Making AppleTV work with an old TV
October 21, 2012 4:02 PM   Subscribe

I have a Sony flatscreen TV: KLV-26HG2 LCD WEGA Color TV. It is a couple of years old. I would like to use Apple TV with it, but the Sony lacks the HDMI port that I need. Is there some sort of device that I could plug into the Sony that would have the HDMI port on the other end, so that I could then plug that into the Apple TV?
posted by Mr. Justice to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
Does the Sony have component input? If so, you can buy an HDMI/Component converter (amazon link, but there are others).
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 4:06 PM on October 21, 2012

It looks like that TV only supports S-Video as its "best" connector type. Easy enough to get converters that will output to that, but don't expect much for quality.
posted by pla at 4:22 PM on October 21, 2012

FYI, a new 26" LCD TV (with HDMI input) will run you about $150. It may make more economic sense to just replace the set rather than investing in converters.
posted by ellF at 4:39 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Specs say your TV has DVI. You can get DVI-HDMI cable for cheap. The problem is audio, it looks like the ATV only takes digital audio out and your TV does analog only. If you have an AV receiver that takes digital audio, you can probably make it work.
posted by wongcorgi at 6:12 PM on October 21, 2012

Seconding the DVI-HDMI cable suggestion. If you don't have a receiver that can take digital optical, you can use this adapter to get an analog output. Just make sure to turn Dolby Digital output to off in the Apple TV settings.
posted by zsazsa at 9:11 PM on October 21, 2012

Sony KLV-26HG2 specs:
  • Input/Output connections
    • 1 x Headphones (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
    • 1 x S-Video input (4 pin mini-DIN),
    • 1 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3) - Side,
    • 1 x Fixed/variable audio output (RCA phono x 2) - Rear,
    • 1 x RF input - Rear
  • Video interface
    • S-Video,
    • Composite
Where do you guys see DVI?
posted by pla at 7:52 PM on October 22, 2012

The manual says it has a DVI input, as well as HD component (Y/Pb/Pr) inputs.
posted by zsazsa at 9:30 AM on October 23, 2012

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