AppleTV-Is there a way to convert HDMI/Component to RCA/S-Video?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by markw10, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I am purchasing Apple's AppleTV this week and I have a HDTV which will work fine with the HDMI or the Component Video outs but I just wish they had a RCA Video out or S-Video out for a standard TV that I wish to hook another AppleTV to.
    My question, is there some type of converter that can convert either HDMI video or Component Video into S-Video or RCA Video?
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    I don't know if this works, I could try it but my PS3 isnt in my dorm room. HDMI-DVI-RCA, or HDMI-DVI-VGA-RCA
     
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    zap2

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    Well Apple's site say it needs 480p(atleast) so even if you got a converter it likely it won't (unless Apple isn't giving us the whole story.)
     
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    mojohanna

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    You also have to have a wide screen TV....

    What you need.
    Widescreen TV
    Mac or PC
    iTunes 7
    Wired or wireless network
    HDMI cable or
    Component video cables and analog audio cables or optical audio cable

    RCA is analog and proably cannont handle any of the signals that :apple: tv puts out.

    I think you are out of luck connecting to a normal (ie non digital TV).
     
  5. macrumors 603

    Multimedia

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    Call StarTech Monday 800.265.1844

    Component is analog HD. Call Startech Monday 800.265.1844 and ask them. I can't find anything on their site. Everything appears to be gong the other way.
     
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    Krevnik

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    The main problem is that the signals are too different between Component and Composite or S-Video for a simple converter cable. So at the very least you would be looking at a 300-400$ converter, if one exists. The market seems to be pushing out more in the way of Composite/S-Video -> Component/DVI/HDMI converters and scalers.

    Even then, you would have letterboxing on an older style TV, if the Apple TV cannot be put into a 4:3 mode. What this means is that any fullscreen video you have will be shown in a small box on the screen, and not fill it.

    I really would only recommend getting an Apple TV if you actually have an EDTV or HDTV.
     

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