Feeds

Apple TV does work with (some) SD TVs

Myth shattered

High performance access to file storage

Updated Apple's Apple TV set-top box will indeed connect to a standard-definition CRT TV of the entirely old-style non-widescreen, 4:3 ratio variety, it has emerged.

Apple's online forums are full of questions from would-be buyers about this, but the first categorical statement that the Apple TV does work with old TVs comes from software developer Rogue Amoeba, whose rather good Mac OS X sound-grabbing app, Audio Hijack, we've been using for years.

According to RA, the white iPod-for-your-TV box supports not only the 1080i, 720p, 576p and 480p resolutions defined by the HD world, but also 480i and 576i beloved, respectively, of NTSC and PAL tellies. Including 4:3 jobs.

Here's RA's pic to prove it:

Apple TV running at 480i - image courtesy Rogue Amoeba

RA's article on the Apple TV makes plenty of other pertinent points so we'd recommend to give it a read if you're a potential buyer. The full story can be found at RA's website, here

Of course, the TV still needs to have component-video ports, which many older models don't. Register Hardware reader Paul pointed out this little gadget: the snappily titled JST Component to RGB/VGA Converter. Plug your Apple TV into the box's component-video ports then connect your TV to the unit's SCART output. Doddle.

JST component-video to SCART converter box

The only snag: the JST costs £150 - almost as much as the £199 Apple TV. More details can be found here.

Update

Top marks to reader Julian Wright who a spotted this £7 component-to-SCART adaptor:

YUV-SCART adaptor

A possible problem is that it requires a SCART socket "that supports component video. RGB and component are not the same and this adapter will not allow connection of an RGB signal to component", the supplier warns.

The sound you can hear in the background are all those TV owners rooting around for long-lost manuals to see what kind of SCART connectors their tellies have...

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
FOUR DAYS: That's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 fingerscanner
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.