Got to know of this one last World Cup season when the local cable tv providers were charging exorbitant amounts to see the games live. And personally, I don’t have the extra PCI slot for a TV Tuner card.
TVU Networks Corporation has a downloadable player for Windows XP that lets you watch some cable channels online.
My main complaint then was there was no fullscreen mode. But TVU Player version 2.2.0 has already solved that. Of course, video and sound quality depends on factors such as connection speed and signal strength from the TV station source.
And their channel line-up is getting impressive. They even have channels direct from the United States.
It’s a good way to waste time on a stormy day.
By the way, a broadband connection is a must.