The Digital Lifestyle blog recently pointed us to a post that explained how you could sync recorded TV on your DVR with your Windows Mobile device. This is something that no other smartphones are capable of doing, notes Adam Lein of pocketnow.com. Instead of buying expensive videos and TV programs, you can sync your Windows Mobile device with any PC running Windows Media Center (Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate users – this includes you). To do so, all you need to do is set up your Media Center PC with a TV tuner so it can act as a DVR, recording your favorite shows to its hard drive for later viewing in the Media Center application. TV tuner kits are usually around $100 and can plug into the USB port on your computer.
Once your PC is set up to record TV, go to Tasks –> Sync in Windows Media Center to set up syncing with your Windows Mobile Device. (Make sure your device has a good memory card with a lot of room!).
You can customize the automatically selected content for syncing, create playlists, and add other criteria to determine which items to sync. For details on these steps, check out the blog post.
Once your done with the initial configurations, your device will then sync with Media Center anytime its plugged into the USB port. If you have a lot of TV shows, it may be best to sync overnight since it can take time to convert the files to mobile-ready format prior to the sync.
To play the files on your Windows Mobile device, navigate to the “My TV” section of your library in Windows Media Player. You can now watch TV on your phone even if you’re in an area with no reception. The best part? It’s free!