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    watching TV on your computer monitor

    anyone doing this? I know that there are Internet subscription services, but who needs another bill? I would like to connect my dish TV to my computer monitor so I can flip back and forth while working on the computer.

    I'm thinking about buying a widescreen monitor for my second computer. I'm getting the impression that you need to buy a better quality monitor if you want to watch TV or video on it. Is that true?

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    You might get some ghosting if you have an older LCD display, but that is the only reason to worry about upgrading your display.

    If you are using windows, check these guys out:
    http://www.hauppauge.com/

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    Here's what I have hooked to my Comcast Hi-Def cable box and my computer.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...el=TH-50PHD8UK

    One button on the remote for PC, another for cable. After more than a year, I'm still well pleased.

    But, as with any electronic purchase older than a week, there's a newer, better model.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...del=TH-50PF9UK

    Any TV or monitor with a PC input & sat receiver input should work, but you will like some better than others.
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    $70,000 USD burning a whole in your pocket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolish Old
    Here's what I have hooked to my Comcast Hi-Def cable box and my computer.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...el=TH-50PHD8UK

    One button on the remote for PC, another for cable. After more than a year, I'm still well pleased.

    But, as with any electronic purchase older than a week, there's a newer, better model.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...del=TH-50PF9UK

    Any TV or monitor with a PC input & sat receiver input should work, but you will like some better than others.
    wow so you are using a 50" TV as your computer monitor? how far away are you sitting from it? it seems like it would be hard to read from such a large display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley
    wow so you are using a 50" TV as your computer monitor? how far away are you sitting from it? it seems like it would be hard to read from such a large display.
    I sit about 9 feet away from the screen. It's easy to read even small font text.

    ETA - it's not a tv - it doesn't have a built in tuner.
    Last edited by Foolish Old; 01-21-2007 at 02:34 PM.
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    I've used 42in plasmas since 2003. I have mine at the foot of my bed, a WHOLE lot easier to read than a monitor. Makes for AWESOME gaming.

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    I was using a 55 inch 720P TV (1280x720) as a computer monitor seen from maybe 12 feet away. It was alright, but at times with extra small fonts it was kinda hard to see easily. Gaming was ok at this res also if you are not too particular about hi res, but if you wanted to go higher res gaming and let the video driver or tv scaler downconvert to the native 720p resolution, a lot of fonts in games were just too small. After kicking around the idea of getting a 1080P tv and run it off the computer at native 1920x1080 resolution, I decided to get this after considering picture quality and size issues:

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=320-4335

    It is mounted on this: (hey looks like I bought before the price just went up)

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=A0533260

    This combo is mounted on a side table next to my lazyboy-style chair. Swings away for transfers, when seated the monitor swings to the above the knee area. Much better big screen effect I think, 1920x1200 resolution (I got a computer that can run it very well at that res too ), and you can see it easily since it is so close. Normally without SCI I'd do a desk and office chair, but it is so much more comfortable doing the easy chair computing route than sitting in a wheelchair at a desk when you consider your reclining while computing options.

    I'll post some photos in this forum in a week or so, I still need to finish up the wiring/arranging of this setup. Ratnest city now as I just moved the computer and router across the room, man I wish I had some cat 5 in my walls, lol.

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    i have windows media center and just hooked my cable into the back of my tower, i watch tv while online all the time...it also records like a dvr...i have 20" wide lcd and can have tv on one side w/net on other or just tv full screen if i'm not online

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