Can I Watch TV on a Gaming Monitor?
If the above has been the question on your mind, it means you don’t know much about computers, and it’s okay. You have nothing to worry about for there are many like you out there, and this article will help shed some light on the matter.
Can you watch TV on a gaming monitor? The answer is a definite yes.
It is a good idea for most people because, the picture quality is likely to be great due to the high resolution and refresh rate of the display. You can check out our selection of the best gaming monitors for console gamers here.
It is common for most people to use their HD TVs as monitors because the process is as simple as connecting the TV to a system unit or laptop. In addition, more often than not, all you need is a cable (e.g., HDMI) that is compatible with both the TV and either the system unit or laptop and you are good to go.
However, using a monitor as a TV is not as straight forward for most people. The reason is that you need more equipment than a single HDMI cable for the modification.
Moreover, most people may not be readily equipped with the extra gadgets that will facilitate the transition.
To add TV capabilities to your gaming monitor, you may need to invest in the following:
- TV Tuner or Cable Box
- DVI/VGA to HDMI converter
- Google Chromecast
- Audio Extractor
- Amplifier Antennae
Where to Begin?
To determine whether you can use your particular monitor for watching TV, you need to inspect the display first to take note of its features.
Different monitors come with different ports and slots. These aspects of the display unit will determine how well it can do as a TV. You’ll want to take note of the display ports it has such as HDMI, DVI, VGA, SVGA or other. If there is HDMI in there, the chances are that you won’t have trouble with the TV capability modification.
Furthermore, you should not have any resolution problems because we are referring to a gaming monitor here, which often support insanely high resolutions and refresh rates. However, just in case you have some funny version of a gaming monitor, your monitor should support at least 720p to work with the modern day HD capable TV Tuner or Cable boxes.
What if my monitor doesn’t have HDMI ports?
It’s very unlikely for a gaming monitor, but just in case, you have something from another planet, that’s where the DVI/ VGA to HDMI converter comes in. If you have a different port than DVI or VGA, then get an adapter for that particular port.
Monitor to TV
The thing that will facilitate the TV addition, transition, or modification is the TV Tuner or Cable Box. These devices will give your monitor the capacity to tune in TV signals and let you enjoy your favorite TV programs.
Chromecast is another addition to this mix. With Chromecast or FireTV, you can stream Netflix or Hulu on your crisp, clear gaming monitor.
Please Don’t Stop the Music
Audio is something you can easily miss when adding TV capabilities to a monitor because most monitors don’t have inbuilt audio.
Luckily, your TV Tuner or Cable box may come with an audio port that will allow you to connect external speakers and enjoy your TV programs as usual. Otherwise, you’ll need to invest in an audio extractor, particularly if you’ll be using HDMI.
Using monitors for watching TV is an old practice in the PC world, for TV Tuner boxes (or TV Tuner cards) have been around for decades now. This is just one of those cases where what you don’t know won’t be of benefit to you, but now you know!