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mashinhead
Feb 19, 2008, 06:04 PM
I'm totally off tv and cable. I do not own one or get content from anything but the internet. But i do want watch the programming in lounge 'tv' like factor. So obviously i want an apple tv, what i want to know is can I get an lcd monitor and use it as screen? do the inputs support that?



gazfocus
Feb 19, 2008, 07:46 PM
I'm totally off tv and cable. I do not own one or get content from anything but the internet. But i do want watch the programming in lounge 'tv' like factor. So obviously i want an apple tv, what i want to know is can I get an lcd monitor and use it as screen? do the inputs support that?

Yes as long as your monitor has a DVI connector. You can purchase a HDMi to DVI cable off ebay. I used mine like that until I finally bought a TV

ftaok
Feb 19, 2008, 08:58 PM
Yes as long as your monitor has a DVI connector. You can purchase a HDMi to DVI cable off ebay. I used mine like that until I finally bought a TV
You would still need to have a solution for the audio. The DVI/HDMI cables drop the audio portion altogether.

I'm not sure if the aTV can output sound from the L/R RCA audio jacks when the HDMI port is active. I would assume the optical audio outputs are active.

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drumpat01
Feb 19, 2008, 09:58 PM
Yes you can use the audio out while using the HDMI port. I am doing it with mine right now.

tkermit
Feb 23, 2008, 01:51 PM
Yes as long as your monitor has a DVI connector. You can purchase a HDMi to DVI cable off ebay. I used mine like that until I finally bought a TV

Does the monitor have to be widescreen ?
I have a 17" monitor lying around which has a DVI connection, but a 1280x1024 resolution, therefore not widescreen. Would that work ?
Thanks !

pjac
Mar 2, 2008, 05:07 PM
I was wondering about this, but would there be any DRM issues with a DVI connection when watching (rented) HD content?

OllyW
Mar 2, 2008, 05:22 PM
I was wondering about this, but would there be any DRM issues with a DVI connection when watching (rented) HD content?

No.

From the Apple Store

Requirements
Widescreen (16 x 9) enhanced-definition or high-definition television with an HDMI, DVI, or component video input port

chiveee
Aug 10, 2010, 08:19 PM
I have Apple TV connected to flatscreen HD tv via HDMI. I'd like to be able to see the Apple TV interface on a computer monitor if I need to. This is needed when someone is watching TV on the TV and I want to pipe my Itunes (via Apple TV) to my patio on a different zone. With a computer monitor, I can easily choose my music without bothering someone watching the TV. Possible?

pjarvi
Aug 11, 2010, 11:12 AM
I have mine connected to a Dell 2407WFP HD Monitor via HDMI. This monitor has an audio out for the HDMI that I connect to a speaker bar, it just uses a standard 3.5mm stereo cable. Works perfectly fine.