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Best External TV Tuner for Monitor 2017

Updated on February 21, 2017
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A former teacher of digital media studies in the UK, Paul now lives and works as a freelance writer in Florida, USA.

The Kworld enables you to watch HD (ATSC/QAM) TV by using the box's HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports.  A versatile machine with many features, it also offers exceptional value for money.  Many viewers ditch their cable subscription after buying one of these.
The Kworld enables you to watch HD (ATSC/QAM) TV by using the box's HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports. A versatile machine with many features, it also offers exceptional value for money. Many viewers ditch their cable subscription after buying one of these.

With high quality LCD monitors now selling for less than their HDTV equivalents, it is tempting to buy a computer monitor instead of a TV.

Alternatively, some people want to make use of an existing computer monitor by using it as a TV.

With a monitor you will almost certainly not get a built-in tuner, however. To pick up a TV signal from across the airwaves, you will therefore need to purchase an external tuner in order to use your monitor as a TV.

Note that some boxes operate as standalone devices and can be used without a computer. Others need to work in conjunction with a PC and can then be broadcast across a network.

Your monitor may not have any audio, or built-in speakers either. An external box can help with this by giving you the appropriate audio outputs, which can make things simpler for setting up your sound.

There are different types of TV signal. I would recommend that you familiarize yourself with the differences between NTSC, ATSC and QAM?, if you are unsure.

I hope that you enjoy reading through my top 3 list for the best external TV tuner for monitor 2017 and find it useful.

Turn Your Monitor into an HDTV!

The Kworld is my recommendation for the best all round tuner available at an affordable price.  The device's firmware updates automatically without the need for manual updating.  Many viewers find that they can ditch their cable when they buy Kworld.
The Kworld is my recommendation for the best all round tuner available at an affordable price. The device's firmware updates automatically without the need for manual updating. Many viewers find that they can ditch their cable when they buy Kworld.

#1 Best External TV Tuner for Monitor: Reliable and Versatile!

No PC is required by this external box by Kworld. It allows you to watch all your local over the airwaves channels (ATSC) and free cable (QAM) in 720p and 1080i HD quality. The unit has HDMI, DVI, and VGA output ports.

Another nice touch is that there is a USB input, allowing you to plug in your memory stick, or another storage device, and access music and photographs via your tuner box.

The Kworld will also update its firmware over the internet, meaning that it stays up to date without the stress of manually updating it.

The KWorld External ATSC/QAM TV Box HDMI Edition also features a parental control function that allows you to block inappropriate materials from being viewed by your children.

Although pricier than some of its rivals, this product is an excellent investment, in my opinion, and more than worth the asking price.

Many viewers ditch their cable when buying one of these boxes and make their money back within a matter of months. The Kworld is very reliable in my experience and will prove itself over time.

The only thing that I would perhaps improve would be the manual and instructions, which could be made a little simpler. The remote and controls are very easy to use, however.

KWorld SA290-Q TVBox

Many viewers ditch their cable TV subscription after buying a viewing box and make their money back in a matter of months.  The sheer versatility, long term affordability and abundant convenience is preferable to many people.
Many viewers ditch their cable TV subscription after buying a viewing box and make their money back in a matter of months. The sheer versatility, long term affordability and abundant convenience is preferable to many people. | Source
The PrimeDTV PHD-208 offers full HD 1080p video scaling and enhancement, as well as exceptional RF tuner reception.  The picture quality is exceptional and there is a USB input for listening to MP3 music and viewing JPEG images.
The PrimeDTV PHD-208 offers full HD 1080p video scaling and enhancement, as well as exceptional RF tuner reception. The picture quality is exceptional and there is a USB input for listening to MP3 music and viewing JPEG images.

Exceptional Versatility and Functionality!

Another box that offers exceptional versatility and functionality, PrimeDTV PHD-208 is a full HD 1080p receiver with video Scaling and enhancement.

HDMI and digital optical audio outputs offer versatility. Enhanced RF tuner reception means that you can pick up more OTA (ATSC) and QAM/NTSC channels in many areas. There is also a USB port for playing MP3 music and viewing JPEG images.

This box is easy to use and should you run into problems, the customer service back up is excellent. My only small complaint would be that there is room for improvement as far as the remote goes. The exceptional picture quality more than makes up for this, however, in the overall balance.

Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes the best part of a vacation.

— Laura Marano
Rear view of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun DUAL 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player, HDHR4-2US.  This box allows you to watch live TV on any computer in your network.
Rear view of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun DUAL 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player, HDHR4-2US. This box allows you to watch live TV on any computer in your network.

Another Excellent Top-Rated Digital TV Tuner! - Watch, Pause, Rewind, and Record in HD!

This SiliconDust product allows you to schedule, as well as record all your favorite TV shows in full 1080i broadcast resolution.

The tuner allows you to watch live TV on DLNA-compatible devices, including smart TVs, game consoles, and media players. Live TV can be watched, paused, rewound, and recorded using the SiliconDust.

Other features include an integrated TV guide, the ability to access two channels at once, as well as well as possessing the technology to enable you to watch TV from any computer on your network.

© 2014 Paul Goodman

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