Do you need an HD TV for Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nickhutson, Aug 22, 2009.

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    I would rather like to get Apple TV, but I don't have an HD capable TV - just a CRT TV with normal (some would say old fashioned) scart connectivity.

    Is the only option with Apple TV via an HDMI connection? Pretty limiting if the answer's yes... and not a good incentive to buy!
     
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  3. macrumors 68040

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    As long as the TV has a Component Video Connection (some SDTV's have this), it will work. Know that it will not be in HD though.
     
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    randy98mtu

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    I just hooked one up to my father-in-law's old Mitsubishi set. It has a single HD input in component only, then 2 480p component inputs. He was going to get a component switcher after I left to get HD through the ATV as well.
     
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    leomac08

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    Yeah, i under stand you. and yes you can use a normal SD TV


    I have a LCD HDTV LG 22'', with 720p capabilities, but I just can't afford the HDMI cable, it's like $30- to sometimes i have seen $99!!!!!!!!!!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    so umma save money!
     
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    Anonymous Freak

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    The answer from Apple is "you need a TV capable of 480i component or HDMI input, wide-screen."

    The actual answer is "If you're willing to muck around with funky cables and undocumented options on the AppleTV: YES!"

    http://www.thecheapgeek.org/2009/03/24/161/

    You do need an HDMI-to-VGA adapter to make it work; (or an HDMI-to-DVI-I, plus a DVI-to-VGA,) but you only need it for initial setup; so it can be borrowed (and you don't even plug them in to anything; just the adapters.) First, if you plug an AppleTV in to a composite TV, you will get a 'squished' (meant for wide-screen) black and white picture; but it will work, right out of the box. After you mess with some settings; and plug and unplug the adapters, you'll get proper aspect ratio, and color.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    You can go to monoprice and pick one up for about $5. Hdmi is hdmi.
     
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    leomac08

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    Thanks!! i didn't know that!,:) but the nearest monoprice to me is 60 miles away!

    Are they any cheap ones in Best Buy, or Fry's Electronics? (a specific brand)? any suggestions?
     
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    Monoprice.com would also work...
     
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    I didn't know monoprice had actual retail stores. I meant monoprice.com
     

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