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booboocat
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how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

I have an old analogue tv that DOES NOT have and HDMI port.  It ONLY accepts the old red white yellow cables. My old roku 1 does not function well anymore. Today I received an email from ROKU stating this device (my old roku 1) will no longer be updated.  It would have been helpful if roku as a company sending this email suggested a potential replacemnt for the roku 1 but they did not.  Only sent a warning and suggestion to update. SO update to what?  I do not see a device that works with the old red white yellow cables.  I see the question asked re what works with an analogue tv  but the answers make no sense to me since a model is suggested that requires HDMI connection.  can someone clarify for and old person with an old tv please.  thank you

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Strega
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Re: how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

There is no such current model.  There are HDMI to composite converters that you can add.  I think most would recommend swapping out the TV at this point though.

AvsGunnar
Community Streaming Expert

Re: how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

@booboocat 

Here is a link to Amazon with the HDMI to analog converters mentioned by @Strega. (https://www.amazon.com/hdmi-analog-converter/s?k=hdmi+to+analog+converter)

Although the current Roku Express (model 3930/3931) is pretty similar to the one you own currently (minus the analog cables), probably worthwhile to get the Roku Express 4k/4k+ (model 3940/3941) which will gives you a better remote, dual band capability, and more options should you acquire a new TV in the future.  Currently on sale for the same price as the standard Roku Express.

Here is link for Roku products for device comparison. (https://www.roku.com/products/players).

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If you are going to continue with your current TV, you will need the analog converter ($15), and the new Roku device ($30).

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UserOfStreamers
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Re: how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

@booboocat 

It may not receive new RokuOS/firmware updates, but it'll work the same as it currently does, apart from the apps potentially.

The key thing is the app updates - some app providers require the latest/newest or "a recent" RokuOS/firmware version/build for their app to update/work correctly, and this is what you MAY run into in the next 6-12 months and beyond (when new RokuOS versions are released).

If some future app update requires RokuOS 11.1 or higher, and your Roku 1 doesn't have it (and wont get it), then you will no longer be able to use that app (most service providers dont use/allow/permit/support multiple app versions for different models, though some do, like NetFlix and YouTube).

At some point, you may just have/want to get a newer model and use an HDMI > Composite converter with that TV, or just get both a new TV and new Roku model (both with HDMI), if you want to keep using the same apps, as @Strega suggested.

SJU
Newbie

Re: how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

I have the same issue. I have the Roku 1 and an SD TV. The TV is from 2004 and we love it but just got an email that Hulu won't support the Roku 1 any longer. I wonder if I get the converter and a new Roku whether or not Hulu and other apps would work?

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renojim
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Re: how to connect to an Analogue tv in 2022

@SJU, they should, but those adapters are kind of hit and miss.  Keep in mind that the 4:3 aspect ratio of old SDTVs isn't supported on any current Roku device, so you may get some kind of distortion whether it's squishing the picture to fit or adding a black bar on the top and bottom.

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