- ** Find High-Def Channels:** Visit antennaweb.org and type in your address to find out which stations broadcast free over-the-air HD signals in your area. You should get the major networks, and you may get a handful of other channels, like PBS or CW.
- Install the Equipment: Get the Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner ($100; artectv.com) for Windows or the EyeTV Hybrid ($150; elgato.com) for Mac, connect the tuner to its included mini antenna, and plug it into your laptop´s USB port. Install the software, and set your screen to its highest resolution. You´ll need a laptop no more than a couple years old to avoid a choppy picture.
- Record the Shows: Most tuners include software for saving video to your hard drive, TiVo-style. An hour of recorded TV will take up about 400 megabytes of hard-drive space.