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TV4Us
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Express+ with RCA outputs?

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It's extremely confusing that the current "Express+" model of Roku DOES NOT support older TVs as did the previous version of "Express+". When did they drop the RCA outputs? Does Roku make any model now that DOES have RCA outputs?

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StreamerUser
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Re: Express+ with RCA outputs?

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Welcome to Roku - The Microsoft of streamers!

No, they do not manufacture a model with composite anymore (the last was the 3910, and in fact they dumped remaining stock of 3910s earlier this year at firesale prices to current Roku users:  $15)

If you can find a model 3910 at a reasonable price that's your best bet (going now for $140 at Amazon, $15-30 (used) at eBay).

Otherwise, invest in a decent HDMI to composite converter/adapter.

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atc98092
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@TV4Us wrote:

It's extremely confusing that the current "Express+" model of Roku DOES NOT support older TVs as did the previous version of "Express+". When did they drop the RCA outputs? Does Roku make any model now that DOES have RCA outputs?


As to when they dropped support, it was Sept 2018 with the release of the Premiere+ 3931. The model 3910 was the last Roku player to support analog outputs. But Roku is not alone. You can no longer get analog outputs on a Fire TV device, and the Nvidia Shield has never supported it. You can probably find some generic Android players that might still have analog, but to be honest it is going to get much harder to find. You can't buy an analog TV any longer, so the demand is getting quite low.

If you must still have analog output, your only real option is an HDMI-analog converter. You can find them easily on Amazon for as little as $12. But be warned there's no certainty that a converter will work with the device you use. It's basically try/return/try another method. But some users here have reported success using such a converter. Just make sure it's a converter that goes HDMI to analog, and not the other way around. Sometimes the listing isn't clear until you look more closely at the details. 

Dan
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.

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StreamerUser
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Re: Express+ with RCA outputs?

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Welcome to Roku - The Microsoft of streamers!

No, they do not manufacture a model with composite anymore (the last was the 3910, and in fact they dumped remaining stock of 3910s earlier this year at firesale prices to current Roku users:  $15)

If you can find a model 3910 at a reasonable price that's your best bet (going now for $140 at Amazon, $15-30 (used) at eBay).

Otherwise, invest in a decent HDMI to composite converter/adapter.

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atc98092
Level 21

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@TV4Us wrote:

It's extremely confusing that the current "Express+" model of Roku DOES NOT support older TVs as did the previous version of "Express+". When did they drop the RCA outputs? Does Roku make any model now that DOES have RCA outputs?


As to when they dropped support, it was Sept 2018 with the release of the Premiere+ 3931. The model 3910 was the last Roku player to support analog outputs. But Roku is not alone. You can no longer get analog outputs on a Fire TV device, and the Nvidia Shield has never supported it. You can probably find some generic Android players that might still have analog, but to be honest it is going to get much harder to find. You can't buy an analog TV any longer, so the demand is getting quite low.

If you must still have analog output, your only real option is an HDMI-analog converter. You can find them easily on Amazon for as little as $12. But be warned there's no certainty that a converter will work with the device you use. It's basically try/return/try another method. But some users here have reported success using such a converter. Just make sure it's a converter that goes HDMI to analog, and not the other way around. Sometimes the listing isn't clear until you look more closely at the details. 

Dan
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.

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TV4Us
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Thanks all for the confirmation and info.  Seems to me Roku should have changed the NAME to avoid the confusion of having completely different interfaces - both called "Express+".

@StreamerUser wrote:

Otherwise, invest in a decent HDMI to composite converter/adapter.

It's more than that - I need HDMI -> composite -> RF Modulator.  We have a perfectly working classic console TV that only has antenna inputs.  Not interested in throwing it away - yet.

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atc98092
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@TV4Us wrote:

Thanks all for the confirmation and info.  Seems to me Roku should have changed the NAME to avoid the confusion of having completely different interfaces - both called "Express+".

It's more than that - I need HDMI -> composite -> RF Modulator.  We have a perfectly working classic console TV that only has antenna inputs.  Not interested in throwing it away - yet.


Yeah, Roku has a very, very bad habit of reusing names when the player itself has significant changes. I really wish they'd stop that.

Wow, needing an RF modulator is even more outdated. However, it should be easy to find a generic modulator that can be used with any HDMI to analog converter. 

Personally, I'd hate going back to any display that doesn't offer at least 720p HD, unless I was hooking up an old time gaming console that only output NTSC resolution anyway. And I'm an old (person) who remembers before TV was in color Smiley Happy

Dan
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.
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Strega
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Re: Express+ with RCA outputs?

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By any chance does that old TV have an old VCR nearby?  If so, they almost always have RF modulators in them.  I still have one of those in my video cabinet, along with a laserdisc player, mostly because modern video devices aren't big enough to use up all the space in there! Smiley Happy

atc98092
Level 21

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@Strega wrote:

By any chance does that old TV have an old VCR nearby?  If so, they almost always have RF modulators in them.  I still have one of those in my video cabinet, along with a laserdisc player, mostly because modern video devices aren't big enough to use up all the space in there! Smiley Happy


Not a bad idea. Connect the HDMI to Analog converter to the input jacks of the VCR and use the channel 3 output of the VCR. A much bigger box that a simple modulator, but it has the benefit of no cost of you have one. 

Dan
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.
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TV4Us
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@Strega wrote:

By any chance does that old TV have an old VCR nearby?  If so, they almost always have RF modulators in them.  I still have one of those in my video cabinet, along with a laserdisc player, mostly because modern video devices aren't big enough to use up all the space in there! Smiley Happy


Yes - good point!  Thank you for the suggestion.  That brings us back to my OP asking for Roku with RCA component outputs.  Disappointed it is no longer integrated in any Roku model as it WAS in the previous Express+.

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