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Can I get standard definition input from an HDMI output?

Asked by _Seek_ (2887points) October 19th, 2015

I have a standard-definition CRT television. It’s currently hooked up to a Wii so we can Netflix, but there are other things I’d like to watch. We’ll call them Legally Acquired Videos.

My laptop has an HDMI output.
My tv has an RCA input.

Can I put the two together without blowing anything up or starting the Zombie Apocalypse?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

It’s possible but you’ll need a signal converter to change the digital signal from the HDMI in to the analog signal for RCA.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Lightlyseared is correct. Some more detail.

HDMI is (duh) a digital means of communication.

RCA plugs are analog.

You can get digital-to-analog converters, but quality is iffy.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

You just need a media Converter

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It is easier to dump the videos to a thumb drive and play them on a set top box like a roku 3

Lightlyseared's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me roku3 only has a HDMI out (as far as I know) so its not really solving the problem as @Seek ‘s TV only has composite in

Lightlyseared's avatar

You’d need a doodah like this1DG-0009–000A0-Product

Lightlyseared's avatar

the link looks weird but it does work, at least for me

_Seek_'s avatar

Sounds like it would be easier to just get a new TV. Where’s that lottery check?

Lightlyseared's avatar

If you’re still using a crt then it’s probably time for a new tv. On the bright side Black Fridays just round the corner

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Surely there are cheap set top boxes that will do analog. Roku 3 is hdmi only. I should have known that since I have one

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Seek Do you have a Radio Shack nearby, here is a converter??

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