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Watch TV at work through Skype

But will you need a licence?
Thu Jul 13 2006, 16:35
WE'VE COME ACROSS a curious new product courtesy of those wonderful Japanese types, that allows you to watch TV through the new medium of Skype.

Basically, a USB TV tuner which presents itself as a webcam, the Novac NV-LF2000 has some cunning software which plugs into Skype and lets you talk to your TV tuner to tell it to change channels, so that you can watch TV even if you don't have an aerial!


The Skype-approved system works like this - you plug the USB module into your home PC, and connect the aerial or cable TV into that. Then when you get to work, or your hotel in another country, you fire up skype and start a video call with your home PC which will play you what's currently on TV, meaning you need never miss an episode of "SuperMarket Sweep", god forbid!

We wonder how the BBC would like this one - would you just need a TV licence where the TV signal is being received, or where the skype transmission is received? You'll also probably need an internet connection with a pretty decent upload rate if you want it to be good quality. µ

Novac NV-LF2000


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