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Level 7

Aspect ratio: Roku Ultra, composite video, and adapter

Have a composite video TV.  Was offered a Roku Ultra.  Got an HDMI to composite video adapter. 

Letterboxing seems to be gone. 

 

Is there some way to get the desired aspect ratio short of buying a new TV or going back to an old generation ROKU?

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Level 17

Re: Aspect ratio: Roku Ultra, composite video, and adapter

I think you're out of luck.  It's been a long time since Roku had any units supporting anything other than wide screen 720, 1080, and now 4K, or even gave you the option of setting their output to 480 resolution.  It's unlikely that a really old TV made before wide screening was available would have provisions for down-converting signals to display on a 480 set with letterboxing.

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Level 7

Re: Aspect ratio: Roku Ultra, composite video, and adapter

The TV can display letterboxing and does on an older Roku.

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Re: Aspect ratio: Roku Ultra, composite video, and adapter

Sure, if the old Roku was one that supported down-converting an HD 16:9 ratio wide screen signal to a SD (480) 4:3 letterboxed signal.  The last Roku capable of outputting a signal in SD resolution was Roku Express + model 3910 released in 2017.  You might possibly find an HDMI to component adaptor that can also down-res and letterbox the signal, but it would probably cost as much as a new low end tv that can display the Ruku Ultra's wide screen HD output directly.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
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  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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