Best 4 TV tuner software for Windows 10 PCs

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  • When it comes to TV, most people enjoy watching TV on their couch in the living room, but some folks prefer to watch it on their PC, especially if they are using a large display.
  • Our list can help you pick the best TV tuner software solution for your Windows 10 PC so that you can enjoy unlimited TV content straight on your computer.
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TV tuner

When it comes to TV, most people enjoy watching TV on their couch in the living room, but some folks prefer to watch it on their PC, especially if they are using a large display.

In the past, Windows Media Center was in charge of TV tuning, but since Windows Media Center isn’t included with Windows 10, we’re going to see other TV tuner software for Windows 10.

Even Microsoft has announced that in order to watch live TV on Windows 10, you’ll need a third-party solution, and today we’re giving you several applications to watch live TV on Windows 10 using a TV tuner.

So, check out our list of best TV tuner software for Windows 10 operating system.


Kodi windows 10

Kodi is one of the best alternatives to Windows Media Center, and it was originally created for Xbox, but now it runs on wide range of platforms, from Windows, over Linux to Android and iOS.

It can play files from your computer, from online streaming services, and with third-party plugins you can even watch live TV with it. This software is free to download and comes with no restrictions.

Windows doesn’t recognize your TV? Fix it quickly by following the simple steps in this guide.

Media Portal

Media Portal Windows 10

Media Portal was inspired by Kodi, but unlike Kodi it’s a bit simpler. It also plays variety of files from your computer, and it can also play live TV, if you have a TV tuner, without the need to install additional plugins. Media Portal is also free.


Emby Windows 10

Emby is another media player, and it’s also free and open source software, so it’s available on Linux and Windows, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Xbox 360.

Just like other software on the list Emby can work with your TV tuner on Windows 10.

Want to know how you can use your Windows 10 PC as a TV tuner? Take a look at this guide and find out more.


NextPVR Windows 10

NextPVR allows you to watch live TV on your computer and it’s available to Windows users for free. It might not look visually appealing as the other TV tuner software, but it gets the job done.

That would be all for our list of the best TV tuner programs for Windows 10, so if you’re considering connecting your Windows 10 computer, one of these programs is the right thing for you.

All of the TV tuner software on this list should be compatible with Windows 10, and best of all, it’s available for free of charge.

If you have any other questions, drop them in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about TV tuner software

  • What is the best TV tuner software?

All the tools we’ve listed in this article produce great results if you’re looking for efficient TV tuner utilities. However, Kodi seems to be the best and most versatile program for this purpose.

  • How can I watch live TV on my PC without a TV tuner?

The short answer is: you can’t. There are some programs that offer you “live” TV but most of this content is actually recorded and streamed back to you in real-time, and there’s some significant quality loss involved. Your safest bet is using an external TV tuner.

  • Is IPTV legal?

It depends on the IPTV source you’re considering. There are some perfectly legal IPTV providers, but most of them are underground services that provide illegal services. As a rule of thumb, if you see free IPTV content, you should probably steer away from it.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.