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post #1 of 14
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So, I have a 24" Acer
With -- 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI -- as inputs.

I want to use my monitor to see TV on, even when pc is off.

I think I need A TV Box right?

Any suggestions regarding TV Boxes?

DVI Connection is better then VGA?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 14
Your going to need something that gives you a tv signal, whether it be a cable box, a satellite box, or some sort of media streaming device.

DVI is digital, VGA is analog, again it depends on the source of the signal that depends which input you can use.
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Originally Posted by Mattb2e;11838645 
Your going to need something that gives you a tv signal, whether it be a cable box, a satellite box, or some sort of media streaming device.

DVI is digital, VGA is analog, again it depends on the source of the signal that depends which input you can use.

Yes I have a tv signal.. And it's digital. So its better to keep every think digital and use DVI.

Any suggested TV BOX?
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I do this with my 26" in my room. My "monitor" really is just a flatscreen TV which I use as one tongue.gif. All you need to make sure of is that you buy a TV not a monitor, because to watch TV you will need the TV tuner in it and monitors don't have that.

EDIT: Re-read OP and well my statement above could use a add. Yes you need a TV Box/Tuner to be able to watch tv.
Edited by Chucklez - 12/30/10 at 10:51pm
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my comcast DVR box has a hdmi.And i have seen them with a dvi as well
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Yes I have a tv signal.. And it's digital. So its better to keep every think digital and use DVI.

Any suggested TV BOX?

Ok, but what is this digital signal coming from? there needs to be a source, with an output, for you to use your monitor to view it.
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Ok, but what is this digital signal coming from? there needs to be a source, with an output, for you to use your monitor to view it.

It depends what he is using to get the signal to the TV, satellite cable ect.. Mine uses/has a HDMI out which I use a cable that came with it to plug in. But for him he will need to plug that into a TV tuner then form that into his monitor.

OP: Any of these tv tuners should work just fine.
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Ok, but what is this digital signal coming from? there needs to be a source, with an output, for you to use your monitor to view it.

The Digital Source is coming from a local service provider set top box which has digital signal.

I don't need the tv box to change channels, I will change channels from the local service provider Set Top Box.

I just need the tv box to convert from Antenna I/P to DVI O/P.
And to switch Between PC DVI O/P & Antenna I/P
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The Digital Source is coming from a local service provider set top box which has digital signal.

I don't need the tv box to change channels, I will change channels from the local service provider Set Top Box.

I just need the tv box to convert from Antenna I/P to DVI O/P.
And to switch Between PC DVI O/P & Antenna I/P

Ok so your "set top box" has a conventional Coaxial cable output and thats it?

It would help if you gave me a model number of the unit that your working with from your cable provider.

Some of them have DVI outputs, Some have RCA outputs, Some have HDMI outputs, Some older ones only have Coaxial cable outputs.

If your saying that your box is digital, that doesnt mean it has a digital output, just that the signal to the box is digital and then is converted to an analog signal. Or it could be that the box is outputting a digital signal, but then you would either have an HDMI output, or a DVI output if that were the case.
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Originally Posted by Mattb2e;11838894 
Ok so your "set top box" has a conventional Coaxial cable output and thats it?

It would help if you gave me a model number of the unit that your working with from your cable provider.

Some of them have DVI outputs, Some have RCA outputs, Some have HDMI outputs, Some older ones only have Coaxial cable outputs.

If your saying that your box is digital, that doesnt mean it has a digital output, just that the signal to the box is digital and then is converted to an analog signal. Or it could be that the box is outputting a digital signal, but then you would either have an HDMI output, or a DVI output if that were the case.

Hmm I understand... I'm from Malta, and the cable provider is called Melita.

Ohh... just noticed that the service provider set top box does not have any DVI or HDMI :s
I just have Coaxial Output and Scart & RCA :s

I'll contact them if they have any HD set top box.
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