Step 2: Choosing a Display

Now for the most important step, choosing a display. There are a few requirements for the monitor. First, it MUST be HDCP Compliant (High Definition Content Protection, think TV DRM). Next, it must have a DVI or HDMI input. It doesn't have to, but I recommend getting a widescreen monitor. Also, make sure that it can display at Least 720p (use This image to make sure). I used a dell E207WFP which I will be using as an example for setup. It can display up to 720p and is cheap with a picture rivaling most high end HDTVs.
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<p>Just go to <a href="http://www.satellitestreams.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.satellitestreams.com</a> and use the software on your PC (3,500+ channels). Afterwards, you can always connect your PC to your TV using an HDMI cable.</p>
if set top box didnt hvhdmi or vga port ????
<p>hi, I am not sure whether my monitor is HDCP or not. How to check this? it is an Acer monitor - X223W, 22&quot; wide screen.</p><p>Thank you</p>
Hi, I am using an aoc monitor as a tv for games but it keep turning off what can I do.
<p>Can I use a hdmi to vga cable?</p>
<p>Seems like you didn't get the response needed, but yes you should be able to use HDMI to VGA, granted you have the HDMI to VGA converter. HDMI and VGA are just versions of data transmission in a sense. You will still need an audio cable for sound though. There are tons of converters online and some that will come with slots for all components and digital. https://sewelldirect.com/articles/vga-to-hdmi.aspx</p>
Can i use rca to vga ? I use t220 syncmaster samsung. But it seems not working. I have tv converter too. I think the problem is in yhe cable! Can u pls help me? Thanks need asap response
<p>Good information but how can i use my TFT as TV if my CPU has not any AV input. </p><p>Thanks in advance from <a href="http://www.internetbroadband.in" rel="nofollow"> www.internetbroadband.in </a> </p><p>Please suggest any simple way or guide me which device can help me to do so.</p>
<p>Dumb question here - can a DVD player be hooked up? Is Blue Ray an issue?</p>
<p>Yes a DVD player can be hooked up...Dvd players are usually set one way and only have video/audio out, in which you can hook it up to any display that recognizes Conponent or Digital </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>is there any displayer that just only displays what it is connected? I want small one, like a smartphone sized... and it doesn't have to have like menu button to control like sounds etc.. I just need to turn it on and off. :)</p>
Hi, I am looking to turn my dell monitor into a tv.without using cpu is that possible if yes than plz tell me how....
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i need a simple way to use my acer x163w widescreen monitor as a tv that will connect to a DVD Player or something simple? Please can anybody help???
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<p>can i use i ball claro tv model no ctv 27 tuner with 27&quot; LED monitor to use as LED tV which monitor is suitable for it..?? pls suggest which one is the cheapest 27&quot;/32&quot;LED monitor </p>
Hi Atomic16, <br> <br>I need to make a TV setup for using a monitor. Give me the best configurations with brands which to opt so that my purpose is met. Will the LG 3D monitor suit ? Am in India .. please share your valuable opinion. <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Girish <br>girishta@gmail.com
Ok.I have this problem now. <br>I have a Cable box which has only SCART and Composite video outputs.It also has 2pin stereo output for the sound.I only want to get a clear picture.On my 24' lcd monitor i have 3 inputs.2 x hdmi and 1 x vga.What do you suggest for me?Can i use scart to vga cable to accomplish this or? <br>Thanks.
Would a simple Roku not be the best way?
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Hi, I am looking to turn my dell monitor into a tv.without using cpu is that possible if yes than plz tell me how....
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Yeah but theres a common misconception. Most HDTVs arent really &quot;HD&quot; without &quot;HD&quot; channels. A monitor still gives the better edge in this regard. Btw, I found this on eBay: LG 42&quot; LCD FHD starting at $500. Retails for $1400 brand new. <br> <br>Any thoughts on this? <br> <br>The link is: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110865879016?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_1979wt_1270
The best bet today is a HDTV with everything built in ready to go, shop around and you will be surprised at how low priced they are.
Agreed. Compare 42 inch LCD's - both monitors and HDTV's. I can buy a tv for ABOUT $2-300 cheaper.<br> <br> But, for those wishing to use what they already have, understandably, the person would only need to re-read this instructable, to know what they need. Basically, it comes down to needing an HD cable box, your LCD monitor, and something to use for speakers<br> <br> Cable box will have either, or most likely both, a DVI output and an HDMI output. Choose one to connect to your monitor, with the correct cable (and one that's also the correct length, of course). IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN HD CABLE BOX, you WILL need an HDTV decoder. FYI, I actually thought I'd give it a try, with my basic cable box, and ordered a component RCA-to-VGA cable. All I got was green. IN OTHER WORDS, there isn't a cable made that will convert a video signal to use with your monitor<br> <br> Speaker attachment will be via the RCA outputs on the cable box. RCA cables will attach directly to the speakers (if your cable box is amplified), or more likely to a receiver of some sort, which will then be connected to your speakers. This is where I would take advantage of today's technology, and attach a 5.1 or even a 7.1 surround receiver<br> <br> A good read - <a href="http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/254084-Connect-LCD-monitor-to-Digital-HD-Cable-box">http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/254084-Connect-LCD-monitor-to-Digital-HD-Cable-box</a>
&quot;FYI, I actually thought I'd give it a try, with my basic cable box, and ordered a component RCA-to-VGA cable. All I got was green. IN OTHER WORDS, there isn't a cable made that will convert a video signal to use with your monitor&quot;<br><br>I bought a YPbPr - Composite video cable to VGA and hooked up my cable box and LCD monitor together and got the green screen you spoke of but then I went into the monitor settings and changed the color format option to YPbPr and the colors then displayed the way it should. So far my LCD monitor has been working with my cable box this way for a couple of months.<br>Only thing is your monitor has to have that option in the color format section for YPbPr, I know some monitors do not have that feature.<br>This is the cable I bought:<br>http://www.ebay.com/itm/6FT-1-5m-HD15-VGA-3-RCA-COMPONENT-CABLE-HDTV-B91-/320682187186?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item4aaa25d9b2<br>It cost me $1.00
hi<br>i bought same cable but i can not got display on my lcd moniter.please tell me how to set resolutions.do i need to attach a computer.please.thanks<br>
Or you can just watch hq online tv :)<br>
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Hey guys, I'd really love to work out this set up! I'm considering buying a Dell 1800fp Ultrasharp monitor (specs here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1800FP/English/specs.htm)">http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1800FP/English/specs.htm)</a> to use with my Sony SVR-3000 Tivo. The tivo box has S-video input, as well as A/V jacks. There is a usb port on the back of the tivo box but i can't seem to find anywhere what the usb actually does! <br/><br/>Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know if this monitor will work and anything you might know about the connection and USB stuff! <br/><br/>K<br/>
USB is most likely for storage or Service, nothing to do with output. This seems to have only analog outputs, which does not really work for these purposes, a TV may work better.
Dear Atomic16,<br><br>Please i have DELL E207WFP LCD 19&quot; Monitor (just exactly the one above). It has a HDMI and DV... ports but i cant convert it to a TV. I have this Coaxial cable drawn from a friend's decoder which i would like to use with my Dell Monitor but am anxious to know the correct setup that will turn it into a TV. Please help!
The usb port on the tivo box is so you can update your tv guide through your wireless internet connection
How to Use Your CPU monitor as a TV?<br><br><br>I have a second cable outlet I want to use to watch CABLE on.<br>The OUTLET from the CABLE is a screw in cord (not an HDMI). <br><br>Whereas the back of my computer screen only has an HDMI hookup. (newer computer)<br><br>How can I make this work?
Great concept!
Also, I don't know if this would help at all but i have a dvd player with this... someone said you could use this as a tuner or something?
Hi, I am looking to turn my dell monitor into a tv. I am a college student living in a dorm so i don't have a cable box...just a rf-coaxial cable connecting to the wall. Is there a way i can still make this work? I've heard something about needing a tv tuner but im not sure if that is correct or not. My monitor supports vga and dvi cables. Also, im not sure how i would connect speakers? <br><br>Thanks, i appreciate any help you can offer. :)<br>
Hello, I have a Samsung SyncMaster LCD monitor, with great quality, however im not much fond with LCD's but is there any chance i can use this monitor to watch tv without my connecting my laptop or computer? If so how would i be able to do it?<br><br>thanks.
I connect my laptop to internet via wireless router and then I connect my laptop to 42 inch <a href="http://www.1click-store.com/television/television.html">LCD TV</a> with HDMI cable. That way I can watch in high definition (HDTV) anything from my laptop on TV. HDMI cable connects both video and audio signals so practically I need just one cable. Since my laptop is connected to internet through wireless router I can place my laptop close to TV and use short HDMI cable to connect it to TV and <a href="http://softwaretvonpc.blogspot.com/">watch television on PC</a>.
I have a Samsung T220 monitor with no RCA ports. Is there any to convert it?
your moniter doesnt need rca it only needs dvi or hdmi. The cable box is what delivers the sound to the speakers. the moniter doesnt need sound
This is a great post. I'm using a monitor for games but I didn't think I could use it as a full fledged TV with a proper cable box.<br><br>I wish I had learned this when I bought the monitor!
I agree at the sizes your talking about, this was only a good option for a smaller set, and like you said, a couple of years ago. Now its probably a lot easier just to go for the TV, but at the time, they were much more expensive. <a href="http://www.gpscardvd.com" rel="nofollow">Car dvd players</a>
Can anyone help me I have cox communications and an old Dell LCD monitor how can I hook my cable line up to it? Help please!!!
For anyone that wants to use a monitor with analog TV, or that needs RCA inputs, there's tuner/adaptor boxes.&nbsp; Search eBay for LCD monitor tuner; you'll find some from about $30 including shipping.&nbsp; Some use VGA, which means you can use older LCD monitors that lack DVI, or even old CRT monitors.&nbsp; These boxes often have VGA pass-through, so you can still use the monitor with a computer, and maybe even display the TV in a PIP&nbsp;window.<br /> <br /> And as for whether any of this makes sense, big old (but still perfectly good) CRT monitors are free.&nbsp; Broken LCD monitors can be quite easy to fix, so you may be able to acquire extra monitors at very low cost.&nbsp; Even smaller ones (15&quot;) would be useful as extra TVs in the kitchen, bathroom, kids' or spare bedrooms.&nbsp; Or, since the tuner boxes have RCA and SVHS video inputs, use them with vintage gaming consoles or emulators.
I have a plasma monitor and want to connect it to the decoder. It does not have the RCA inputs to connect to the decoder. Which cables can i use for this purpose?&nbsp;

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