LCD monitor as TV
September 28, 2004
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I would like to use my LCD as a TV. What is the difference between the TV tuner cards, the ATI All-In-Wonder video cards, and a Media Center PC?
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use a TV tuner to receive and display a TV signal. So let's break it down.
TV tuner card:
This is pretty simple. You get a card that will receive TV input with no frills.
Some graphics cards bundle in TV tuners, such as the ATI All-In-Wonder and the Nvidia Personal Cinema
. Beyond the tuner, you get added hardware and software features, including 3D gaming capabilities and a digital video recorder (DVR).
Media Center PC:
This is the most complex option. You get all the same features as a graphics card with a TV tuner, but it's integrated into the operating system and has an interface designed for a remote control.
Finally, you may want to look at some of the external TV tuners that quickly and cheaply convert LCDs into TVs
--no PC required.
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