Seems like a great deal, you are right. If you really want HD, then you aren't going to get it on most notebooks. There are LCD monitors at the $300 price point that are true 1080p HD with HDMI and Component and DVI-D ins...so you can plug in anything you can throw at it. If you are interested, look into LCD displays by a company called Spectre. Great. If your distro recognizes the hardware, then its just a matter of configuring MythTV to work.