3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2012 11:24 AM by Winston Churchill
mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)

I have two TV's at home - 1080p and 720p (1080i). Both of them play media from my iTunes library via homesharing. I have ordered the 3rd gen apple TV to play download and play 1080p content on my 1080p TV.

 

My question is: will the 2nd gen Apple TV connected hooked up to my 720p TV will be able to play 1080p content by 'downscaling' it? If not, can I buy a another 3rd gen Apple TV and hook it up to my 720p TV and still be able to view 1080p content downscaled to 720p?


AppleTV 2
  • Damian Smith1 Level 3 (740 points)

    The ATV2 doesn't not have the necessary hardware to display 1080p but what I read on this forum is it can.

  • KeithJenner Level 4 (1,020 points)

    The ATV2 plays 1080p files downloaded from iTunes, but still displays at 720p.

     

    These iTunes files have a relatively low bitrate for 1080p files, so it is possible that it may struggle with files from other sources. I don't actually have any of those to check it.

     

    But, basically, from what I have seen you should be ok mixing ATV2 and ATV3 using the same files. It is what I plan to do eventually.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,839 points)

    mapex_venus wrote:

     

    My question is: will the 2nd gen Apple TV connected hooked up to my 720p TV will be able to play 1080p content by 'downscaling' it?

     

    Yes