What are your favorite TV shows? Do you get to watch them any time you want to? Well, this will surely be a big No for almost everyone. It hurts to skip an episode of a favorite TV series and shows especially if you later come to know that it was one of the best episodes. It really is frustrating but now you can do something and be able to watch them whenever you want for free with the help of Windows Media Center.

How can this new application help you with the TV show and series that you intend to watch? This new application from Microsoft is capable of recording TV show for you to be able to watch in a later time. But, this is not as simple as it sounds though. It is true that you could watch and record TV shows through the Windows Media Center but there are some things that are needed to be considered for watching and recording. One example is that of TV signal.

The TV signals and the capability of a specific show to be recorded or be watched firstly depends on the type of tuners in your TV. The tuner is installed in your computer to be able to record the show form the television. The type of signals should also be considered. You should take into account the signal that is connected to your computer and the signals that are available in the location that you are in. Your location should also be taken into consideration and the cable provider that you have. Moreover, it would also be important to know the TV programming type that you have subscribed from your cable provider and the resources available in your computer like the speed of the processor, memory, video card potentials, card slots and USB ports.

Different types of TV signals are actually available. There are two kinds of signals which are used for television. A signal could either be an analog TV signal or a digital TV signal. Analog TV signals are transferred through cable TV feed while the digital type is through digital cable feed, an antenna or through satellite. There are different types of digital signals that are needed to be considered.

ATSC or the Advanced Television Systems Committee is the common type of signal used in America. Another type is the NTSC or the National Television System Committee. This is a phased out one but could still be used given that your TV is compatible with the said signal. The Quadrature Amplitude Modulation or QAM could also be used also with the ISDB or the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting and the DVB-T or the Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial. QAM is usually used as the standard cable in the United States. ISDB is used in Japan while DVB-T is most famous in Europe. The last kind is the DVB-S or the Digital Video Broadcasting Satellite which is widely used in the remaining parts of Europe and the other parts of the world.