Need to stream to an old tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dellavoce, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to stream content from my Mac Mini to the tv in my bedroom. It doesn't need to be super high quality, it just needs to get there. AppleTV won't work because it's a tube tv, not hi def. I need something that will connect with RCA or coax. Any suggestions?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    pick up an older ATV1 and if your tv cannot do component, then you can jailbreak it to allow the green output to act as the video for composite.


    probably can be done cheaper than buying a ATV2.
     
  3. macrumors 68000

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    You don't need to jailbrake to get this to work with an old ATV:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhIexkjfuk
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    youtube is blocked here at work, can I get a cliffnotes because im curious how it works without JB because I want to put one of mine in my car.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    It's basically plugging the yellow cable into the green port on the back of the ATV which gives you a black and white pic, then use a HDMI to DVI cable attached to a DVI to VGA adaptor to force a change to color, then a step or two with remote buttons to give you the proper resolution for a non-HD monitor.

    (Apparantly the adaptor does something to the unit to trick it into giving you a color picture with a press or two of the remote. Once you have color, you just remove that cable/adaptor. $15-20 for both, but a necessary expense for a color picture.)

    All very simple...although I have never tried it.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about Roku? I just came across it and it seems to do what Atv does and is compatible with older tvs. Anyone heard of it? Thoughts?
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    It will not work with iTunes content. If most of your video is from other sources, it should work.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I picked up a roku box last night and set it up. It works great, even over wifi, but I think I'm going to return it. It will play Netflix like a champ, but I was thinking it could access more online content. That with the inability to access my computer video library makes me think AppleTv is the way to go. I found a box online for about 40 bucks that will let me convert HDMI to RCA. We'll see how that works!
     

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