It should work as long as you TV's Scart socket will support Component - many of them are wired for Composite only and some are RGB only. A more up to date TV should offer switching between the Scart mode being in RGB or Composite.
I've got the same problem - I've got a fairly modern Plasma unit (only 2 years old) but it only has Scart and VGA inputs. I know it supports 720p and 1080i for that matter through the VGA input as my XBox 360 is plugged in there. I don't know, however, if the Scart supports a Composite mode. It's a Philips 37" unit. In the meantime I've placed my order for the Apple TV, which I can always cancel if I find out my TV doesn't have the Composite input via the Scart.
The specifications of the scart sockets on my TV are:
Full-21 pin(RGB, Normal Video, Audio L-R).
Does the RGB bit support component and the normal
video support composite.
You need to check the spec of the Scart for your TV - certain TV's "I think" can take Component via the Scart - but the majority are Composite and RGB only.
I think I'm stuffed on this - my TV only appears to support RGB via Scart, Composite or VGA. This is a 2 year old 37" plasma from Philips which runs at 720p (and 1080i) via the VGA socket so this is very frustrating. Convertors are apparently available but they are also very expensive - almost the cost of the Apple TV unit itself it would appear.
I also understand (unless anyone can prove different_ that you can't go HDMI to DVI to VGA using two readily available convertors back to back (i.e. HDMA to DVI and DVI to VGA).
I've now cancelled my Apple TV order which I had placed on the evening after the launch.
I'm very disappointed as this was the product I had been waiting on since I bought my TV originally. I think this is a poor oversight on Apple's part as very few European TV's will have Component input, as RGB was the preferred connection prior to establishment of HDMI in the past year or so.
I too am faced with the same issue. I only have an analog TV with Composite Video and S-Video Connectors. I was really looking forward to this since I have quite a bit of video purchased in ITunes that I would love to watch on my TV.
Apple make a DVI to Video Adapter for several Macs including the mac mini. I wonder if this would work with the Apple TV?
PC Windows XP Pro
Yes its all looking rather blurry and 'pro American.'
My TV has HDMI but is used else where the free scart socket has settings to allow it to be RGB, S Video, AV or YBpBr (What ever that is)
I found a component video to scart lead, but its not clear if it will work.
I also checkout out doing HDMI to DVI then DVI to VGA, however all connectors I can find seem to insure you cannot connect the two together.
to be frank this is really frustrating, my TV is only just over a year old, I seem to be being left out because I don't live in America.
Found this info on the scart sockets and it looks like a full 21pin socket will be ok with component RGB as they should be wired as below, with pin 1 bottom right on row of 11 pins.
Pin 1 Audio output (right)
Pin 2 Audio input (right)
Pin 3 Audio output (left)
Pin 4 Audio ground
Pin 5 Blue ground/Chroma input ground
Pin 6 Audio input (left)
Pin 7 Blue/Chroma input
Pin 8 Widescreen function switching
Pin 9 Green ground
Pin 10 D²B input
Pin 11 Green
Pin 12 D²B output
Pin 13 Red ground/Chroma ground
Pin 14 D²B ground
Pin 15 Red/Chroma
Pin 16 Fast switching
Pin 17 Composite video output ground/Sync output ground/
Luminance output ground
Pin 18 Composite video input ground/Sync input ground/
Fast switching ground/Luminance input ground
Pin 19 Composite video output/Sync output/
Pin 20 Composite video input/Sync input/
Pin 21 Common ground