LCD monitor into fully functional TV?
July 21, 2012 6:17 PM Subscribe
How can I set up my LCD monitor as a full-fledged TV for a digital tuner, DVD player, and Wii?
posted by gregoryg to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There were a couple questions covering the topic previously, but they were all around 2-3 years old and I'm wondering if options have grown since then. My monitor has VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, as well as 3/4" audio output.
What I'd like to do is skip getting a cable box altogether and buy an over-the-air digital tuner to get a handful of HD channels and get a cheapo DVD player so I don't have to hook up my laptop to watch DVDs. Icing on the cake would be the ability to hook up my Wii for Netflix and the occasional game, or if not that then the ability to hook up a Roku or Boxee. I'm cool with having to do cable switching manually but a central hub that I can hook everything to would be fantastic.
My questions are: what equipment do I need, what won't work automatically, and is it as easy as connecting a DVD player (or Blu-Ray if I get one) to it with an HDMI cable? And what cords would I need to get the Wii into it? I only have composite cables for it now - and how would I get audio from my Wii/everything else to my monitor anyway? Or does audio go through HDMI?