How can a monitor be used as a tv?

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How can a monitor be used as a tv?
Computer monitors can be turned into TVs easily. (Monitor image by Caila from

There are countless ways to reuse computer hardware for other purposes, and turning your monitor into a TV is one of the easy ones. With or without a computer, little more than a simple hardware addition is needed.

Using a Monitor with a Computer

The cheapest and easiest route is to use a computer to get the TV signal. You need a TV tuner for your computer. These come in USB stick form or as PCI cards. The USB stick can simply be plugged in and set up without any tools. Tuners range from £13 to £65, with the best quality devices starting at around £32.

Without a Computer

Lack of a computer does not mean that your monitor cannot receive a TV signal. External TV tuner boxes are on the market, and they can add all the ports you need to turn your monitor into a TV. Typical prices range from £32 to £97.

Using a Converter Box

If your monitor has component or S-video ports, you also have the option of plugging the monitor directly into a TV converter box if you use one. These are the typical HDTV converter or other set-top boxes used for a regular TV.

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