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    Default Question about Monitor for Vista-Widescreen, HDTV

    I plan on getting Windows Vista shortly after it comes out. One
    concern I have thought is I've read how many monitors won't display
    HDTV. I am in the market for a new monitor so am considering this.
    One monitor I'm looking at is the Samsung 205BW. As well, I am
    considering the Dell E207WFP20. I want something widescreen, at least
    20 inches, so am open to any other suggestions. Another thing, I want
    something that has at least two DVI ports or one DVI port, one DVI-Sub
    port.
    What do I need to watch HDTV? I see the Samsung doesn't have a HDMI
    connector but it does have a HDCP compliant DVI connector so does that
    mean it would display HDTV from Vista? As well, can you get HDTV
    through a DVI-Sub connector as well? Do I need a special graphics
    card (HDCP compliant?) as well?

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    DVI is basically just the video part of HDMI. HDMI also carrys audio. For this reason you can get cables/adapters that are HDMI to DVI. I do not believe any PC monitors have HDMI ports, as there would be little point in sending the high quality audio to the low quality speakers you get on most monitors (if they have speakers at all). The sound card would be used for audio connections when using a PC monitor for HDTV.

    Are you talking about using the monitor to watch actual HDTV broadcasts? Or just for using with Vista in general? Most monitors out now will be able to handle Vista no problem. Monitors are basically all HD anyway, it's just that the official standard for HDTV states something like "must be able to display at a minimum of 720p (720 lines of vertical resolution) in a 16:9 widscreen format with at least one HDCP connection.