InterVideo's DVD player is powerful, but the software for viewing and recording TV is inferior to other dedicated TV-viewing apps.
The good: Solid DVD player software offers integrated TV viewing and recording; real-time capture to MPEG files; captures and burns to DVD.
The bad: Interface not optimized for TV viewing and recording; confusing time-shift feature.
, and DVD players
--who needs 'em? With the right software and hardware, you can watch and even record TV and DVDs on your personal computer
. WinDVD Recorder, for example, adds live TV playback and video-recording features to InterVideo's popular WinDVD DVD software. Recorder ably handles DVD playback, but the legacy interface sometimes gets in the way when watching TV. Fans of InterVideo's WinDVD who want to add casual TV watching and live recording to their PC's repertoire should consider WinDVD Recorder. But for something closer to the TiVo
experience, we prefer SnapStream's competent Beyond TV 3.0
or a bundled hardware/software package, such as ATI's TV Wonder.