Originally Posted by Vormund
My personal opinion: avoid wide-screen monitors. I had a dual-screen setup, which might've led to my hatred, but it was just annoying. So annoying in fact, that I sold it to buy another standard screen... I also did zero investigating into this, but keep an eye on dimensions/ratios compared to that of movies, I know they vary and black lines are just wasted screen!
Any monitor though, with a tuner card for your PC, will work excellent for your needs.
PS: Don't look for a USB hub in your monitor...
Widescreen is the way to go. You may not like them for some reason, but they do show an overall larger picture and therefore eliminate the need for having two 4:3 aspect monitors, just by getting a larger sized widescreen.
To the op, heres a nice screen that wont break the bank, and no its no a crappy monitor and dont let others tell you otherwise, i have a 19" one myself.
Newegg.com - Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail