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TheWEGAMan
Level 7

Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

Hi, I was wondering if I could please know if there are any new Roku products planned with a Composite output coming in the near future. I use a very old TV as a hobby, hence I will not appreciate comments like "Just get a new TV bro, it's cheap!" as that is not the point. Alternatively, could you please enable the 480i resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio on current model Rokus?

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StreamerUser
Level 15

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?


@TheWEGAMan wrote:

Hi, I was wondering if I could please know if there are any new Roku products planned with a Composite output coming in the near future. I use a very old TV as a hobby, hence I will not appreciate comments like "Just get a new TV bro, it's cheap!" as that is not the point. Alternatively, could you please enable the 480i resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio on current model Rokus?


Highly unlikely - the 3910 is more than 3 years old now and it does have composite "480i" 4:3 output, and you can acquire one on ebay.

They wont be enabling 480i over HDMI, so you'll want to acquire a 3910.

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AvsGunnar
Level 9

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

As for your analog out, plenty of "HDMI to composite/RCA adapters" out there that should work for you.  About $10-15.

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Rocky714
Level 8

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

First thing that you'll want to know if you do try to shop for a 3910 is that eBay sellers are not very careful or consistent about what model it is that they are selling.  I purchased a mis-advertized Roku specifically because it would support composite video but it didn't and I had to return it.  Before you put an offer in on anything, no matter what the seller says he is selling and no matter what the pictures show (unless it is the actual unit you are buying and you can see the composite support because many sellers just use stock photos), contact the seller and confirm that the unit you will be putting an offer in on supports composite video.  Another unit that I was about to put an offer in on said it was a 3910RW.  I asked the seller and sure enough, it was a 3931 EVEN THOUGH IT SAID THE UNIT SUPPORTED COMPOSITE VIDEO IN THE AD.

Second thing you'll want to know is that 3910s are not only rarer than hens teeth on eBay, their prices are off the charts.  I've been in the market for a few weeks now and there's nothing cheaper than $75 and some well over $100.  At that point, you might as well toss the old TV, get a cheap used HD TV off of Craiglist and a used Roku (if you've got the $100).  Or get a cheap Roku and a HDMI to composite converter suggested above (if you don't have the $100).  Good luck.

-Rocky714

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TheWEGAMan
Level 7

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

TMK Over HDMI, Rokus DO NOT support the 4:3 Aspect Ratio and 480i resolution, hence the picture would not display properly, being distorted.

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

Some HDMI to analog converters handle the aspect ratio, while some do not. There have been users reporting success, but I have no idea what converters were successfully used. 

I just did a quick web search, and it seems near impossible to find a streaming player of any brand with analog outputs. The older Roku Express+ did pop up on Amazon for $80, but that's a lot of money. You also might find a DVD or Blu Ray player with analog outputs that offer some streaming apps, but that won't be close to what you can watch with a Roku. 

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.
AvsGunnar
Level 9

Re: Any new Analog Composite out Rokus?

There used to be analog switches that did this but they were usually one way. Converted RCA to HDMI and then allowed toggle between 16:9 and 4:3.  Since you said you were doing this for a hobby, you may be able to do research and see if any switches exist that still has this feature, except reverse in your case.  

Otherwise, you may be just trying to fit a square peg into a round hole trying to get everything to work with what you have.  Even after getting everything to work properly if you can, the tube will go out or the power supply. (Murphy's Law, my friend).  But again, if done purely as a hobby, good luck to you, hopefully you can find something that works for you.

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