Must be widescreen?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Pathfinder55, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    Does your TV have to be a widescreen or can it be anything? Cause on the apple website all it talks about is widescreens.
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2007
    Yep - has to be widescreen. Although I believe streaming music/audio still works - you just won't be able to see any video.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
  4. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    No, but it does require component video input. We are using a 32" 4:3 480i Panasonic CRT TV. The images are a bit squished, but my wife likes it that way because the photos of her make her look skinnier...
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    Dang I really want an apple tv but I dont have a widescreen. :(
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    Most 4:3 component TV's have a 16:9 mode, don't they? Mine does; check your manual. Maybe I'm just lucky.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
  8. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It DOES NOT have to be widescreen. Period. End of question.
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2004
    South Dakota
    Widescreen not necessary

    I have used an Apple TV on a 32 inch Sony TV with the traditional 4:3 screen since the Apple tv came out. Just make sure you've got component inputs on the back and you should be ok. Also, you need to choose the 480i or 480p resolution during setup. The picture does get a little squished sometimes, but it's still very viewable. It's great for the kids to watch their videos and listen to music, etc. If you've got the component hookups, don't let the fact that you don't have widescreen stop you.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    To add to what others have said, but say it a little differently for anyone who may be confused: no, your TV does not have to be widescreen (16:9), but the :apple:TV formats all video output for display on a widescreen TV, so if you connect it to a standard (4:3) TV the image will not be proportioned correctly (compressed horizontally). There is a 'TV Resolution' setting on the :apple:TV, but it only supports widescreen formats (e.g. 720p, 480p, 1080i, 720p/50Hz, 1080i/50Hz, 576p/50Hz); there is no setting for 4:3 displays.

    In addition, the :apple:TV only connects via component input (three connectors, red, green, blue) or HDMI. It does not support composite (one connector, yellow) input to your TV. To my knowledge, component input is standard on widescreen/HD TV's, but is much less common (though not unheard of) on 4:3 TV's.

    If you have a 4:3 TV that doesn't have component inputs you are all but out of luck. You would have to have some device that converts component video to composite (or if your TV's really old, RF), and even then the image would be distorted.

    If you have a 4:3 TV that does support component input you will be able to connect the :apple:TV and you will see an image, but it will be distorted. Some TV's in this category have a '16:9' or 'widescreen' mode, which will correct the image proportions in the TV, probably by letterboxing, but possibly by cropping the sides (full screen mode).
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
  12. macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006

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