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    Help me find a solution

    I live, full time, in a 26' trailer. Needless to say, space is at a premium.

    I have a 24" Dell high end lcd monitor on my main computer that I would like to make double use of, ie, replace my analog television that will soon enough be obsolete.

    I pull local channels off a digital roof top antenna most of the time, cable when avail.

    I have a cheap, low end, dvd player that I would have no problem replacing.

    My question is, is there a digital "receiver" out there that will plug into my monitor and provide me my television viewing, still allow computer usage. Sounds like a bluray dvd player with receiver would be an ideal solution...are there any?

    Thank you in advance....

    Doug

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    Any big box electronic store can sell you a TV tuner card to put into your computer. If you have an empty slot available. Or some of the Video cards come with extras like a tuner.

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    Hubert...appreciate that idea. I don't know that I'm going to bring the big computer box into the trailer as I consolidate out of the shop/office...for computer I use my notebook. I will hook up the monitor to it when I have need for the larger view.

    How about some type of receiver...I see where many have video inputs....then I can attach a couple of speakers....

    Doug

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    What types of inputs does the monitor have?

    I just saw in one of the Sunday ads (probably Best Buy) a device that plugs into your computer, USB port I assume, that is a digital TV receiver. I think it even came with a little antenna. So you could use that with the laptop if you wanted to go that route.

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    Matt...the monitor is a 1920X1200 capable with the following ports:
    VGA (Analog), DVI-D (Digital) with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)
    Other Connectors / Features
    S-Video, Composite, Component, Integrated 9-in-2 media card reader/slots, 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 Ports, Kensington security port

    It is 1080p capable which is what led me to think I could hook up a seperate receiver with video input for the antenna feed and use the either the dvi-d or s-video to connect the receiver to the monitor....

    I really know not what I'm talking about....lol

    I did at one time have my sat hooked up to the monitor through the s-video and a old stereo receiver for the audio...the sat box gave me channel control I don't have the sat avail anymore...did not want to deal with it as I travel.

    Really don't want to drive anything with any computer for television or dvd viewing.

    Doug

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    Here's a tuner:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1161734592183

    I assume you know that there are set top boxes coming out that will recieve the digital signals and use your old TV as a monitor? And you can get a $40 off coupon from the Federal govt?

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    Thank you Matt. Yes, I'm aware of the coupon program and have applied. The big issue here is that I want one box in this small space, not a monitor and a TV...I'll get a wall mount for the flat screen that will swivel and articulate, that I can then push the monitor back to the wall and secure with a strap for travel. Sounds better to me than trying to secure the tube tv I currently use.

    Doug

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    I don't think you need a tuner if you've got a dish or cable box - the monitor has componet and composite, as well as s-video - all of those are tv-standard type hookups. Your cable box, dvr, dish box, etc - all of those will have at least one of those as outputs - all ya need's the right cable between 'em and select that input on the monitor.
    Jason Beam
    Sacramento, CA

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