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What kind of cable do I need to conect my MacBook to my tv?

Asked by 2late2be (2286points) October 7th, 2008 from iPhone

I will have to watch the biggest loser online today, so, what do I need to hook it to my tv?

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robmandu's avatar

Get started with this:

Then get the matching connector cable to hook that up to the available S-Video or Composite video-in port on your tv.

[ S-Video is better quality. ]

queenzboulevard's avatar

I bought

and an S-video cable. I bought it because I thought I could use my TV as a big monitor but the quality is awful (compared to what I wanted). It’s great for watching dvds and videos though because those actually show up really well

robmandu's avatar

Oh yah, if you actually want the audio from your show, you’ll need a third piece: mini-headphone to RCA jack audio cable.

wilhel1812's avatar

2 ways…
mini-dvi to dvi adapter, then a dvi to hdmi adapter.
or for analogue signals:
mini-div to video.

This won’t give you sound, so you’ll need a mini-jack to whatever is the input on your tv aswell.

You can get most of this stuff at your local Apple Premium Reseller

critter1982's avatar

Keep an eye on displayport. This is a new digital interface that is likely to be adopted by computer monitors first in the following couple years but is likely to be a standard across both computer monitors and high def televsions within the next 5 years.

For now follow robmandu’s advice. Typically S-Video is better than composite although they both have the same bandwidth. S-Video will typically give you better lines. If you are transferring your video to a larger screen I would go with S-Vid but if you are transferring onto a smaller screen composite is likely cheaper and you probably won’t see a difference.

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