I agree but some videocards have HDMI outputs which will connect directly to an HDTV or an HD monitor with HDMI imputs. other monitor inputs are dependent on your videocard. FordSVT a computer has a BD-ROM drive. It happens to be able to also play BD-Video. With the ability to add firmware updates to a standalone BR player I'd suggest saving up for one that has BD-Live Profile 2.0 as you can get a lot more content via the Internet and have less issues with new discs that have newer DRM software. If you are purchasing a new computer monitor consider getting one with HDMI inputs.