AppleTV 4 to SD TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jekyl, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. jekyl macrumors 6502

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    I haven't seen this answered anywhere. I have an old Sony rear projection TV in my family room and since it's SD analog it's only use since "the transition" has been playing dvds. My thought is what if I buy a second AppleTV 4 and connect that through an HDMI --> Composite Video/Audio box to this old TV? Would the effect be as good as the DVD player, but making my ripped DVD collections and YouTube available? Is anyone doing this who could ease my fears?
     
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Should be fine, you can always return it if it wasn't what you were expecting.
     
  3. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    If your Sony has component video hookups (RBG), I would recommend an HDMI -> component video (RBG). That way you should get slightly better resolution.
     
  4. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No such luck. This is a 20 yo tv.
     
  5. adamneer macrumors 6502

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    For the $150 that an aTV would cost you, why not just spend a bit more to replace your TV? I'd imagine for around $200, you could find plenty of decent LCD TVs that would give you a far better viewing experience than trying to come up with ways to utilize an inferior screen. Personally I can't stand watching anything in standard definition, as spoiled as that may sound.
     
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  7. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The primary use for me would be to access my networked drives that contain my ripped DVD library.
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    Eventually I do want to do exactly that. But I think it might be a few years before a new flatscreen tv becomes "a bit more than" $150 at the size I want, which would be 60-70". And then I would still need the Apple TV.
     
  8. d21mike, Jan 7, 2017
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    Here is a refurbished VIZIO 55" for $389. I would serious consider a new tv. HD vs. SD is so much better.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Refurbis...l-HD-Smart-LED-TV-1080p-120Hz-E55-D0/55192013
     
  9. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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  11. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like you already have an Apple TV. Maybe look for a cheap adapter and then test before buy. If your tv has a VGA (computer) port then HDMI to VGA is really cheap.

    Also, consider the DIRECTV Now deal where you get a FREE Apple TV 32GB for prepay 3 months which is $105. This deal ends on 1/9/17.
     
  12. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Get a 1080p flat screen at like 50" and a $35 Chromecast.
     
  13. imaccooper macrumors regular

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    With all due respect, you have already made up your mind what you want to do. There are several good suggestions here but you are the one who is making the choice so just go ahead and do what you were intending. It should work pretty much how your expecting as long as you get a decent conversion cable or small box.
     
  14. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    I got a 70 inch 4k TVs for $900 over the holidays. It has Chromecast built in.
     
  15. jljue macrumors regular

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    I had to replace my 9.5 year old Vizio Plasma right before Christmas, and I ended up getting a TCL Roku 55" 4K TV at Walmart for $428 minus wife's employee discount plus tax because it was less than the 1080p version of the same TV at the time. I still use my AppleTV 4 with it, since DirecTV Now for Roku isn't released yet. However, I still like the ATV4 for streaming my iTunes music and video library and Airplay. There are times when you just have to let go of old technology and just jump into a good deal.
     
  16. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wish that these were those times, unfortunately they are not. A sudden health catastrophe forced me into a retirement that I was unprepared for, and my wife's health care even with insurance is really burdensome. But I can't spend money as I'd like until I finish paying off our house. Even then my tech is all getting dated, and our car is over 16 years old. So many things, so little money.
     

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