480i Rentals

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by JPT, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. JPT macrumors regular

    May 4, 2006
    Has anyone rented a movie with a 480i 4:3 TV? I am kind of scared to spend money on something when I am not even sure it would show correctly on my TV.

    And please do not get into the whole "480i is not supported and doesn't show correctly". I already know that, and local movies work just fine!
  2. Grunch08 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2008
    I rented Ronin on a 480i 4:3 TV (non-widescreen, just anapomorphic) and it was perfect, just like a dvd.
  3. toddngina macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    You need two things: component or HDMI inputs, and a anamorphic mode for your TV. I have a 36" Sony HDTV, 4:3, and it has a widescreen mode. When it senses an anamorphic input, it automatically compresses the 480 horizontal lines to a smaller portion of the screen, allowing all the detail of the picture through and still keep the aspect ratio. Here's a good test. If you can hook up a DVD player to component inputs, set the DVD PLAYER'S output to "16:9" instead of "4:3", and everything looks good on your screen (not stretched vertically), you should be good to go. IF your DVD player is set to 4:3, then it is actually removing lines of resolution to keep the proper aspect ratio. This is something ATV does not do, hence the requirement for a "widescreen" tv.

    Hope that helps.

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