I have LG W2261 screen (without tv-tuner). This has HDMI input. I was wondering if I can buy set-top-box and watch TV on it and have hdtv. I have tv cable signal with dvb-t connector. I would like to buy set-top-box (digital receiver) which would convert dvb-t to hdmi signal and connect this to my monitor.

Is it possible? Thx.


It works perfectly. I've just bought cheap (80 euros) tv-setup-box with HDMI output, full HD, USB etc. I didn't had any problems doing that.

  • You should probably mention what country you're in, as different countries use different standards for broadcast and cable TV. – Paul R Feb 14 '10 at 10:03
  • This is for Denmark TDC Cable. I would probably buy things in Germany. In .dk shop they told me that it is not possible to do that due to fact that "some" frequencies are different. – user20196 Feb 14 '10 at 14:35
  • If you've found an answer, then you should write it in an answer box instead and then accept it. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 14 '10 at 7:09

There are a few cheap settop boxes that will upscale to 1080i/p, but most come integrated with DVRs or DVD players so you'll be paying more for the extra features.

You don't say where in Europe you are, but most boxes are interchangeable between countries as long as the markets use overlapping frequency ranges. The SAMSUNG DTB-B460F (link is to a French site that sells it) is a good example at EUR 125. I've never seen it in action but I've heard it works pretty well.

One thing to be aware of is that you won't be getting the full HD signal from a DVB-T source. You will be getting an upscaled standard definition picture.

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How about the Acer Aspire Revo...

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and a USB DVB-T dongle?

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costs: around $230

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  • can i just buy set-top-box (digital receiver) without whole computer? I have dvb-t signal and I would need to convert it somehow to hdmi first. – user20196 Feb 12 '10 at 18:58
  • @user20196 - despite being a "whole computer" this thing is much smaller than your average set-top box and it can also serve as a fully fledged HTPC thanks to its nVidia Ion graphics, 1080p is no problem. – Molly7244 Feb 12 '10 at 19:17
  • Hi, thx for the answere. I life in Europe and this thing unfortunatelly costs around 300 Euros and set-top-box with hdmi around 50. The difference is too big for me. – user20196 Feb 12 '10 at 19:31
  • I am looking for cheaper barebones and it looks promising. Thx for the solution. – user20196 Feb 12 '10 at 19:37
  • @user20196 - mind you, there are two models, look for the one with the N230 CPU, should be cheaper than 300 euro. the N330 dual core Atom Revo is dearer. – Molly7244 Feb 12 '10 at 19:53

This exactly answers the question. Strange because in a shop they told me that it is not possible because of difference in frequencies.

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