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From what I could gather,

Composite = Red + White + Yellow (Does not Support HD)

Component = Red + Green + Blue (Supports HD)

My TV is not high definition and it only has Composite connections. What I need to do now, is connect my ATV2 on the TV.

Will the cable on the attached image work? (since it's Component) Component
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by:nobus
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look at the "let us help you choose" section :  http://www.ramelectronics.net/audio-video/video-cables/c10000-c12000-p1.html
i hope it helps
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by:AJKBOC
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That doesnt help me. I need to know if the above cable will work. And if it doesn't, which will.
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by:Michael-Best
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No that cable is not correct.

Connect your widescreen TV with component video and digital audio
You need a Component Video cable plus an Optical Digital Audio cable.
Or
Connect your widescreen TV with component video and Anolog audio
You need a Component Video cable plus an Anolog Audio cable.

See:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2646
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Michael-Best
Apple TV 2 only has HDMI port and Optical Digital Audio port. How will I convert the HDMI port to Composite, that my TV supports?
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I just realised you said you do not have Component Video connections on your TV, so you will also need a HD component to RCA composite converter:
http://easycapexpertti.mybisi.com/product/hd-component-to-rca-composite-converter

If your TV has S-Video then use it (S-Video is better than composite)

To connect this converter you will need a Component Video cable plus a single cable (usually yellow) Composite cable, but you can use just the yellow lead of the normal Composite (yellow & black) cable.
You will also still need the Audio cable mentioned in my previous post.

Hope this helps.
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by:AJKBOC
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So a cable does not exist, that just converts HDMI to Composite?

I'm going to need to buy an extra conversion box like the one in the link you gave me?
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"Apple TV 2 only has HDMI port and Optical Digital Audio port. How will I convert the HDMI port to Composite, that my TV supports? "
Sorry the model in the link has component too.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2646 

Yours has no component and because HDMI is digital with pulses and Composite is analog with waveforms so an HDMI to Composite Cable won't work.

You need a HDMI to composite adapter and they are not so cheap so you may be better spending the money (thats up to you) on upgrading to a TV with HDMI.

HDMI to S-Video Converter - composite video & audio too
Netflix, Apple TV, Boxee & Google TV compatible

http://www.hdtvsupply.com/hdmi-to-svideo-converter.html
Or
http://www.hdtvsupply.com/hdtocoad1.html
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"So a cable does not exist, that just converts HDMI to Composite?
I'm going to need to buy an extra conversion box like the one in the link you gave me?"

If  yours ATV2 has no component and because HDMI is digital with pulses and Composite is analog with waveforms so an HDMI to Composite Cable won't work.

See:
01/03/11 09:44 PM, ID: 35006601

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