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HI. I want to know how, if possible, to be able to be on the internet (which I do via desktop, direct ethernet cable connected to my dell tower) and simultaneously be able to watch a tv channel (which I do via an OTA antenna, connected to the antenna spot on the tv, which is also the monitor for my pc.) I was able to do this and loved it, until last week when Locast ceased operations. I didn't have to push the input button on remote, like I do now. Is there a type of connection or device that will accomplish this? Split screen? Separate window? etc? It's an Insignia tv, new, not a smart tv.
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What is OTA and what is locast ? We don't live in your local and don't know the lingo.

Are you saying that you are able to watch TV as well as see the pc' desktop, using picture in picture feature of the TV?
Over The Air, antenna. Locast is a local tv stations translator that provided access to local tv stations via its site, so an antenna wasn't needed.
 

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What is OTA and what is locast ? We don't live in your local and don't know the lingo.

Are you saying that you are able to watch TV as well as see the pc' desktop, using picture in picture feature of the TV?
Picture in picture wasnt needed. I'd just have locast open on a tab and it would pop up a seperate window visible while still using the pc
 

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HI. I want to know how, if possible, to be able to be on the internet (which I do via desktop, direct ethernet cable connected to my dell tower) and simultaneously be able to watch a tv channel (which I do via an OTA antenna, connected to the antenna spot on the tv, which is also the monitor for my pc.) I was able to do this and loved it, until last week when Locast ceased operations. I didn't have to push the input button on remote, like I do now. Is there a type of connection or device that will accomplish this? Split screen? Separate window? etc? It's an Insignia tv, new, not a smart tv.
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Open your TV channel. Use double square icon top right to compress the window.
Open PC window and do the same
Drag one window to the left and adjust both by dragging the edges until they both take up half the window
You can use them independently, or add more windows and adjust as needed.
Depends on the size of your monitor!
 

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Short answer is no.

If you've selected the input for TV on your television, that's what will display. In order to see an image from your PC, you'll need to change the input to HDMI (or whatever you're connected with). If you have PIP (picture-in-picture), you can view two inputs, though the PIP window is typically less than 1/4 the size of the main screen, usually much less.

The only way you can really do what you want is to find a TV tuner card to install in your PC. Something like this (I haven't used this, and am not endorsing it, simply using it as an example of the sort of thing I'm talking about):
https://www.newegg.com/hauppauge-wi...=digital_tv tuner card-_-15-116-116-_-Product

I've seen USB formats, too, but I'm not too sure about them. I guess if it were at least 3.0 it would be fine.
 

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Theres no double square icon, or anything to grab when the tv is on because its the tv
The only way to get the scalable and moveable box for the OTA TV program would be to have the TV connected to the computer's video output and, as Mark explained, then use an OTA tuner expansion card plugged into an open PCIe slot on the computer's motherboard. The card would typically come with or have downloadable software to tune in the desired channel and display it in a repositionable and scaleable box on the Windows desktop.
 

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Yeah, thats like having me do brain surgery. Thank you for your time and help. I'll just get a smaller additional tv and hang on the wall next to the current one and hook the OTA antenna up to it.
 

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You could check other paid streaming services such as DirecTV Stream, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, or Vidgo to see which offer access to live, local channels in your area.
 

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I "cut the cord" to eliminate cable costs, so the $5 monthly donation for Locast was acceptable and welcome for those that cannot afford cable or streaming services, yet have internet.
 

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At this point, you have at least three choices.

1) Wait and see if Locast is going to fight and win to restore their service at $5 / month.

2) Go with one time cost to purchase and set up a tuner card installed in your computer

3) Purchase a separate computer monitor for watching videos on the computer and use the TV for simultaneous OTA viewing.
 
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