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    Hey everyone, I am buying a flat pnl HDTV and want to connect it as my monitor as well. A friend recommended that I get a program where I use my computer as my 'cable box', tivo and also as storage and player of movies.
    So I guess my questions are: does anyone know what I am typing about; any better way to do it; or any AVforums that would?
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    It's really complicated I would just keep the cable box seperate and buy DVR service from the cable Co. but if you decide to do it keep in mind you'll have to get a remote control for the computer to be able to control it like a regular DVR...as far as storage for movies thats easy I hook my laptop to my 50" Plasma and connect my USB 2.0 500GB portable HD to it and watch movies directly off of it, but I have only had to do that a few times with files that wouldn't burn from AVI to DVD...
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    I also read that you probably won't get the HDTV experience through the PC from the cable box...
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    http://ca.slingmedia.com/page/home

    This is pretty cool, not sure if it is what you are looking for. Don't know if it is HDTV capable.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire View Post
    Hey everyone, I am buying a flat pnl HDTV and want to connect it as my monitor as well. A friend recommended that I get a program where I use my computer as my 'cable box', tivo and also as storage and player of movies.
    So I guess my questions are: does anyone know what I am typing about; any better way to do it; or any AVforums that would?
    Thanks again Joe
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    tonnes of stuff there.

    if you want to hook up your computer to it, make sure the LCD/Plasma supports 1:1 pixel mapping.

    you should get a decent, but not top of the line, video card that supports your TVsets native resolution.

    a VGA connection should be fine. Some sets don't like DVI/HDMI from a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire View Post
    Hey everyone, I am buying a flat pnl HDTV and want to connect it as my monitor as well. A friend recommended that I get a program where I use my computer as my 'cable box', tivo and also as storage and player of movies.
    So I guess my questions are: does anyone know what I am typing about; any better way to do it; or any AVforums that would?
    Thanks again Joe
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    the technology isn't there yet. I wouldn't hook it up like that. If you're paying top dollar for a plasma/lcd, your probably gonna want to watch good Hi-Def sources, not muzzled Micro-crap stuff.

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    TV in adapter card?

    Set it up so that it's your computer most of the time, but with one hot key, you can activate the cable.
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    If you use something like a 32" Dell LCD then you can watch all your DVD's and downloaded stuff on the 32" straight from you PC (HDMI) or laptop (DVI). I use Time Warner's HD DVR (connected with an HDMI cable) for HD stuff because of the price and because I like their HD/HBO/SHO video on demand service. The results are that you can have two or three things going at a time. In split screen you can watch 2 things on the dell while keeping firefox open on the laptop ... or watch something from one of the HD channels in full screen while tooling around the internet or doing something work related. I paid $575 for the Dell LCD off of craigslist so I am just one happy ass mofo.

    As far as hook up's go I keep mine simple ... but I am in a remote war 'till I sort out which remote program to install on my PDA. That's where life will get easy ... macros to switch from one thing to another from one remote.

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    A friend recommended that I get a program where I use my computer as my 'cable box', tivo and also as storage and player of movies.
    HD programming or basic cable. Any plans for HD down the road?
    Setting up an HTPC can be a PITA sometimes but for the most part it's straightforward.
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    Woot Has this HDTV USB tuner/dvr device for like $90 today only.

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    Thanks everyone for the info
    The TV does support HDMI, as well as it having HD, tho I do not pay for HD I do have the channels on my box (ie discovery HD) so they may come in with the HDTV.. Im not sure
    The program it called Beyond TV
    http://store.snapstream.com/btvandpvr500.html

    and http://store.snapstream.com/beyondmedia1.html

    I guess It will cost $250 total
    Now I really download all the shows I want from emule, so going without the 'record' function would be fine.
    So since the TV has an S-video port on it and my video card has an S-video card in it I should be able to just plug them in together and use my computer as lets say input one.

    Manic- How do you hook up you laptop to your TV

    IainD- Is that just for a laptop?

    VJ- so I need a video card that supports 1366 x 768 resolution

    Bone Crusher- If my TV supports HDMI, I would guess that means it has a HDMI port. Do I need a new video card with a HDMI card in it?

    I guess I still have some homework to do?
    Thanks again Guys
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    Oh and is it going to be a problem that the TV doesnt have a DVI port?
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    If you post the model numbers of everything you're going to hook up we can give you a step by step ... with the premium options on a wish list. Include in your next post all the stuff you do now, what you want to do with what you have, AND what you would do if you had the chance. We can get you wired up six ways to Sunday but we need more info

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    OK, cool
    I am not worried about the Beyond TV setup, All I Want to do is hook up the TV to my computer
    The TV
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1158319080440
    I have a AMD 64 bit processor with plenty of HD space (I read it might matter on the AVS forum)
    The Grafics card is an XFx card but the least expensive one they had a year ago. I can get a new one if needed, expecially if I need an HDMI port
    Any other info I am more then glad to offer

    Edit- 2.04 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM
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    Oh and I have Duel Graphic card capability, or something if that will help
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