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Where to grab a cheap HDMI cable for your Apple TV

Apple doesn't include a HDMI cable with the Apple TV. The company does offer a 5.9ft HDMI cable for $20, though, that you can add to your order. Of course, there are cheaper options out there if you're willing to order separately. Here we've listed a few HDMI cables to use with your Apple TV that will cost you less and won't skimp on quality.

Twisted Veins 3ft HDMI Cable (3-pack)

If your Apple TV setup doesn't require much cable length you can score this 3-pack of braided HDMI cables from Twisted Veins for under 10 bucks. They support ethernet, audio return, 3D, 4K, and feature gold connectors at each end. Also included is a 90-degree adapter for tight fits and a few 6-inch velcro ties to keep things tidy. You can pick up the Twisted Veins 3ft HDMI Cable (3-pack) for about $9.

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AmazonBasics 6-foot HDMI Cable

This 6-foot HDMI cable from AmazonBasics is a solid substitute that will go great with your Apple TV and only cost roughly $7. It supports Ethernet, 3D, 4K video, and audio return — meeting HDMI 1.4 specifications. The gold-plated connectors at each end offer excellent conductivity and are resistant to corrosion. As a bonus, this cable comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

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Mediabridge 25ft HDMI Cable

Supporting HDMI 2.0 functions, the Mediabridge HDMI cable provides a 18Gbps transfer speed, 4K video, UHD, 3D, 48-bit deep color, and audio return. Ideal for setups that require more length, this triple-shielded 28AWG HDMI cable reaches 25ft and features gold-plated connectors.

Due to its length, the cable will cost you a little more, but at $15, it's still a cheaper option than Apple's cable.

Monoprice 6ft HDMI Cable

This ultra-thin HDMI cable from Monoprice features RedMere technology and supports Ethernet, 3D, 4K and audio return. It's priced a bit higher than the rest due to the cable's thin design that uses a RedMere chip on one end. Since these cables are directional, each end is labeled — source and TV — helping to make sure your connection is right the first time around.

You can pick up the Monoprice 6ft HDMI Cable for around $13.

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Updated September 2017: Updated to include cables that will carry a 4K HDR signal so you can use them with the new Apple TV 4K!

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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1 Comment
  • I know there is no advantage to gold-plated HDMI cables over cheaper models. But are there special 4K cables, or cables that don't support 4K? Can you tell which is which once they are separated from their packaging?