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Fancy turning your copy of Skype into a watch-anywhere TV viewer? Now you can, courtesy of Japanese company Novac, which today announced a box that turns any suitably-specified PC into a machine for beaming TV shows to anyone on the internet.

The key is in the software. The box itself is an analogue TV tuner - not digital, alas. The code connects the digitised video into a video-conferencing stream that can be sent via a local copy of Skype out to any other machine running the VoIP software. Sending a Skype instant message to the source lets you change channels.

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Right now, the system only works with the Windows XP version of Skype - other versions of the communcations tool don't yet support video-conferencing.

It occurs to Reg Hardware that this may be possible with any TV tuner, if you can fool Skype into thinking the gadget is a webcam. Anyone with the right equipment want to give it a whirl and let us all know whether it works?

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If not, there's always Novac's TV Adaptor for Skype, which goes on sale in Japan on 14 July for around ¥9,800 ($85/£46/€67). ®

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