6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2010 6:35 PM by TK8383
//dlu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, im thinking about buying the atv2, but I dont have an hdtv, I just want to stream my stuff to my tv lol, it only has composite/rca entries and Im not sure if the atv2 will work with it, i mean i know it wont work out of the box, but im not sure what converters/adapters I can get to guarantee it will work, Im not really in the position to buy another tv right now

Ive read some posts on this, but nothing seems guaranteed, I just wanna buy whatever I need for it to work so i can buy the apple tv2

thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
    Apple TV2 only has HDMI. The older apple tv would work it has composite connections.
  • 2. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    //dlu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Eah, but I don't really see the point in me investing in an older device, I'm just looking for adapters or converters so I could hook up the new one to a non hdmi tv
  • 3. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    twomblym Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Apple support says that an HDMI to Component cable "should" work with ATV2 but is not supported by Apple.

    Then Apple support said, "it may or may not work-"

    SO far, it doesn't work. Ideas?
  • 4. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    gbuell@gmail.com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I looked into this and downconverting a digital signal (HDMI) to an analog signal (composite) requires a very expensive converter box. I'm talking like $200. Not worth it. Find a cheap used HDTV.
  • 5. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    MrDad12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If your TV is digital, you will not need any special boxes but you will need some sort of HDMI to composit/rca converter and if it does not have the audio plugs you will most likely have to use the optical digital audio. If you do not have optical in your home theater/stereo, then I guess you would be out of luck.

    A more expensive option would be to use a Mac Mini. You may be able to get away with an Airport Extreme, but I dont enough about them to be certain.

    Good luck!
    Dad
  • 6. Re: how to connect ATV2 to a non hdtv?
    TK8383 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've tried using the CE Labs HSC11 HDMI-to-Composite Scaler ($149) with the 2nd Gen AppleTV. No luck. The video is output only into grayscale. I spoke with Tech Support at the company that I purchased it from (HDTV Supply) and they agree that this is not a solution to this issue and have offered a full refund.