Today’s top-line PCs are fully equipped and ready to function as
true multimedia machines. Many PC users extend their machines
with a TV card to be able to view TV pictures on the PC monitor, and
digitize pictures for further processing. Such a combination of a PC
and a TV card offers even more possibilities, however, such as
reception and storage of Teletext pages. Recent developments in
this field also allow Internet pages to be received from cable TV networks.
This is a free service, as no telephone company or Internet
Service Provider is involved. In Europe, the German TV station ‘ZDF’
leads the way with Intercast.