I may be considering to get the iMac.

I don't own a TV, but I would love to be able to use it as such. I understand it has a DisplayPort input for these types of purposes.

What would I need to get to get my Wii and analogue TV (PAL) hooked up to this?

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The best way to get TV hooked up to a Mac is through a TV Tuner. The best TV Tuners for Mac are by far the EyeTV tuners. The TV tuner could also be used to hook up to your Wii, however that is a bit impractical. Instead consider buying an adapter from RCA to Mini-Display Port to use your iMac as a Monitor for the Wii.

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    Why do you think TV tuners are impractical? They're very simple to use, and most have at least a couple different input options, plus recording software. Additionally, there are no mini-DP adapters for TV-centric inputs that I'm aware of. You can find them for DVI, but that's about it. Adapting from mini-DP to a TV input is possible, but not the other way around. Not only is a TV tuner practical, it's the only reasonable option for what Evert wants to do.
    – Ben Wyatt
    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:21
  • Ahhh. I'm sorry. I typed my answer wrong. I meant I thought it was impractical to simply hook to the Wii. However, that is not entirely true as you pointed out.
    – jhleath
    Dec 4, 2010 at 17:13
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    I don't think TV tuners are suitable for gameplay. They usually introduce a slight delay in outputting the signal, on the order of a second. This isn't a problem when watching TV, but for playing games it would make it unusable.
    – KeithB
    Dec 5, 2010 at 14:54
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    Digital devices, like Xboxes, Playstations, etc., that have HDMI outputs, you could (in theory) run through the Mini-DP. I haven’t tested that, so I can’t say for sure, and I’m not sure how it would work, if the picture would be letterboxed, or if the display would scale the picture internally. You just need a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable: monoprice.com/products/…
    – peelman
    Dec 7, 2010 at 13:55

I don't believe that is an input, but only an output, for a second monitor.

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    You are correct regarding the new ones. The previous 27" models, the ones without Thunderbolt, could utilize their Mini-DP as an input. May 20, 2011 at 11:15

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