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Tavstvissues
Level 7

Ultra with older tv

I was using a Roku3 with my older tv connected through an hdmi to rca converter. It stopped working out of the blue one day, so I just bought an Ultra. It doesn't seem to work with the converter. Will the Ultra work at all this way? In other words, will a new converter or different kind of converter work? If so, which kind?

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jeffrok
Level 12

Re: Ultra with older tv

Get a new TV. What you have is like trying how to figure out how hook an answering machine up to an iPhone. You're asking how to get a 4K streamer to work with a TV that only has RCA jacks? I'm not being rude, but you need to bring your TV at least a little up to par with the stuff you're plugging into it.
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Tavstvissues
Level 7

Re: Ultra with older tv

Well, I saw that one coming, lol. I was trying to connect to a particular older tv in my house, a bedroom tv I haven't upgraded yet. I thought the ultra streamed regular hd also, which is why I thought my old set up might still work for now.
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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Ultra with older tv

The last Roku that supported analog connections was the Express+. But that was last year's model, so finding one might prove difficult. Can't say why your HDMI/Analog converter won't work, but my guess is that it's also too old to support the 4K player. I just doesn't know how to handle 4K, and for whatever reason the Roku doesn't recognize that the adapter can't handle it and switch to a lower resolution. 
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I think it's more cost effective to replace your TV, rather than continuing to fiddle with converters. Depending on the TV size, it might not cost that much more than a quality HDMI converter, and then you'll have something that is capable of accepting anything with an HDMI connection. I bought a 43" 4K Roku TV for about $300 a year ago, and smaller sets are far less than that. Since you already have the Ultra, you don't need a Smart TV, reducing the cost more. 
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Tavstvissues
Level 7

Re: Ultra with older tv

Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes I like knowing why something doesn't work, and you're right, the converter is a little old. So, a new tv it is. Thanks again.
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DBDukes
Level 10

Re: Ultra with older tv

"Tavstvissues" wrote:
Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes I like knowing why something doesn't work, and you're right, the converter is a little old. So, a new tv it is. Thanks again.

Or, get an Express+ from Walmart. It’s $35. Not the Express, the Express+
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makaiguy
Level 11

Re: Ultra with older tv

"Tavstvissues" wrote:
Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes I like knowing why something doesn't work, and you're right, the converter is a little old. So, a new tv it is. Thanks again.

The fact that a new Roku through the same converter doesn't work either makes me suspect the converter itself died, not the Roku.
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Sanjestar123
Level 7

Re: Ultra with older tv

i am having the same issue.... my new roku players will not work with old tv's.... i bought the converters, but the old tv's are just so big, hard to move them out... glad i am not the only one with this issue!! Roku support?? well, there is noneSmiley Happy

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Sanjestar123
Level 7

Re: Ultra with older tv

i tried several converters, that is not the issue...

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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Ultra with older tv

Roku doesn't provide support for non-standard configurations, such as using converters. I really can't blame them. Far too many variables to account for, and that's not what a Roku is designed to use. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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