27" imac being used as a moniter - connect to tv?

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  1. powerhouse7 macrumors regular

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    I've just discovered that the new 27" iMac can be connected to a macbook and used as a monitor. Does this mean that it now has the capabilities to be connected to a digital set top box and used as a TV? (even if it can't record, but just watch) or do i still need to buy eyeTV?
     
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Nope.
     
  3. powerhouse7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You Can

    Just answering my question, you can watch tv on the mac, but not because it's a 27" new imac. All you need is digital set top box with a firewire/USB connection (and the appropriate software - there is freeware about) and you can watch and record with any mac.
     
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    That's good to know, thanks for the update. I wish Apple had made it so only the display needed to be on (using it as a true monitor/TV) and included other inputs. Would make it quite appealing to those that require a smaller TV and a Mac computer (two birds, one stone). But alas, the iMac needs to be completely powered on whether using it with a Display Port computer or with the method you posted :(
     
  5. powerhouse7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Another Way

    After rummaging around my house, i discovered an old (3-4 years) set top box with a VGA output, but no firewire. So, I have connected it up to my second display via the VGA cable (the screen has two inputs, so i can have both my computer and set top box plugged in at the same time) and put audio in my stereo (but I imagine you can also plug audio into the audio input jack on imac's). While I can only watch live tv, this is how I have solved the problem without spending money. :)
     

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