Getting Started - Setup & How-to

Help getting started with Roku devices, including setup, connecting your device to your TV, linking a Roku device to your account at my.roku.com/link, adding channels, subscribing to services, and more.
cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Level 7

can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit

I have an old analogue tv with no hdmi socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 

0 Kudos
7 Replies
Level 21

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no HDMI socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


The Roku Express+ (model 3910) has analog outputs, so no additional equipment required. But if you want to use an Ultra (say you want a wired network connection), then yes an HDMI-composite converter will be required. Many people have done this, while others have had problems. I can't offer a specific brand/model that is known to work. The one problem you might have is if your TV isn't widescreen. Only the Roku players with analog outputs have a 4:3 display setting, so the converter has to adjust for it. That might make a quality converter rather expensive. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), 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.
Level 12

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@atc98092 wrote:

@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no HDMI socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


The Roku Express+ (model 3910) has analog outputs, so no additional equipment required. But if you want to use an Ultra (say you want a wired network connection), then yes an HDMI-composite converter will be required. Many people have done this, while others have had problems. I can't offer a specific brand/model that is known to work. The one problem you might have is if your TV isn't widescreen. Only the Roku players with analog outputs have a 4:3 display setting, so the converter has to adjust for it. That might make a quality converter rather expensive. 


Ultra supports HDMI to RCA Composite? I thought that like you said to one of my posts in a question called “Picture aspect ratio.”, Roku doesn’t support using HDMI to RCA Composite. 

I’m not 100% sure that Roku Ultra will have a 4:3 setting if used on an older RCA only TV model via an HDMI to RCA Composite converter, but the Roku Express+ definitely has RCA outputs, but they are not the 3 circle jacks, instead, they are el cheapo 3.5mm headphone style jacks. 

~Jordan

0 Kudos
Level 12

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no hdmi socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


You can purchase the Express+, and it will work fine.

~Jordan

0 Kudos
Level 21

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@Michelle3 wrote:

@atc98092 wrote:

@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no HDMI socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


The Roku Express+ (model 3910) has analog outputs, so no additional equipment required. But if you want to use an Ultra (say you want a wired network connection), then yes an HDMI-composite converter will be required. Many people have done this, while others have had problems. I can't offer a specific brand/model that is known to work. The one problem you might have is if your TV isn't widescreen. Only the Roku players with analog outputs have a 4:3 display setting, so the converter has to adjust for it. That might make a quality converter rather expensive. 


Ultra supports HDMI to RCA Composite? I thought that like you said to one of my posts in a question called “Picture aspect ratio.”, Roku doesn’t support using HDMI to RCA Composite. 

I’m not 100% sure that Roku Ultra will have a 4:3 setting if used on an older RCA only TV model via an HDMI to RCA Composite converter, but the Roku Express+ definitely has RCA outputs, but they are not the 3 circle jacks, instead, they are el cheapo 3.5mm headphone style jacks. 

~Jordan


No, I'm saying that with an Ultra an HDMI to analog converter would be required. And no, the Ultra does not have a 4:3 display setting. In fact, no Roku does that only has HDMI out. And yes, the older Express+ (3710 and 3910) supported analog out, but the current version (3931) is HDMI out only and will not have a 4:3 display setting. 

My guess is that any HDMI to analog converter will need to have aspect ratio control, and everything the Roku outputs will be 16:9. A quality converter would probably cost a significant percentage of just replacing the TV with an HD set. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), 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.
Level 21

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@Michelle3 wrote:

@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no hdmi socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


You can purchase the Express+, and it will work fine.

~Jordan


Not the current version of Express+. Only the two previous generations. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), 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.
0 Kudos
Level 12

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@atc98092 wrote:

@Michelle3 wrote:

@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no hdmi socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


You can purchase the Express+, and it will work fine.

~Jordan


Not the current version of Express+. Only the two previous generations. 


OK. I think it’s clear from what I said that the current Roku Express+ model only has HDMI output, while the two previous generations have 3.5mm RCA Composite audio/video output besides that.

~Jordan

0 Kudos
Level 12

Re: can i use roku on an analogue tv with av converter kit


@atc98092 wrote:

@Michelle3 wrote:

@atc98092 wrote:

@cazzyclay wrote:

I have an old analogue tv with no HDMI socket can I use roku if I get an analogue tv av kit 


The Roku Express+ (model 3910) has analog outputs, so no additional equipment required. But if you want to use an Ultra (say you want a wired network connection), then yes an HDMI-composite converter will be required. Many people have done this, while others have had problems. I can't offer a specific brand/model that is known to work. The one problem you might have is if your TV isn't widescreen. Only the Roku players with analog outputs have a 4:3 display setting, so the converter has to adjust for it. That might make a quality converter rather expensive. 


Ultra supports HDMI to RCA Composite? I thought that like you said to one of my posts in a question called “Picture aspect ratio.”, Roku doesn’t support using HDMI to RCA Composite. 

I’m not 100% sure that Roku Ultra will have a 4:3 setting if used on an older RCA only TV model via an HDMI to RCA Composite converter, but the Roku Express+ definitely has RCA outputs, but they are not the 3 circle jacks, instead, they are el cheapo 3.5mm headphone style jacks. 

~Jordan


No, I'm saying that with an Ultra an HDMI to analog converter would be required. And no, the Ultra does not have a 4:3 display setting. In fact, no Roku does that only has HDMI out. And yes, the older Express+ (3710 and 3910) supported analog out, but the current version (3931) is HDMI out only and will not have a 4:3 display setting. 

My guess is that any HDMI to analog converter will need to have aspect ratio control, and everything the Roku outputs will be 16:9. A quality converter would probably cost a significant percentage of just replacing the TV with an HD set. 


Unfortunately, not all HDMI to non-HDMI converter adapter models will do aspect ratio correction on the older TV models with 4:3 aspect ratio. It will only occur when the Roku models with only an HDMI output are being set to 4:3 standard via Settings > Display type and not the HD resolutions (720p TV or 1080p TV) if there would be “Select all resolutions” on Platform Secret Screen.

My guess is that if there is no aspect ratio correction done by those converters, they will distort the aspect ratio vertically, making it look tall and skinny and appear unwatchable, to fill TV models with 4:3 aspect ratio. The notice on the manual of some models state this quote:

“This is completely normal, and occurs because high definition television is optimized for rectangular screens (having a16:9 width/height ratio), while standard definition TVs are square (with a 4:3 ratio).”

I don’t believe that it would make sense that the vertical aspect ratio distortion is completely normal or occurs.

~Jordan

0 Kudos