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Farily Simple Question: Using a Satellite Box w/ Cable

by rockfan0005 / July 24, 2008 3:04 PM PDT

Hey guys,
Here's the deal I bought a 30" LCD TFT Monitor that has the following inputs: S-Video, RCA/composite, RGB component, VGA and DVI. The monitor doesn't have a TV tuner and I don't want to use it through a PC (want to have it act like a TV). What I've been thinking about recently is purchasing something like a Direct TV/Dishnetwork box, just to hook up to and use as a tv tuner instead of going through the cable company (I think it's like a $5 per month fee). I have cable and I will be moving in about 1 month (college student).

Here's the user's manual online (if it helps):

So the questions:
1. Is it even possible to buy something like this:
and hooking it up w/o subscribing to it?
2. If question one is yes any recommendations on what to buy?
3. Do you guys have any other ideas?

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by johnisnotcool / July 24, 2008 10:44 PM PDT

Buy a digital converter if you apply you can get a coupon from the goverment and you can take one home fore 10-20 bucks.

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Why don't I get a Converter Box
by rockfan0005 / July 25, 2008 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Just

From what I've seen the converter boxes only really have RCA outlets (which I have), but the video quality of those is pretty crappy. If I was going to do that I'd just go buy an old VCR from a pawn shop for next to nothing. The reason I was thinking about using a Direct TV receiver is that I want to have something that would preferrably be the quality of VGA or DVI. If anyone has insight please feel free to share your opinion.

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AFAIK sat box won't work with cable tv...
by Pepe7 / July 25, 2008 6:06 AM PDT it's designed to work with a sat signal and not what's coming in via your CATV coax.


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If it's not
by dinox64 / July 26, 2008 3:29 AM PDT

An HD source who cares if it runs through an old vcr or not? That's the only time I think it would matter.
I'm currently using a vcr I bought for 2 bucks from my neighbor at a moving sale for my monitor only. I just hid it behind everything under what i'm using for an entertainment system.

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