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I want to connect my computer to my older tv set in order

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I want to connect my computer to my older tv set in order to be able to watch hulu movies. What type of box do I need? How complicated is it. I have an IMac which I purchased in 2011. Make it simple please so I can understand the steps I need to take.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
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Does your TV have HDMI ports ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

no

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
It does have the Red, Yellow and White ports. Right ?
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Or does it have the VGA input ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

no vga input

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Does it have the RCA input (Red, Yellow and White ports) ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

yes

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Could you please give me the serial number of your Mac ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

W80291W5DB7

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Thanks.Does it have the DVI In port ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

What is that?

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
It should be like this ?
graphic
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

there i nothing on my computer that looks like the image you sent

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Not on your computer, but on your TV. Does it have DVI port ? See the back of your TV and what ports can you see there
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

there are audio/video in and out ports, an S video port and an antenna port.

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.
Since you only have Composite (Red, White and Yellow) and S-Video ports on your TV, you have to get two different adaptors and cables.

Your Mac have the Mini Display Port. So you have to buy the Mini-Display Port to VGA Adaptor. See here : http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB572Z/B/mini-displayport-to-vga-adapter

Then you have to buy another Adaptor that converts the VGA to Composite Video or S-Video. Here is the one that convert VGA to Composite : http://sewelldirect.com/pc-to-tv.asp

For S Video, see this one : http://www.amazon.com/LE-TV-Out-S-Video-Cable-Adapter/dp/B000P3UB24

(I'd recommend the Composite Adaptor over the S-Video adaptor)

You will also need to buy the normal Composite Cable or S-Video and VGA (Male) cables to connect between the adaptors, Mac and your TV

That is all you need. After connecting your Mac to your TV, your Mac will recognize your TV automatically. You can adjust further settings on your Mac from System Preferences > Displays

Please let me know if you have any questions. Don't Rate my answer until you are satisfied.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will have to try buying and connecting these cables before I can rate you. I thought I had to buy a Roku to get this done. I will get back after I have seen how this works. Thank you for your help.

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Roku works without a Mac or PC. The above cables are to extend or mirror the display of your Mac to your TV. I think Roku will be better since it doesn't require a Mac or PC to watch your Hulu or Netflix shows.

 

If you are going to buy Roku, you will still need another Adaptor, i.e the HDMI to Composite Adaptor

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