Turn monitor into Freeview TV

Here's how to take a PC monitor and make it into a Freeview TV.

QUESTION I've just bought a new PC monitor that has sound and HDMI ports. Is there a way to turn this into a Freeview TV as well? I don't want to turn on the PC whenever I watch the TV. I want to watch either the TV or the computer, but not use the PC for watching TV.

HELPROOM ANSWER This is very easy if you have a spare HDMI port. Just buy a Freeview set-top box and plug it into the empty HDMI connector. All you have to do now is make sure the sound is turned on and set at an appropriate level on the monitor. The set-top box will come with its own remote control, but won't be able to control the volume setting on the monitor itself. All you need to do then is switch between the two inputs on your monitor to go from PC to TV and back.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the settings you've chosen for your monitor may not look good for both your PC and your TV viewing. If your monitor has different modes such as 'Text', 'Movie' and 'Photo', you may want to experiment with which one looks best for each type of use.

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