I am currently aiming to invest in a ROKU. I would buy the roku 3 but my biggest problem is I still have terrible box TVs that are RCA or Cable In. I will upgrade in a couple of months to an HDTV but for now I have to use that old tv. I want to get the ROKU3 but may have to settle for ROKU2 for now.
If I got a ROKU3, Whats the minimum I would need to convert the HDMI output to RCA. I see a lot of different costs and options but don't know if what i need is a HDMI to RCA cord or an actual box to convert? Anyone know what would help translate that so the ROKU would work on a standard old TV?
In the end I may get a Roku2. I want to have access to all content for the time I actually do end up with an HDTV that can view 1080p content. What ROKU version is best for me or should I get a ROKU3 and find a converter for it.
If you were a family member coming to me with that question, I'd recommend getting a Roku 2 XS or XD. And, I only say that because of the future possibility of a 1080p TV. If you want to gaming features (Angry Birds!), a LAN port, or USB play, then the XS, from a Roku retailer
, runs around $10 cheaper than the Roku 3. If games nor LAN nor USB matter, save more and get the XD.
If you might keep the old TV in use, and want to keep a Roku on it in a spare room, you might want to consider an LT. It's half the price of a 3. The downside is max output is only 720p, but on the older TV, that's more than enough. If you are retiring the older TV, and want a 1080p device, get an XS or XD.
As for how to play the Roku 2 on the old TV, you can use an old VCR or some such device as an RF modulator (no, you won't be able to record stuff from your Roku). Or, shell out $20 to Best Buy or some such place for an RF modulator.
At least, that's what I'd tell my folks.
EDIT: No disagreement with what johninFL