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Old 12-31-2014, 11:51 PM
 
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My father has a TV that's at least 20 years old. It's big, it's heavy, but honestly it works fine and the picture is quite good.

He signed up for Amazon Prime and wants to watch some of the HBO shows in their Instant Video collection on his TV..... but what can he use that is compatible with these old TVs?

He bought a Sony Blu-Ray player with internet capabilities at Costco. But it uses a HDMI cable and his old TV doesn't have inputs for this. Can't use a Chromecast, because no USB port.

Any ideas? He'd rather not buy another TV, but will buy what is needed otherwise.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:45 AM
 
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The Roku 1 and 2 (but not 3) have RCA jacks.

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Can't use a Chromecast, because no USB port.
It's actually an HDMI connection. Amazon's Fire TV is also HDMI only so that won't work either.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:49 AM
 
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As Jason suggested the Roku 1 and 2 have composite connectors for older TV's, probably the best option. There's quite a few free programming channels available as well.

https://www.roku.com/products/roku-1
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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Thank you Jason and Dave! That helps a lot.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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Does the TV have RCA jacks for A/V input ?

If yes, then contact someplace like Best Buy,Radio Shack, or a local "Home Theater" outfit for an HDMI-to-RCA adapter box/cable. They do exist but I'm not sure of a reliable source.

If not, then HDMI-to-coax (antenna) convertors may not exist.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:09 PM
 
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What reed303 said, you have to tell us about the type of a connection the TV uses. Before HDMI we used RCA and some of the dvd players out there can be connected to wireless internet and have RCA output. HDMI to RCA converters are not that expensive.

You could always buy your dad a LED tv.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I doubt a TV from 1994 has much more then a coax and an older style antenna connection (2 screws). In which case, it's new TV time.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:38 PM
 
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I doubt a TV from 1994 has much more then a coax and an older style antenna connection (2 screws). In which case, it's new TV time.
FWIW we had VCR's and Laser Disc Players in the early 80's that plugged into little holes that were Red, White and Yellow. So if we had them in the 80's then most likely a mid 90's TV will have them.

Worse case the OP can go to Amazon and purchase a RCA Compact RF Modulator for $10.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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Hi guys,

Sorry I haven't checked this thread in awhile.

More about the TV - and old Philips Magnavox "Smart Series"... definitely from the 1990s. NOT digital.

It has inputs for a bunch RCA cables for audio R/L, multiple video inputs etc.. and a coaxial into the antennae plug.

So that can work with ROKU 1, right? That seems fine for him.

Yeah, I totally agree he could get a new TV and I suggested that. But that's way too complicated a decision for him and he would get angry if I bought it for him. And honestly... why should he get a new one if it works fine otherwise, and I can get something cheap that makes it compatible?

He's very frugal, and he loves a bargain. ROKU 1 is $40 on Amazon (refurbished).
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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To follow-up...

Roku 1 works great. Thanks to everyone.
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