Curious how to stream digital content to your old, standard definition TV? Since they don't have HDMI ports, Apple TV is out but if you have an old iPod touch (or even iPhone) you can McGyver together something almost as good. We'll show you how after the break!
The current Apple TV is a great, inexpensive way to stream content to your HDMI-equiped HD TV but if you have an older CRT TV with composite (RCA video/audio) plugs, you're going to have to get just a little more creative. (You can look for component to HDMI converters but they're expensive.) And if you have an old iPod touch lying around, why not put it to good use?
You could use an old iPhone or even a current iPod touch or iPad, though you probably don't want to leave them connected to an old TV. That's the reason I recommend an old iPod touch.
Unlike an Apple TV, there's no remote for this setup which is a bit of a pain. However, Air Video can transcode non-Apple supported video formats like AVI and MKV on the fly so you don't have to worry about converting your collection before hand.
I've set this up for my mother using an iPod G3 and it works great. Whenever my sister or I visit we can stream things we want to show her almost as if she had an Apple TV.
If you have any questions or other tips on streaming media or getting more use out of old devices, let us know in comments!
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