Recording TV to Toshiba notebook

Hi there
What does one need to enable you to connect a notebook to a tv and enable you to record TV shows? Alternatley can you connect a notebook to the TV to view DVD movies. I have no experience in this as with my set up I have a TV card. Would that be an option for the notebook it is a Toshiba. I have not got the spec will post that later today. I realise I have not given nusch detail I aam just enquiring about the principle.
Many thanks

Sorry I took so long with the specs I was away.
The notebook is a toshiba Satellite M45- S265.
Do you get a TV pc card for this notebook?
Any ideas?