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Archived - Apple TV (1st generation): Connecting the cables

Before you begin, look at the back of your TV or receiver and find the audio and video ports. Make sure you have the appropriate cables for your setup.

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Important: Read all of the following installation instructions and the safety information in the included Apple TV Safety and Regulatory Compliance Information booklet carefully before you plug Apple TV (1st generation) into a power outlet.

 

Step 1: Connect the TV cables

Click the setup below that matches the ports on your TV or receiver.

 

HDMI

Connect your widescreen TV using an HDMI port

1. Connect one end of an HDMI cable to the back of your TV.

2. Connect the other end to the back of Apple TV (1st generation).

 

Connect your widescreen TV using component video / analog audio ports

1. Connect the green, blue, and red connectors on one end of a component video cable to the Y, Pb, and Pr ports on your TV and the connectors on the other end to Apple TV (1st generation).

2. Connect an analog audio cable, with red and white connectors, between Apple TV (1st generation) and your TV.

 

Connect your widescreen TV using a DVI video port

1. Connect an HDMI-to-DVI video cable to the DVI port on your TV and the HDMI port on Apple TV (1st generation).

2. Connect an optical digital or analog audio cable between your TV and Apple TV (1st generation).

 

Connect your widescreen TV to a receiver

1. Connect an HDMI or component video cable between your TV and Apple TV (1st generation).

2. Connect an optical digital or analog audio cable to your receiver and Apple TV (1st generation).

Receiver

Note: Alternatively, you can connect a video cable between Apple TV (1st generation) and your receiver and then connect a video cable between your receiver and TV.

 

Connect your widescreen TV with component video and digital audio

1. Connect the green, blue, and red connectors on one end of a component video cable to the Y, Pb, and Pr ports on your TV and the connectors on the other end to Apple TV (1st generation).

2. Connect an optical digital or analog audio cable to your receiver and Apple TV (1st generation).

 

Note: HDMI takes precedence over component video connections if both are connected.

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Step 2: Connect an Ethernet cable (optional)

If you have a wireless network, you can skip this step. If you have an Ethernet network, connect an Ethernet cable from your network to the Ethernet port on the back of Apple TV (1st generation). To find the Ethernet port, please see our

Ports and Connectors Guide

for Apple TV (1st generation).

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Step 3: Connect the power cord

Plug one end of the power cord into the back of Apple TV (1st generation) and the other end into a power outlet.

Connecting the Power

Important: Don't place anything on top of Apple TV (1st generation). Objects placed on top may cause interference with the wireless signal.

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Step 4: Turn on your TV and select the input

Using your TV remote, make sure the correct input is selected. If you are unsure about which input to select, please refer to the documentation that came with your TV.

The first time you use Apple TV (1st generation) it takes you through a series of steps including choosing a language, selecting a network, configuring Apple TV (1st generation) to work with your network if necessary, and connecting to iTunes. This document will walk through the Apple TV (1st generation) onscreen instructions.

Troubleshooting Tip: If you see just a black screen the first time you use Apple TV (1st generation), make sure the input you've selected on your TV matches the ports you've plugged the cables into on your TV or receiver. If the port matches, you might need to select a screen resolution your TV supports. If you can't see Apple TV (1st generation) in iTunes, see "Troubleshooting Apple TV not recognized in iTunes" to troubleshoot your setup.

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