How to Connect an LCD Monitor to Watch a TV

by Daniel Quarnberg

For someone who has a computer monitor but does not want to purchase a TV, a standalone TV-tuner box can allow you to watch TV on your monitor. Additionally, some TV-tuner boxes have extra video inputs that allow you to connect other devices such as DVD players and video game systems to your computer monitor as well. These tuner boxes are also relatively inexpensive, which makes them an affordable alternative to purchasing a TV.

Sabrent TV-LCDHR (analog)

Connect the included power cable to the TV tuner box.

Connect the cable from your TV antenna, cable box or wall into the tuner box.

Connect one end of the included VGA cable to the "VGA OUT" port on the TV tuner box and the other end of the cable to your monitor.

Connect your headphones or computer speakers to the "AUDIO-OUT" port on the TV tuner box.

Perform an auto-scan for available channels, then use the included remote or the buttons on the TV tuner box to change the channel.

KWorld SA290-Q DVI (digital)

Connect the included power cable to the TV tuner box.

Connect the cable from your TV antenna, cable box, wall or the included antenna into the tuner box.

Connect one end of the included DVI cable to the "DVI OUT" port on the TV tuner box and the other end of the cable to your monitor.

Connect your headphones or computer speakers to the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the TV tuner box. Additionally, you can connect the TV tuner box to a stereo receiver using RCA cables.

Perform an auto-scan for available channels, then use the included remote or the buttons on the TV tuner box to change the channel.

Tip

  • check These were two examples of many types of TV-tuner boxes. Take the time to research a TV-tuner box before you purchase it. Read the specifications and user reviews to ensure that the box will connect to your type of monitor, and that it will meet your needs.

Warning

  • close As with all electronic devices, these TV tuner boxes have their strengths and weaknesses. Read the user reviews to be aware of any problems you may encounter and to ensure you buy a quality device.

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About the Author

Daniel Quarnberg started writing professionally in 2010. His articles have appeared in various online publications. Quarnberg's work on the effects of higher education on worldviews was so well received that he presented his findings at the 2010 Utah State University Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication Department's undergraduate research symposium. Quarnberg received a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Utah State University.

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