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How to Stream Live TV Using VLC

Updated March 23, 2017

The free VideoLan (VLC) player is a versatile and useful open source (free) video and audio player that supports a vast selection of file types. In addition to supporting most media file types, the VLC Player also supports streaming live media from a TV capture card installed on a PC. Configuring the VLC Player to play live streaming media is surprising simple and all settings may be configured using the VLC interface. No DOS applications or registry edits are required.

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Click “Start” and then click “All Programs. Click the “VideoLan” folder, then select the “VLC Player” link to open the player.

Click the “Media” (or “File”, in older version) option on the top navigation bar, then click the “Open Capture Device” option.

Click the “Video” entry on the top menu and then click the “Refresh List” button.

Select the TV capture card installed in the computer from the list of available devices.

Click the “Audio” option from the top menu and then click the “Refresh List” button.

Select the Audio device (sound card) installed on the computer.

Select “Media” and then click “Streaming…” (This option appears as “Stream Output” in older versions.)

Click “Settings.” The Streaming Media Settings interface will launch.

Check the check box in front of the “MMSH” option in the “Output Methods” section. Type “1234” into the “Port” text box next to the MMSH option.

Check the radio button next to the “ASF” option in the “Encapsulation Method” section.

Click the check boxes in front of the “Video Codec” and “Audio Codec” options in the “Transcoding Options” section.

Check the check box in front of the “Play Locally” option in the “Output Methods” section.

Click the “OK” button on the “Settings” page, then click “OK” on the “Streaming Media” page to close the dialogue boxes.

Click the “Play” button on the VLC Player interface. Streaming media from the TV capture card device will now play in the VLC Player.

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Things You'll Need

  • TV capture card installed
  • Cable or antenna connection

About the Author

Tammy Clevenger works in the I.T. industry while maintaining creative outlets through film making, writing and audio production. She is a published academic author and is an accomplished and certified Project Management Professional.

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