Can you use imac 27inch as a tv

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zombierunner, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. zombierunner macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2011
    what i mean here is can you connect your sky hd box or whatever cable tv provider box you have to your imac using hdmi like you would to your tv (via a convertor ofcourse for imac) ?

    i know you can connect xbox 360, ps3 etc to imac using kanex .. but would it work with a sky hd box ... would it show anything on the screen or will it now accept the feed from the skyhd box
  2. zombierunner thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2011
    no thats not what i mean .. im not talking about free to view channels .. im saying instead of having a regular HDTV hooked up to my digital tv box ... can i use the imac screen for that .. you get me? eliminate the need for 2 screens.
  3. GGJstudios, Apr 25, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Read the site again. It does just that.
  4. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Read his post again. He already has a cable box, he only wants the iMac to function as a monitor not a tuner.

    So yes, all you need is an HDMI-mDP adapter the same as the xBox/PS3/etc.
  5. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
  6. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    eye tv for me. Hooked up to my Free to air network to watch tv on. CBF getting cable
  7. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Can you not read either? He already has TV capabilities, he only needs an HDMI to MiniDisplayport converter.
  8. 1=1? macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2010
    Thank you for being useful. So I can expect to get the same performance as a TV if I want to hook a Video game console up to the imac? Is this the case with all monitors?
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Umm... First the thread is 5 years old. If you are talking about the current iMa 27" with retina display it doesn't accept video in like a tv or monitor.

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