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MikeA01730
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Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:59 am

Hi,

We have several old CRT TVs (e.g. Sony KV-27FS13).  These TVs have COAX, composite, component, and S-Video inputs and accept 480i video signal.  They do not have MHL, HDMI, or USB inputs.  

I'd like to buy a Roku streaming device for one or more of them.  I assume that any streaming device I buy must provide 480i resolution video signal and must provide one of the video outputs that the TV accepts.  Is that correct?  Are there any other limitations regarding the connection between the Roku and the TV?  

It appears that none the current Roku devices output a 480i signal on component, composite, or S-Video output.  Is there any way around this problem?  Are there adapters to convert the Roku output to input that the TVs can accept?  Or are there older Roku devices that might have the capabilities I need that are still obtainable?  

Any suggestions on how to deal with this problem would be appreciated. 

Thanks,
Mike
 
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:24 pm

This one should do what you need. It comes with a composite cable so well work on your crt tv. 
https://www.roku.com/products/roku-express-plus
 
MikeA01730
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:15 pm

troydogtvtvtv,

Thanks for finding that for me.  It looks like a good option. 

After I posted my question I poked around and found the Roku 2 XS on Amazon.  It's an older model (2013 I think).  It's $30 more but it has the advantage that it provides a wired internet connection via MOCA.  From what I've read it's common to have speed problems with WiFi, so the wired connection would be better. 

What do you think?  Are there benefits to buying the newer model? 

Thanks,
Mike
 
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:58 pm

stick with the newer express --- I have 6 rokus all running wireless with out issue
ROKU 3 4114AT076252
ROKU 2 LT 16A182002191
ROKU 2 LT #2 16A19K025194
ROKU HD 18D2CP067635
Roku TV 2N002P050587 2WE012050587
ROKU HDMI STICK 5S35CF000124
Roku Express + YU000X236772
all running wireless on a Technicolor C2000T
 
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:42 pm

MikeA01730 wrote:
After I posted my question I poked around and found the Roku 2 XS on Amazon.  It's an older model (2013 I think).

Do not get the 2 XS!  Given its age, it's severely underpowered for many of the more feature-rich apps (like YouTube), and it has a lot of instability (app and system crash) issues.
Source: am a 2 XS owner.
 
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:00 pm

Agree with knuckle, both my Rokus run fine wirelessly and the extra expense really isn't worth it if your max resolution is 480i.
 
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:37 pm

MikeA01730 wrote:
troydogtvtvtv,

Thanks for finding that for me.  It looks like a good option. 

After I posted my question I poked around and found the Roku 2 XS on Amazon.  It's an older model (2013 I think).  It's $30 more but it has the advantage that it provides a wired internet connection via MOCA.  From what I've read it's common to have speed problems with WiFi, so the wired connection would be better. 

What do you think?  Are there benefits to buying the newer model? 

Thanks,
Mike

No, No , No! 
The 2 XS is too old of a platform. Depending on the channel you watch, performance goes from barely satisfactory to useless. In particular the YouTube app is almost worthless on the 2 XS. I have two, and both are never used. With the latest boxes, even wireless is not an issue. My Roku TV is wireless only, and I was streaming an HD video from my server in excess of 50 Mbps with zero playback issues. I was monitoring the wireless on my access point, and could easily monitor it. I see the same performance with my Stick, which is again wireless only. 
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Another thing to remember about wireless vs. wired. No wired Roku box has an Ethernet connection better than 100BaseT. That will max out at around 95 Mbps real world. All the newer boxes support at least 802.11N, and the latest ones support .11AC, both of which are far faster than 100BaseT. With a typical signal and no interference (not a given, of course), a wireless connection SHOULD always be faster. Of course, if your Internet speed is under 100 Mbps, then it might be a moot point. But it can make a difference if you stream from a home computer.
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Re: Roku for Older CRT TVs

Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:15 am

I live in an apartment complex hammered with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi neighbors, and MUST use 5 GHz, not offered in the Roku Express+ or Roku 1. I use a cheap Bleiden HDMI-to-Composite converter with my Roku 3, which works great, but beginning with last June 2016's firmware 7.2, the "Enable selecting all resolutions" setting was abruptly removed from the Platform Secret Screen > System Operations Menu. (Accessed with Home 5x, FF, Play, RW, Play, FF on the Roku remote control.) So Settings > Display type can never be put back to 4:3 standard if inadvertently changed, or set in the first place for first-time use, and the picture will be unwatchable — stretched and distorted — on an old TV. (An HDMI-to-Composite converter does not adjust the display aspect ratio.) Even people with HDMI-only widescreen TVs also can use the setting to un-squeeze the picture of old shows & movies broadcast stretched to fill the screen by some channels (such as the GRIT network). This functionality is still in the hardware, but somebody at Roku decided to arbitrarily remove owners’ access to it. My pleas to reinstate "Enable selecting all resolutions" have been met with silence.
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Roku 3 (4200) purchased for $22.93 on clearance at Office Depot > Bleiden HDMI-to-Composite converter > old 4:3 CRT TV (now in another room, as I have acquired a modern LCD flat screen TV, March 2017)

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