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Using a 1920x1080 LED computer monitor for directv
Let me start with saying that I have searched the web up and down and even though there are similar post all over, nothing matches exactly what I wish to do.
I had to move my computer/office into the bedroom with the arrival of our second child. This meant that I also lost our bedroom TV (no room for both!). I would like to buy a good LED monitor to use as my desktop computer monitor, but also as a TV to view directv programing.
I do NOT wish to use my computer itself to watch DirecTV in any way! I only wish to use the same LCD monitor for dual purposes, and not necessarily at the same time either. If I find the right 1920x1080 monitor that has both DVI (for the computer) and HDMI (for the directv receiver) inputs and audio outputs (or built in speakers), can I hook a directv HD/DVR receiver directly to the monitor to watch DVR and live programing? Will I still need a digital TV tuner, either built in to the monitor, or externally?
If so, how would I switch between the two of them (beyond the obvious: don't have both of them on at the same time). Since it isn't an actual TV, I don't think I can select a different input like I do with a TV to switch from Directv programing and a DVD player for instance.
I do play a lot of computer games, so the monitor would be used more for the computer than for Directv programing.
Or...am I going about this the wrong way, and should just get a HDTV instead and use it for my computer monitor?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
04-01-2011 09:10 PM