AppleTV on old skool tv?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by miTunes75, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. miTunes75 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2006
    I have a Sony I bought about 3 years ago. Not HD, not widescreen. I do have a function in the menu in which I can make it go widescreen (black bars do appear).

    I don't know if it'll work or not. Componant jacks are in the back.

    Anyone tried it before on a non-widescreen, non-HD tv?

    Successes or failures?
  2. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    im wondering the same thing, same situation as you...
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    The general consensus has been, if you have component (or HDMI) inputs, you can use the Apple TV.
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    Yes, it will definitely work, if you have the component inputs, and your tv automatically puts those black bars at the top or bottom when viewing widescreen content. When you switch on the :apple: tv, just select 480i as you resolution.

    There's a website that has a list of all SD TV's that work with the :apple: tv, just can't remember it right now.
  5. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
  6. Alfie macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2004
    South Dakota
    I have my Apple TV hooked up to a standard resolution Sony TV with component inputs. Many of my videos have black bars running down the side due to my lack of widescreen, but to me the picture is not all that bad. It will work for me just fine until I can afford to by a widescreen tv some day.
  7. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    No it won't, it will look correct. The OP mentioned that the display that would be used has a 16:9 compression mode, which will shrink the vertical scan, giving a widescreen display mode.
  8. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    "Old skool"? They're certainly more common than HDTVs.

    Either way there's no SCART or Composite output. Which are pretty much standard on non-HD TVs, pity nobody told Apple that!
  9. emozolik macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Same question

    Hi all,
    I'm in the same boat. Interested in Apple TV, but not sure if my TV is compatible or not. I have heard both yes AND no. My TV is the Sony KV-27FS120 which is capable of 480i (i believe). Yes, the TV does have component video imputs (red, blue, green). Will this TV work with Apple TV or no?
  10. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    It will work.

    I have a 4:3 projector with component. I know of people with a CRT - same thing.

    Widescreen content will be "anamorphic" and look squished. Putting your unit into 16:9 mode will squish the picture back to normal and put black bars on top and bottom of your screen.

    I use 4:3 for 4:3 content and "squish" to 16:9 for widescreen content on DVDs and XB360...

    On widscreens you have 4:3 mode with 16:9 content looks "squished" and you "stretch" to fill the blank on the left and right sides....

    All in laymen's terms...

    Just make sure you have your set top unit (DVD player, game console, :apple:TV set to "widescreen 480i/p or 720p or 1080i/p"
  11. janstett macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2006
    Chester, NJ
    For those of you moaning about the lack of composite output, there is a little trick I remembered about component signals that I just confirmed works on Apple TV.

    Take the "Y" component cable (green) and connect it to the composite input on your TV, assuming your Apple TV is set for 480i output. You will get a black and white image, but an image nonetheless. I'm considering using this on a 7" LCD in my bedroom.

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