you will need to scan for the freeview channels.

Once this has completed, you will be able to select from the Freeview channels that are available in your area.

Step2Run TBS 6280 On Window media center

After installing the TBS 6280 on computer, Open up Windows Media Center, Go to Tasks -> settings -> TV -> TV Signal -> Set Up TV Signal. Then click TV -> live TV to watch the scanned Freeview TV programs.

A “TV Tuner Selection” window appears,  You can see TBS 6280 DVB T2 Tuner , so please choose  tuners A or tuner B. Or, you can just leave it and choose both tuners at the same time. And then follow the instructions, until you can start to scan channels.

It takes a while to scan channels, and the freeview channels that have been found will be listed below. After the channels have been found, you can watch the freeview programs on PC now, such as BBC News, BBC one HD, BBC Three. Go back to the main menu of Media Center, and then click “Live TV” under the “TV” column. Relevant TV programs will begin to broadcast, and you can switch to your favorite programs as you wish.

There is now full support for the Freeview digital radio channels, but there are no red button text facilities. However, there is a full BBC News player in Media Center’s Online Services menu. Now you can watch Live Freeview BBC News On computer

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