I've recently moved out of my parent's house (Shocking, I know! It's only taken me nearly ten years but what with today's economy... ) into a flat. As most of my stuff was bought for a single room instead of a full living space I'm finding myself caught short.
I've bought loads of living room furniture and pictures and stuff but I'm stuck for a centrepiece. Normally this would be a big TV, something like a 42 inch LCD or plasma. However, I've made a conscious decision not to bother with watching actual broadcast TV anymore. Lost and whatever just doesn't do it for me. I do have a Blu-Ray player and loads of films and disc versions of TV shows that I did like when they were originally shown, in addition to all the usual computery things like a computer, hard disks etc.
I still want the centrepiece to use the player and PC on, however if I buy an actual TV then the BBC will want to collect a licence fee from me, I think it's about £150 a year. They're pretty aggressive about it too, paying undesirables to knock on your door and attempt to conduct a search for any broadcast-receiving equipment (this includes TV cards). Turning them away just usually makes them come back.
What I'd like to be able to do is get a big screen for my player/computer without the TV element (and preferably without speakers too, I have standalone ones that sound great). I don't think buying a TV and then butchering it to remove reception capability is going to work. Things like the Apple Cinema Display are too expensive.
Is it possible to buy a HD TV-without-the-TV or should I instead go for the cyberpunk-style wall covered with multiple monitors to make a larger picture?
An HD projector might be an option, but I'm not impressed by the intense whirring of their cooling fans.