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Just want to watch FiOS on my computer...

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I have been reading a few threads on FiOS and how to use it with a HTPC, but they all seem like the users want WAAAAY more from their setups than I do, and therefore the answers seem to be way more complex and confusing than what I really need (or at least that's what I'm hoping).

I don't really care about recording (though if prices are similar, I'll go with whatever option allows me to do so); I just want to be able to watch my Verizon FiOS TV channels on my computer, or even just on my monitor.

I already have a STB in that room of the house, it is NOT a DVR but it does have the VOD capability. Is there a way for me to just hook up the STB to my computer and still be able to watch the VOD stuff?

Basically I just don't want to have a TV in my room anymore and would like to get away with using my Computer monitor. I'm not even that worried about quality, as I currently have an OLD TV from 1993 in my room - surely anything will be just as good as that? Can anyone help me?
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If your monitor has 2 inputs you could just switch when you want to watch the box.
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I agree with Servetech571. The simplest thing to do is just use your computer monitor as a TV. If your current monitor does not have a connection your FIOS box can use, it might even be worth to just purchase one that does. I currently use a 24" monitor that has both HDMI and component connections. I use the HDMI connected to my computer and the component is used by my cable box.

If you don't want to do that then you will have buy a capture card that has an analog input (s-video would be best).
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What about the sound? Most monitors don't have speakers.

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My monitor has speakers but I don't use them (they are not very good). I use my Z-5500 computer speakers. They have optical and coaxial inputs along with standard analog. I am using analog for the computer and optical for the cable box.
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