How to Connect Apple TV to an Old Analog TV

I still have a couple of older analog televisions in my home. One of them is almost 20 years old. I have no intention of throwing them away since there is always a way to convert digital signals to analog and make the equipment work properly.

An Apple TV box will connect just fine to an older analog TV if you have the right equipment. You’ll need to convert the signal from digital to analog to make it work. Here’s how it’s done.

1. Verify that your TV has the standard 3 RCA CRT jacks. They will most likely be colored yellow, white and red.

3RCA jacks

2. Purchase an HDMI to Composite 3 RCA converter box.

3. Once you have the box, you can then connect the Apple TV box to the HDMI to composite converter box using a standard HDMI cable.

4. You can then use a Composite 3 RCA cable (included with converter box) to connect the Converter box to the 3 RCA jacks on the TV.

Apple TV to Analog TV diagram

Now you’re ready to enjoy Apple TV on your analog TV.


  1. Old Geek says

    Why in the world would anyone even want to do this? God, man, it”s a digital world, move on!!! Just because something is outdated and still functions doesn’t mean it has to be used. Recycle the damn tv.

  2. Ron says

    Will this stream from an iPhone5 over my wifi? We have an older Sony analog tv and your article states Apple TV + converter box + RCA cables…I have all three…for composite. I am confused regarding where to power the use of the converter box you specified?

  3. Jessica says

    Hey! Thanks for the article.

    I was recently donated a large (I think 50″) tube tv with the red, white, and yellow plugs (no clue what the proper name is). Seeing as I’ve mostly been using my mac for the past decade, I would like to connect an Apple TV 3. I just wanted to make sure that this setup will allow me to stream my iTunes library and access Netflix over wifi.

    It would be less expensive to just get a roku or wii console for the Netflix, but I think it would be worth the extra money if I could watch my iTunes library as I’ve copied all my old dvd’s to my external hard drive already.

    I believe I read somewhere a while ago that hacks like this can’t stream Netflix. Can you confirm that it works in your case?

  4. says

    The converter specified in this article runs on USB power for some device. I like it because it’s one less power cord going into my outlets. There are other adapters that have an AC plug though.

  5. Gene McCormick says

    Much appreciated info that is 2013 update and have ordered converter
    box. 2012 Apple TV ..HDMI cable to converter box then ,RCA composite
    cable to my TV. Then reset Apple TV for old TV. The question is…what
    powers the converter box ?? The cable with box …USB …(computer) to
    converter box ? I will know when it arrives. Thanks for this page you put online for novice’s

  6. Skeptic says

    Does the screen need to be wide screen?
    Any drawbacks if it is not?
    Will it show HDCP compliant content?

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