Back in January, I wrote about how the Roku streaming video player can make older analog TVs useful. I have a 17″ Sony in my bedroom that can display a 480i picture, and that’s fine enough for me. Since the Roku 1 can connect to older analog CRT TV sets, I currently run a Roku Express+ on that TV and enjoy it immensely.
Other Roku devices have only been released with support for connections via HDMI. If you were planning on using the Roku with an analog TV, this news is a bummer. You still have an option though. With these steps, you can connect the Roku Express, Premiere, or Streaming Stick to any analog TV.
- Obtain a converter box that will convert the digital HDMI connection to a composite analog connection. I chose the Elekcity Mini HDMI to AV Composite Converter because it’s small and you can power it with a USB cable. That means I can plug it directly into the USB port of the Roku and it’s one less device taking up a spot on my power strip.
- If you have a Roku Streaming Stick, you can connect it directly to the HDMI port on the converter box. Other Roku devices can be connect to the converter box via HDMI cable.
Note: The HDMI cable is not included with the Roku.
- Connect the converter box to your TV using a 3RCA cable connection.
While the video may have the sides cut off when using some Roku channels, this is the best solution when you absolutely must connect the Roku to an analog TV.