Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Old Computer Monitor a Money-Saving Way to Watch TV

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Old Computer Monitor a Money-Saving Way to Watch TV

Article excerpt

Anyone with a computer monitor in the closet gathering dust has probably thought the same thing: "Why can't I just use this to watch TV?" You can. As more people transition to mobile devices or upgrade the screen when replacing a PC, there are decent monitors taking up room in storage cabinets everywhere. Before you retire your old monitor to the landfill, consider repurposing it.

You don't need a computer for the monitor to work; it can connect to a cable or satellite receiver, tuner box or movie player using the same inputs as a standard TV.

An LCD monitor 24 to 32 inches wide can make a great option for the bedroom or the kids' play area. Repurposing it will save you money and a trip to the local recycling depot (monitors contain toxic chemicals that are bad for the environment, so they must be properly disposed of).

Even an old cathode ray tube (CRT) or flat-panel monitor can be converted to receive TV signals, but the monitor's age and quality may make modification too expensive for the picture quality.

When shopping for a new monitor to use as a TV, look for one that supports HDMI input. If you want to watch high-definition content received over the air or Blu-ray, make sure the monitor is HDCP compliant.

High Definition Content Protection is like the digital rights management technology (DRM) encoded into digital music. HD video content has similar protocols to deter piracy and your screen needs to be capable of decoding the content protection for viewing on a monitor.

Satellite and cable receiver boxes act as tuners, receiving signals, decoding HD content protections, putting video in a format that your monitor can process and sending audio to your home theater. Users without a satellite or cable box will need an external TV tuner box to change channels. Look for one that includes a remote control.

A TV tuner box also sends audio to external speakers or your home theater system and offers additional connection options if your monitor's inputs don't match your cable, satellite, antennae or DVD player output. …

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