I'm assuming you mean CCTV if you're listing those two brands.
If you got money to burn and want good support and a good UI, I'd say Axis. If you're on a budget and don't mind getting your hands dirty, Hikvision. Speco is somewhere between the two. I've worked directly with their engineers to fix a firmware bug and they're pretty nice.
I don't know of any security specific forums, but alt.security.alarms on Usenet is where a lot of security guys still hang out today and chew the fat.
Hey Gig, yes I was wanting to have cameras pipe video to a TV that is on 24/7
We had some hoodlums break into our car couple days ago. Sucks but the bigger problem is that they hit us around 4:30a. My wife usually leaves for work at this time so imagine what could have happened if she encountered these guys breaking into her car as she is leaving the house with no one around to help. I wouldn't have heard it.
I would like to be able for her to look at the TV we'll dedicate solely to cameras that she can check before she leaves the house.
Thanks for the recommendations, very much appreciated!
All three vendors have systems that can do what you want. A video feed on a TV and you can also get it on their phone app so you can see your cameras while away from home. The phone app can be a bit of a pig to get working for any of the manufacturers, but it generally works fine once you get it configured. You'll just need to make sure your internet connection is up to the task, as well as your mobile phone plan. The video feeds eat up a ton of bandwidth, and if you have data caps, you'll quickly blow through them and keep going. Best to connect your phone to wifi beforehand before opening the video feed if you don't have unlimited bandwidth.