2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 11:33 AM by DMerkling
mtracy023 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi everyone! I just got an Apple TV as a Christmas gift and I was really excited to get home and use it! However, when I got home, I realized you can only hook up an Apple TV via HDMI input. I have an older Sony TV which only has the component inputs and S video input. Is there any kind of cord I could use to go from HDMI to component? I see a few online, but they have horrible reviews. Any suggestions would be great! Thank You.

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  • 1. Re: Is there any cord to hookup the Apple TV to an older TV?
    julesnewtoMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,240 points)



    They will lose quality, but as your TV is not HD that is not too much of an issue, however mosed paid for content has HDCP it means you will have problems with films etc that have it.  I am not recommending from experience but this one claims to support HDCP.  Just an example not a recommendation!


    The TV requirement (from Apple site) is below so check you have the 720p and 50/60 Hz capability too.


    TV Compatibility

    • Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz,2 including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse





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  • 2. Re: Is there any cord to hookup the Apple TV to an older TV?
    DMerkling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, be aware that HDMI is digital and component is analog. Because of this, you can not just buy a passive adapter cable. You must purchase a powered, active HDMI-to-Component converter unit. I have seen 3-4 of them in the market. They are in the $40 range.


    Good luck.