Best 4 TV tuner software for Windows 10 PCs

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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

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

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

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.


Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
  • Trouble is, none of these work with USB TV Tuners (attached to antennae). That’s a real problem. The software that comes with USB TV Tuners doesn’t work, at least not on Windows 10. I’d love to cut the cable. Does anyone here know of actually credible software that -does- work with USB TV Tuners?

  • Are there any UWP apps that allow you to watch live tv from your PC or mobile device if you have connected a USB tv tuner?
    It would make perfect sense to develop a tuner with a UWP app so you can run it from any devices running Windows 10.

  • I have nextpvr, and watch satilite TV. I use this for sat as it has a tool to merge channels. example 8 chanal 4’s merged to just 1.
    I also have ProgDVB (V.7 free) which I use via the antena.
    Not tried to record, no need to, but both work well with win 7 and win 10. (dual boot system).
    Since win 10 appeared on the scene windows media centre does not function as well, mainly the TV guide needs to be refreshed ever time I use the guide.

  • In Media center, I could easily access my tuner card (connected to an antenna) and watch live broadcast television.
    That process is now beyond Byzantine, realistically impossible on any of these programs.
    Yet another black mark against teh contemptible Microsoft’s windows 10

    • I hear ya, I have an ATI TV Wonder 600 USB 2.0 that worked just fine in Win7. Now? Install this, configure that, add plug in, add plugin plug in configurator for remote access to the device that con’t be configured without additional blah, blah, blah…

      I just want to watch some TV!!!!