Apple TV on SDTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by scott182, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    May 23, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I have a standard def 4:3 TV that has a 16:9 mode. If it can display progressive scan from a DVD Player, is there any reason why it wouldn't work via component inputs from the Apple TV? Apple claims it supports 480p on enhanced definition TVs.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    You have basicly the minium required. =)
  3. macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Will AppleTV connect to a 480i SD TV ? I am in the process of moving, and I won't get access to my HD TV for at least another 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to play around with the AppleTV at the corp apartment.

    Damn, I was so looking forward to tomorrow.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2005
    South Bend, IN
    I don't think so, but I really want to know as well. Please let us know once you get yours hooked up. :)
  5. macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    Just look on the back of your TV, look at this:

    And compare and contrast hookups. :)
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    My TV has compsosite cables, but no 480p, also can have 16:9(cuts off some of the screen but I'd live)

    So you think I can use it? Tomorrow Im going to see if my DVD player has PScan, and if it works on my TV
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    No, progressive scan on an SDTV is only available through component cable (red green blue). That's the minimum requirement for :apple: tv. Composite video/S-Video can only do 480i and :apple: tv doesn't seem to look like it has any Composite video/S-Video outputs.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    Gizmodo has a video of setting up the AppleTV. The second menu you get to is setting the TV resolution.
    In the video I saw:
    720p HD 50Hz
    1080i HD 50Hz
    576p 50Hz
    576i 50Hz

    So it looks like the Apple TV can output to SDTVs, but the problem is how you would hook it up.

    Link to the video:
  9. macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I just looked at the back of the TV here and I see component connections. It will be interesting to see if it works.

    I will post an update tomorrow when I try it out. I won't be able to test it until after work.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2007
    Apple TV on SDTV using composite

    I've hooked up my standard TV using composite in (from the green luma output). OK, you only get black and white when you do this, but at least for those of us waiting a few days to get an HDTV, we can play with our new toy.

    Here are pics:

    Have fun!
  11. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    If you have component inputs, can do 480p and have a 16:9 mode (to letterbox anamorphic content) then yes it will work.

    Mine has the component inputs and can display 480p. However I don't have the 16:9 mode and neither does the :apple:TV, so until Apple releases a firmware update I'm vertically compressing my DVDs so that they look when the :apple:TV displays them. If it's 720x304, I compress to 720x224, etc. I still get a anamorphic menus, photos and all but at least the movies are ok. :D

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