Fire TV / Firestick: Connect to Analog CRT TV

If you have an older analog CRT Television that isn’t a smart TV and doesn’t have an HDMI connection, you can still use the Amazon Fire TV device with it. All you need is an adapter to make fire TV work with any older, non-HDMI TV. Use these steps to connect a Fire TV Stick or box to an old analog CRT TV.

  1. If you don’t have one already, purchase an HDMI to 3RCA Composite AV converter box. Personally, I have been using the Elekcity Mini HDMI to AV Composite Converter.
  2. Connect the Fire TV to the converter box using a standard HDMI cable. For Firestick, connect the device directly to the HDMI port on the adapter.
  3. Connect the converter box to the TV using a 3RCA Composite cable. This cable may be included with the adapter.
  4. Be sure the converter box is plugged in and powered using a power block and wall outlet. Do not plug it into a USB port as it may not provide enough power.

    Fire TV Converter to TV Diagram
    Fire TV Converter to TV Diagram
  5. Set the TV to the proper input setting, and you’re ready to go!

That’s it! Everything you need to know about hooking up an Amazon Fire TV to and an old, non-smart CRT TV. Let me know how it worked for you in the comments.


Why am I getting a strange colored video when I connect everything?

Ensure the adapter is getting enough power. Use the power adapter that was included with it and attach it to a wall outlet. Also ensure the adapter is connected to the correct colors of the standard CRT connections on your television.

Why am I not getting any picture at all?

Ensure your TV is on the correct input and the Fire TV and adapter box are plugged into a wall outlet. You may want to try a different HDMI and RCA cable too. If you still don’t get results, you may need a replacement adapter box.

Why don’t I hear audio?

Check the settings on your television to make sure the audio settings aren’t configured to send audio to another device such as an external speaker. Also check to ensure the RCA cable is connected to the correct audio ports on the TV. If that doesn’t work, try a new HDMI and RCA cable.

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  2. can I connect to an old tv that uses the old standard yellow, red and white video/audio connectors? I can’t use the composite red, blue and green cables.

    • Yes, the adapter mentioned in this post allows you to do exactly that. It utilizes those old RCA red, white, and yellow connectors.

  3. The one item left out in all of these discussions, where is the antenna for the reception, and what is best for use with a fire stick?
    As outlined above the only receptacle left in the back of an old analog TF is the “antenna”
    Is the fire stick remote going to figure out what local station to select?


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