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stevemedes
01-04-07, 01:22 PM
I just picked up a new monitor. The Acer AL2216W from Circuit City for 303 out the door. The box is labeled as "DVI HDCP", native resolution is 1680x1050, 5ms, 700:1. Anyway, my question is, since it is HDCP, doesnt that mean it is HDTV compatible? Like I can watch HDTV or HD or BD movies? What resoultion would the HD be at? 720p? 1080i? 1080p? I know my video card now doesnt support HDCP, but when I get a new one it will.

tacos4me
01-04-07, 02:27 PM
HDCP is just a form of DRM. It prevents the transmission of non-encrypted HD content over DVI and HDMI.

You'd need a HDCP compliant monitor AND video card if you were to, say, buy a HD DVD drive for your computer to watch HD movies on.

stevemedes
01-04-07, 02:51 PM
HDCP is just a form of DRM. It prevents the transmission of non-encrypted HD content over DVI and HDMI.

You'd need a HDCP compliant monitor AND video card if you were to, say, buy a HD DVD drive for your computer to watch HD movies on.

because my monitor isnt 1920x1080, it wont do 1080p correct? Will it at least run 720p? Can i buy a 8800GTS, a HDTV tuner and watch HDTV on this monitor?

|MaguS|
01-04-07, 02:52 PM
The TV Tuner would have to be HDCP compliant aswell I believe.

stevemedes
01-04-07, 02:59 PM
The TV Tuner would have to be HDCP compliant aswell I believe.

but basically i didnt waste my money buying this monitor? i bought it specifically for futureproofing so i can maybe hook a console or HD input into it.

It's pretty nice BTW, very bright and clear, 5ms is pretty nice for a 22 inch panel isnt it?

K-1
01-04-07, 03:38 PM
It's pretty nice BTW, very bright and clear, 5ms is pretty nice for a 22 inch panel isnt it?

I think almost all 22 inch panels are currently made by one company (chi mei i think?), so they all run at 5ms or so. Nonetheless 5ms is great! I have a 20ms LCD :o.