Apple TV with Standard Television

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by biblicalfury, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. biblicalfury macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2007
    I have a standard definition TV that does not have component video inputs. I do, however, have a DVD Recorder with component inputs that I have connected to my TV through the old composite video inputs. Would hooking the Apple TV up through the DVD recorder allow me to use it on the standard TV? I plan to upgrade the TV eventually, but I'm in no hurry to do so.
  2. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    It may work, though you might see some image cropping and the like.

    I had a Sony TV that was " HD Compatible ".

    It had Component and DVI inputs.

    Even so, with Apple TV I noticed some cropping.

    That having been said ......

    Now I have a 42" , 1080P, widescreen LCD TV.

    Guess what????

    The image on the old Sony from Apple TV looked clearer and better then it does on the new set. :rolleyes:

    Of course for the purpose of discussion - I am talking about watching TV episodes downloaded from Apple ITunes store.
  3. realitydream macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2008

    have you made sure that you've reset the resolution of the Apple TV to the higher resolution?
  4. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    As long as there's a way to pass the video through the DVD recorder, so that the signal into the recorder's component input comes out its composite output, this should work. Although the :apple:TV does not have to be used with HDTVs (as is popularly believed), it is intended to be used only with widescreen TVs (see the 'TV Compatibility' section of the :apple:TV spec page), and formats all of its video out accordingly. This means that video you see on your SDTV will be compressed horizontally (or elongated vertically, if you prefer), and even SD content from the :apple:TV will be affected, because the :apple:TV pillarboxes it. In my opinion it would be marginally useable, and may be an acceptable stop-gap until you do upgrade your TV.
  5. TuckBodi macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2007
  6. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    Yes, you're right. I forgot about the 'full color out of component connection' trick, which doesn't even require any software hacks if I recall. Also, I think that if you do hack the :apple:TV you can change the aspect ratio to 4:3, but I can't offer any advice about how to do that. I was thinking in terms of 'straight out of the box, no hacks'. Sorry for any confusion.

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