Apple TV set top box Specifications

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Apple
Interactive
Television Box
Setting up and using the equipment
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The Apple Interactive Television Box at a Glance
Status light
POWER
UT
INP
Window for signaling remote control
Power button
North American version
Serial port
Port for an input
device, such as
a mouse
S-Video port for higher-quality
video devices
SCSI
RF Out
Main power
switch
Power cord
receptacle
RF In
Network
Serial
Port for SCSI
devices, such as
CD-ROM drives
S-Video
Audio
Video
Right
Left
RF jacks for
video devices
Audio/video
jacks
Network port for
interactive video services
European version
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
RF Out
SCART ports for
higher-quality video devices
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Audio
Video
Right
Left
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Other devices you may have received with the Apple Interactive Television Box
The Apple Interactive Television Box can be used in many ways. Different services
require different sorts of equipment. Depending on the requirements of the service
you’re using, you may have received some of the following equipment. See the
packing list to determine what you received.
CD-ROM drive
Apple Interactive
Television Remote
Apple Multimedia
Remote
Mouse
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Preface
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Setting Up the Apple Interactive Television Box
With the Apple Interactive Television Box (Apple Interactive TV Box) and the
services of an interactive service provider, your TV is no longer something to just
“watch.” Now, you can take control of your TV set, using it in many exciting new
ways.
This manual describes how to set up and use the Apple Interactive TV Box in
combination with other audio-visual equipment you may own. For information on
how to use your interactive services, please see your service provider’s instructions.
Before you begin using the Apple Interactive TV Box, complete the following steps,
each of which is explained in this chapter.
m Step 1: Decide where to put the Apple Interactive TV Box
m Step 2: Connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to your TV setup
m Step 3: Connect other devices
m Step 4: Plug in the Apple Interactive TV Box
m Step 5: Turn on the power and check connections
m Step 6: Set up the remote control (if you have one)
m Step 7: Lock the Apple Interactive TV Box (if you want to)
Safety First
For your own safety and that of your equipment, always take the following
precautions.
Disconnect the power plug (by pulling the plug, not the cord) if any of the following
conditions exists:
m the power cord or plug becomes frayed or otherwise damaged
m you spill something into the case
m the Apple Interactive TV Box is exposed to rain or any other excess moisture
m the Apple Interactive TV Box has been dropped or the case has been otherwise
damaged
m you suspect that the Apple Interactive TV Box needs service or repair
m you want to clean the case (use only the cleaning instructions given in Chapter 2)
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IMPORTANT The only way to disconnect power completely is to unplug the power
cord. Make sure at least one end of the power cord is within easy reach so that you
can unplug the Apple Interactive TV Box when you need to.
Be sure that you always do the following:
m Keep the Apple Interactive TV Box away from sources of liquids, such as wash
basins, bathtubs, shower stalls, and so on.
m Protect the Apple Interactive TV Box from dampness or wet weather, such as
rain, snow, and so on.
m Read all the installation instructions carefully before you plug the Apple
Interactive TV Box into a wall socket.
m Keep these instructions handy for reference by you and others.
m Follow all instructions and warnings dealing with your system.
m If you plan not to use the remote control for a month or more, remove the
batteries from it to avoid damage from battery leakage.
WARNING Electrical equipment may be hazardous if misused. Operation of
this product, or similar products, must always be supervised by an adult. Do
not allow children access to the interior of any electrical product and do not
permit them to handle any cables.
WARNING Do not open the Apple Interactive TV Box or attempt to change the
lithium battery inside the device. Doing so could be hazardous, and will void
the warranty. Contact your installer or service provider for additional
information about this or any other warranty question.
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Step 1: Decide where to put the Apple Interactive Television Box
Remove the Apple Interactive TV Box from the shipping container and remove all
packing materials. Keep the packing materials in case you need to ship the Apple
Interactive TV Box later.
1
If there are any advice labels on top of the Apple Interactive TV Box, read and remove them.
2
Decide where to put the equipment, taking into account the following:
Not too
much heat
30 lb. (13.6 kg)
or less
Over
30 lb. (13.6 kg)
3/8 in. (10 mm)
of clearance
m Apple recommends that you place the Apple Interactive TV Box on top of the
television set.
m If you want to put another device on top of the Apple Interactive TV Box, make
sure the device weighs no more than 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) and that it stands
on legs that allow at least 3/8 inch (10 millimeters) between the Apple Interactive
TV Box and the other device.
m Don’t put the Apple Interactive TV Box on top of anything that generates a lot of
heat, such as an audio amplifier.
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Step 2: Connect the Apple Interactive Television Box to your TV setup
Televisions and other video devices use a variety of connection schemes
(configurations). The Apple Interactive TV Box fits easily into many of the most
popular configurations.
To determine how to connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to your audio-visual
setup:
1
Note the types of cables and connectors used on your devices.
F-to-F RF
coaxial cable
and connectors,
common in
North America
Aerial RF
coaxial cable
and connectors,
common in
Europe
SCART cable
and connectors,
common in
higher-quality
devices in Europe
Composite
video cable
and connectors
S-Video cable
and connectors,
common in
higher-quality
devices in
North America
To see other names used for these cables and connectors, refer to Appendix B.
2
Use the table below to decide which hookup diagram you need.
Detailed diagrams appear in Appendix C.
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Equipment
you have
Only aerial or
F-connectors
Composite video or
S-Video on all devices
SCART on all
devices (Europe only)
TV only
(cable box optional)
Hookup 1
Hookup 2
Hookup 3
TV and VCR
(cable box optional)
Hookup 4
Hookup 5A, 5B
Hookup 6
Other equipment
Start with the hookup diagram closest to your situation.
Also, see “Other Hookups” in Appendix C, which shows how
audio and video signals enter and exit the Apple Interactive TV Box.
3
Turn to Appendix C and find the hookup diagram that applies to you.
4
Return to this chapter to finish setting up.
Step 3: Connect other devices
This section describes how to connect your Apple Interactive TV Box to:
m an interactive video service using a network connection
m a CD-ROM drive or other SCSI device
m a mouse or other input device
m a printer, modem, or other serial device
You will probably not have all of these devices. See the packing list that came with
your Apple Interactive TV Box to see which devices you have. Read the section for
the devices you have, and skip the others.
Connecting the Apple Interactive Television Box to an interactive
video service
If your Apple Interactive TV Box is part of an interactive video service, you’ll need
to connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to the service using an RJ-45 cable
supplied by your service provider.
1
If you’ve already plugged in the Apple Interactive TV Box, make sure the main power is turned
off.
The main power switch is on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box. The off
position is marked with a j.
2
Connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to the interactive video service using the RJ-45 cable.
The other RJ-45 jack may
be in your wall or in a small
electronic device supplied
by your video service
provider.
Network
Despite its similar appearance, the RJ-45 cable is not a telephone cable. Do not
attempt to connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to your telephone system.
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Connecting the Apple Interactive Television Box to a CD-ROM drive
or other SCSI device
SCSI stands for Small Computer System Interface, a standard used for many
computer devices such as CD-ROM drives and hard disk drives. If you did not
receive a SCSI device with your Apple Interactive TV Box, skip this section.
Note: Not all CD-ROM drives work with the Apple Interactive TV Box. Special
software is needed for this equipment to work with a CD-ROM drive.
To connect a SCSI device, you’ll need an HDI-30 SCSI cable and a SCSI terminator.
Check the packing list to see if the cable and terminator came with your Apple
Interactive TV Box. If not, you can obtain them from most places that sell computer
supplies.
1
If you’ve already plugged in the Apple Interactive TV Box, make sure the main power is switched
off.
The main power switch is on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box. The off
position is marked with a j.
2
Connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to the SCSI device as shown here:
SCSI device
SCSI terminator
SCSI
HDI-30 cable
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Connecting the Apple Interactive Television Box to a mouse
or other input device
If you received an input device such as a mouse or joystick with your Apple
Interactive TV Box, follow the instructions in this section. If not, skip this section.
1
If you’ve already plugged in the Apple Interactive TV Box, make sure the main power is turned
off.
The main power switch is on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box. The off
position is marked with a j.
2
Connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to the input device.
Plug the device’s cable into the Input port on the right side of the Apple Interactive
TV Box as shown here.
Input port
UT
INP
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Connecting the Apple Interactive Television Box to a printer, modem,
or other serial device
If you received a serial device such as a printer or modem with your Apple
Interactive TV Box, follow the instructions in this section. If not, skip this section.
To connect a serial device, you’ll need an Apple System/Peripheral 8 cable. Check
the packing list to see if it came with your equipment. If not, you can obtain one
from most places that sell computer supplies.
1
If you’ve already plugged in the Apple Interactive TV Box, make sure the main power is turned
off.
The main power switch is on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box. The off
position is marked with a j.
2
Connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to the serial device as shown here:
Printer
Serial
Apple System/Peripheral 8 cable
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Step 4: Plug in the Apple Interactive Television Box
Plug one end of the power cord into the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box, as
shown, and the other end into the wall. Do not turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box
yet.
Power cord
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Audio
Video
Right
Left
WARNING This equipment is intended to be electrically grounded. Your Apple
Interactive TV Box may have come equipped with a three-wire grounding
plug—a plug that has a third (grounding) pin. If so, this plug will fit only a
grounded AC outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the
plug into the outlet because the outlet is not grounded, contact a licensed
electrician to replace the outlet with a properly grounded outlet. Do not defeat
the purpose of the grounding plug!
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Step 5: Turn on the power and check the connections
The Apple Interactive TV Box has two on/off switches:
m a main power switch in the back, which you can leave on all the time except when
connecting devices to the Apple Interactive TV Box or disconnecting devices
from it
Main power switch
(I is on, O is off)
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Audio
Video
Right
Left
m a Power button in the front, which you use to turn the Apple Interactive TV Box
on and off for everyday use
Status light
Power button
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POWER
To switch on the Apple Interactive TV Box for the first time:
1
Switch on the main power at the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box and watch the status light
on the front.
A steady red light comes on for several seconds after the device is switched on. The
light then turns yellow. If the red light begins flashing, the Apple Interactive TV Box
is not working correctly.
2
Once the light turns yellow, press the Power button on the front of the device and watch the
status light.
A green light means the Apple Interactive TV Box is in use.
You may also turn on the equipment using your Apple remote control. The Power
button on the Apple remote control is equivalent to the Power button on the front of
the Apple Interactive TV Box.
3
Make sure the message from your service provider appears on your TV screen.
The particular message depends on what service you have. If you don’t see a
message, check the following:
m Make sure your connection matches the appropriate diagram in Appendix C.
m See the usage notes for your particular hookup in Appendix C. They will tell you
whether your VCR (if you have one) should be on or off, the proper channel
setting for your TV and VCR, and whether you might have to switch your TV to a
special setting.
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Step 6: Set up the remote control (if you have one)
If you received a remote control with your Apple Interactive TV Box, read this
section to learn how to set it up. If not, skip to the next section, “Step 7: Lock the
Apple Interactive TV Box.”
Device lights
Device button
SELECT
SELECT
Select button
ABC
GHI
PRS
JKL
TUV
DEF
ABC
MNO
GHI
WXY
PRS
JKL
TUV
DEF
MNO
WXY
Note: If your remote came with its own instructions, you can ignore them; the same
information is contained in this manual.
1
Install the two AAA alkaline batteries included with the remote control.
The battery cover on the back of the remote slides off for easy installation.
Note: When you change batteries in the Apple Multimedia Remote, you must
reprogram the remote.
WARNING When you install the batteries, make sure you orient the positive
and negative (+/–) poles correctly, as indicated in the battery compartment.
Use only non-rechargeable alkaline, nicad, or lithium batteries. Do not mix
old and new batteries; do not mix battery types (for example, do not use a
mix of carbon and alkaline batteries). Do not short-circuit the batteries.
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Determine whether your remote control requires programming.
If you have the Apple Multimedia Remote, you must program it, as described in the
next section, “Programming the Apple Multimedia Remote.”
If you have the Apple Interactive Television Remote, you don’t need to program it.
Skip ahead to “Step 7: Lock the Apple Interactive TV Box.”
Programming the Apple Multimedia Remote
The Apple Multimedia Remote can control not only the Apple Interactive TV Box,
but also many TVs, VCRs, and cable boxes. Before you can use the remote, you
must tell it what devices you have, as described below. For information on how to
use the remote control, see Chapter 2.
1
Press and release the unmarked Device button at the top right of the remote until the Apple light
comes on.
2
Press and hold the Device button again until the Apple light blinks. Then release the Device
button.
3
Press the numbers 003 on the remote control.
The device number for the remote is 003. Using that number tells the remote that
the device you want to control is the Apple Interactive TV Box.
4
Press and release the Select button.
The Apple light blinks again and then goes off, indicating that the remote is now
programmed to control the Apple Interactive TV Box. To test the remote, press its
Power button and watch the status light on the Apple Interactive TV Box. If the light
comes on, you have programmed the remote correctly.
You can program the remote for the other devices you wish to control by following a
similar procedure, as described in the next topic.
Programming the remote for other devices
For each of the other devices you wish to control with this remote, do the following:
1
Look up the brand name of the device from the lists of codes in Appendix A.
2
Press and release the Device button until the appropriate light comes on: TV, VCR, or Cable/Aux.
3
Press and hold the Device button again until the light flashes.
4
Enter the three-digit code from Appendix A.
If there’s more than one code for the device, try the first one first. If you accidentally
press the wrong numbers, you can correct the mistake simply by pressing the correct
three-digit code—the remote pays attention only to the last three digits you enter.
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5
Press and release the Select button.
The light blinks again and then goes off. If the light doesn’t blink, you entered an
invalid code. Check the brand name and code in Appendix A and try again.
To test the remote, point it at the device and press the Power button. If the device
comes on, you found the right code. If the device doesn’t come on, try programming
the device using the next appropriate code in Appendix A.
Troubleshooting for programming the remote
m If you don’t see your brand of device in the list of codes, try the other codes in the
list for that type of device. Many devices share the same codes, even though the
devices are sold under different brand names.
m After 30 seconds of inactivity, the remote control assumes you don’t want to
program it anymore. The device light goes out. You can continue programming
the remote by following the steps above.
Step 7: Lock the Apple Interactive Television Box
If you’re concerned about security, you can purchase a security cable from a
computer store (for example, a Kensington brand kit) and lock the Apple Interactive
TV Box as shown here:
1
Use your fingernail to remove the rubber insert from Apple Interactive TV Box locking port.
Rubber insert
2
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Follow the instructions that came with the security cable to lock the Apple Interactive TV Box to
a secure object.
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Using the Apple Interactive Television Box
Using your interactive video service
The interactive video service is controlled by your interactive service provider.
See the service provider’s instructions for information.
Using the remote control
Device lights
Device button
Navigation arrows
Navigation arrows
Select button
SELECT
Select button
SELECT
Volume
Channel changer
Color
Play/Pause
Play/Pause
Rewind
Fast forward
Fast forward
ABC
GHI
PRS
JKL
TUV
Rewind
DEF
ABC
MNO
WXY
GHI
Record
PRS
JKL
TUV
DEF
Cue
MNO
Stop
WXY
Review
Stop
Apple Multimedia Remote
m Can control four types of devices
Apple Interactive Television Remote
m Controls only the Apple Interactive TV Box
To use either remote control, point it at the Apple Interactive TV Box and press the
button you want. (See the table that follows for a description of the different
buttons.) Each time the Apple Interactive TV Box receives a command from the
remote control, the status light on the Apple Interactive TV Box blinks yellow.
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Button
Action
Stby/Power or Power
Turns the device on or off.
Direct Access
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Help/View
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Device
Determines which device the remote will control; the lights indicate
which device is selected; see “How to use the Apple Multimedia
Remote to control several devices” later in this chapter.
Navigation arrows
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Select
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Fast-key color buttons
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Volume
No effect on the Apple Interactive TV Box; increases the volume of the TV.
Channel changer
No effect on the Apple Interactive TV Box; changes the channel of other
devices.
Mute
No effect on the Apple Interactive TV Box; turns the sound of the TV on or off.
Play/Pause
Alternately plays and pauses a program.
Fast Forward or Cue
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Rewind or Review
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
Stop
Stops the program.
Record
No effect on the Apple Interactive TV Box; tells the VCR to start recording.
Numbers
For an ITV service, they are used to indicate choices; for other devices,
they change channels.
# and *
See the interactive service provider’s instructions.
How to use the Apple Multimedia Remote to control several devices
To control devices with the Apple Multimedia Remote:
1
Press the unmarked Device button in the upper right to select which device you want to control.
2
Use the buttons as you normally would for the device you’re controlling.
Example: To turn your TV on or off, use the Device button to select TV, and then
press the Power button.
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Notes:
m A few buttons operate a specific device regardless of which device you’ve
selected. For example, the Volume and Mute buttons always control your TV and
the Record button always controls your VCR.
m Some features on the original remote that came with your TV may not be
available with the Apple Multimedia Remote.
m Some functions may have different names. For example, the original remote that
came with your TV may say On/Off, but this remote says Power.
Using the Apple Interactive Television Box’s Power button to watch different devices
This light glows while
the Apple Interactive
TV Box is on.
Power button
POWER
Use the Power button on the front of the Apple Interactive TV Box (or the
equivalent button on the remote control) to choose the video source you want to
watch.
IMPORTANT Use the Power button on the front of the Apple Interactive TV Box or on
the remote control to turn the Apple Interactive TV Box on or off. Do not use the
switch on the back of the device.
m To use interactive TV, use the front Power button to turn on the Apple Interactive
TV Box. You know the Apple Interactive TV Box is in use when the status light is
green.
m To watch programs from your antenna, cable system, VCR, or similar device, use
the front Power button to turn off the Apple Interactive TV Box. You know the
Apple Interactive TV Box is off when the status light is yellow.
To determine how to choose among the other devices you may have connected to
your TV set, see the manuals that came with those devices. You may also want to
read the usage notes for various configurations in Appendix C in this manual.
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Using other devices with the Apple Interactive Television Box
For information on using other devices—such as a CD-ROM drive or a mouse—see
the instructions provided with the device or check the interactive service provider’s
manual.
Cleaning the Apple Interactive Television Box
From time to time you may need to clean or dust your Apple Interactive TV Box.
To clean the case:
1
Disconnect the power plug. (Pull the plug, not the cord.)
2
Wipe the surfaces lightly with a clean, soft cloth dampened with water.
WARNING Don’t use ammonia-based or alcohol-based cleaners on or around
the Apple Interactive TV Box. These cleaners can damage the case.
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Troubleshooting
This chapter offers solutions to some problems you may encounter while using the
Apple Interactive TV Box and remote control. For troubleshooting tips on using
your interactive video service, see the instructions given to you by your service
provider.
WARNING Do not attempt to repair the Apple Interactive TV Box yourself.
Do not open the Apple Interactive TV Box or attempt to change the lithium
battery inside the device. Attempting to repair the equipment yourself could
be hazardous, and will void the warranty. Contact your service provider for
additional information about this or any other warranty question.
I just switched on the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box, but the front
Power button isn’t working.
m It takes a few seconds after the main power is switched on before the Apple
Interactive TV Box is ready. When the status light on the front of the Apple
Interactive TV Box is yellow, push the front Power button and begin using the
equipment.
My TV isn’t getting signals from the antenna, cable source, VCR, or similar device.
m First, make sure the main power switch on the back of the Apple Interactive TV
Box is on. Then check to see that the Power button on the front of the equipment
is turned off. The status light must be yellow.
I can’t record a program on my VCR.
m Some pay-per-view programs are copy-protected. This means that the programs
may be scrambled if you record them.
m Compare your configuration to hookup diagrams 4, 5A and 5B, and 6 in
Appendix C. If you’re using video cables, S-Video cables, or RF cables (also
called coaxial cables or aerial leads), it’s especially important to make sure that
your antenna or cable is plugged into the Apple Interactive TV Box and that the
output of the Apple Interactive TV Box is plugged into your VCR.
m Check your VCR manual for other troubleshooting tips.
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The remote control isn’t working.
m If the remote works only when you’re close to the device, the batteries may be
weak.
Note: When you change batteries in the Apple Multimedia Remote, you will have
to reprogram it.
m If you’re using the Apple Multimedia Remote, make sure you’ve programmed it
correctly as described in Chapter 1 and that you’ve selected the device you want
using the unmarked Device button in the upper-right corner.
m If you just changed the batteries in the Apple Multimedia Remote, you will have
to reprogram the remote again by following the instructions in Chapter 1.
m Try resetting the Apple Interactive TV Box by turning it off using the main power
switch on the back. Wait 5 seconds before turning the equipment on again.
The picture on my TV is unclear.
m Make sure your connections are secure. The best way to make sure a plug is in all
the way is to remove it and then put it back in.
m Your equipment may be incorrectly connected and you are seeing a scrambled
signal from a pay-per-view, copy-protected program.
m If your hookup uses RF cables, try adjusting the RF signal. Depending on which
RF connectors you have, you can make different adjustments. In North America,
try switching between channels 3 and 4; in Europe, adjust the sensitivity or use a
Phillips screwdriver to adjust the channel between 32–40.
Channel
selector
Channel 3/4
NTSC (North America)
F-connectors
Channel
selector
Sensitivity
switch
Local/DX
PAL (Europe)
Aerial connectors
The Apple Interactive TV Box won’t turn off when I use the remote control.
m First try turning the device off by using the front Power button.
m If that doesn’t work, try resetting the Apple Interactive TV Box by turning it off
using the switch on the back. Wait 5 seconds before turning it on again.
The Apple Interactive TV Box doesn’t respond to any commands.
m Try resetting the Apple Interactive TV Box by turning it off using the switch on
the back. Wait 5 seconds before turning it on again.
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Chapter 3
Appendix A
Device Codes for the Apple Multimedia Remote
Device Table
TV Codes
Anam
AOC
Candle
Citizen
Contec
Craig
CXC
Daewoo
Daewoo
Daewoo
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Fisher
Fujitsu
Funai
Funai
Futuretech
GE
GE
GE
GE
Goldstar
Goldstar
Hitachi
Hitachi
JVC
JVC
KTV
Logik
LXI
Magnavox
Magnavox
016
000
006
009
016
016
016
000
009
012
015
016
017
019
021
022
027
015
015
016
016
029
030
031
092
000
032
033
038
046
048
016
051
079
006
053
Marantz
Memorex
MGA
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
MTC
Multitech
NEC
NEC
Onwa
Panasonic
Panasonic
Penney
Penney
Penney
Penney
Philco
Philips
Pioneer
Portland
Pulsar
Quasar
Radio Shack
Radio Shack
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
Samsung
Samsung
Sanyo
Sanyo
057
051
058
000
044
057
058
000
090
000
045
016
059
060
000
029
040
041
000
061
062
000
051
065
016
075
000
040
066
067
068
092
000
075
027
077
Scott
Scott
Scott
Scott
Sears
Sears
Sears
Sharp
Signature
Sony
Soundesign
SSS
SSS
Sylvania
Tandy
Teknika
Teknika
Teknika
Teknika
Teknika
Toshiba
Toshiba
Toshiba
Universal
Universal
Vidtech
Wards
Wards
Wards
Wards
Wards
Wards
Yamaha
Zenith
Zenith
015
016
016
021
015
041
079
083
051
084
016
000
016
088
090
000
009
015
016
051
041
079
091
029
030
000
000
015
029
030
051
092
000
051
093
continues .
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Device Table (continued)
VCR Codes
Akai
Audio
Canon
Craig
Curtis
Daewoo
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Emerson
Fisher
Funai
GE
GE
Goldstar
Harmon/Kardon
Hitachi
Hitachi
Hitachi
Hitachi
JVC
JVC
Kenwood
Magnavox
000
004
009
061
012
014
000
016
017
020
021
029
022
024
025
026
027
044
026
028
029
030
034
037
062
038
Magnavox
Memorex
MGA
Minolta
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
MTC
NAD
NEC
Panasonic
Penney
Penney
Pentax
Pentax
Pioneer
Pulsar
Quartz
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
RCA
039
040
080
029
042
043
044
045
080
061
054
050
009
028
061
028
029
054
040
062
025
026
029
055
056
057
Realistic
Realistic
Realistic
Samsung
Sanyo
Scott
Sears
Sears
Sears
Sears
Sharp
Sony
Sony
STS
Sylvania
Teknika
Toshiba
Toshiba
Totevision
Unitech
Wards
Wards
Wards
Zenith
Zenith
Zenith
058
061
062
061
062
063
028
029
062
064
065
067
068
028
080
078
063
080
061
061
028
033
061
040
082
083
000
006
017
019
022
025
027
029
Panasonic
Pioneer
Pioneer
Pioneer
Samsung
Scientific Atlanta
Scientific Atlanta
031
033
035
039
041
043
044
Scientific Atlanta
Skypix
Sylvania
Tocom
Zenith
Zenith
Zenith
049
053
054
055
058
059
060
Cable Codes
Eagle
Hosptnet
Jerrold
Jerrold
Jerrold
Oak
Oak
Oak
Apple Codes
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Appendix A
Apple combination
(Apple TV system, CD-ROM drive)
000
Apple TV systems
001
Apple CD-ROM drive
002
Apple Interactive TV Box
003
Appendix B
Cables and Connectors
This appendix shows many of the cables and connectors you might use with the
Apple Interactive TV Box and lists the different names each might be called.
RF cables and connectors
Though RF stands for radio frequency, RF cables today are widely used to carry
television signals. Chances are, your cable company uses RF cables to connect to
your TV or VCR. RF cable is rated at 75 ohms. North America and Europe have
different standards for RF cables and jacks.
In North America, RF cables and connectors look like this:
RF cable with F-connectors
also known as
Coaxial cable with F-connectors,
coax cable,
F-to-F antenna connecting cable,
F-to-F VCR hookup cable,
CATV (cable TV) wires
RF connector
also known as
RF In, RF Out
CATV (cable TV)
In Europe, RF cables and connectors look like this:
RF cable with aerial connectors
also known as
TV-to-VCR aerial cables,
aerial leads
RF connector
also known as
RF In, RF Out
aerial connector
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North America: Higher-quality audio-visual connections
In North America, higher-quality equipment uses specialized cables to carry the
audio and visual signals between different components. Equipment like this uses two
cables (sometimes attached to each other for convenience) to carry the left and right
audio signals, and another cable to carry the video signal—either a composite video
cable or an S-Video cable. Many people think S-Video offers a superior picture.
Audio cables
also known as
RCA-to-RCA video/audio cable,
dubbing cable
(the right cable is usually red)
Left/right audio jacks
S-Video cable
also known as
separate video cable,
separate VHS dubbing cable
S-Video jack
also known as
separate video jack
Video cable
also known as
composite video cable,
RCA-to-RCA video/audio cable,
dubbing cable
(this cable is identical to the left
and right audio cables)
Video jack
also known as
composite video jack
Europe: Higher-quality audio-visual connections
In Europe, higher-quality equipment uses a single SCART cable to carry both the
audio and visual signals, as well as other information. (SCART is a French acronym
for the name of the society that created the standard on which the cable is based.)
Unlike other systems, a single SCART connector and cable can send and receive
information.
SCART Cable
also known as
Euroconnector cable,
Peritel (peripheral television) cable
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Appendix B
SCART connector
also known as
Euroconnector,
Peritel connector
Other cables
The HDI-30 cable is used to connect CD-ROM drives and other computer devices to
the Apple Interactive TV Box:
HDI-30 SCSI cable
SCSI port
The Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) cable is used to connect computer mouse devices,
joysticks, and other input devices to the Apple Interactive TV Box:
ADB cable
also known as
Apple Desktop Bus cable,
Input cable
ADB port
The serial cable is used to connect printers, modems, and other serial devices to the
Apple Interactive TV Box:
Serial cable
also known as
Apple System/Peripheral 8 cable
Serial port
The RJ-45 cable is used to connect the Apple Interactive TV Box to an interactive
service:
RJ-45 cable
RJ-45 connector
Cables and Connectors
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Appendix C
Hookup Diagrams
This appendix contains a number of diagrams that show how to connect the
Apple Interactive TV Box to your TV set and other video devices you may have. It
also gives usage notes on how to use the different devices in each arrangement
(configuration).
m Hookup 1: TV with an aerial or F-connector
m Hookup 2: TV with a composite video or an S-Video connector
m Hookup 3: TV with a SCART connector
m Hookup 4: TV and VCR with aerial or F-connectors
m Hookup 5A: TV and VCR with composite video connectors
m Hookup 5B: TV and VCR with composite video and S-Video connectors
m Hookup 6: TV and VCR with SCART connectors
m Other hookups
After you finish connecting your equipment, remember to return to Chapter 1.
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Hookup 1: TV with an aerial or F-connector
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m either a coaxial cable with F-connectors (common in North America) or a VCRto-TV aerial cable (common in Europe/Australia); see “How to Tell Which RF
Connectors You Have” at the end of this appendix
TV
Cable/Antenna
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
From cable, cable
box, or antenna
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box. (2) This illustration shows F-connectors, which
are common in North America; aerial connectors are common in Europe/Australia.
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Appendix C
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m In North America, turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power
button on the front panel or on the remote control) and tune your TV to
channel 3 or 4.
m In Europe, turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button
on its front panel or on the remote control) and tune your TV to channel
32–40.
To watch TV:
m Turn off the Apple Interactive TV Box, using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
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Hookup 2: TV with a composite video or an S-Video connector
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m two audio cables (if they come in pairs, you’ll need one pair)
m one composite video cable or one S-Video cable; S-Video cables deliver a better
picture
TV
S-Video
L
Cable/Antenna
Use one composite video cable
or one S-Video cable
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
AUDIO
Video
R
From cable,
cable box,
or antenna
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box. (2) This illustration shows F-connectors, which
are common in North America; aerial connectors are common in Europe/Australia. (3) You can use either S-Video or
composite video cables. You don’t need both.
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control) and set your TV to the Video or S-Video
source. On many TVs, this means selecting LINE as your source.
To watch TV:
m Follow the instructions that came with your TV. On many TVs, this means
selecting ANTENNA as the source.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
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Appendix C
Hookup 3: TV with a SCART connector
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m one SCART cable
TV
From cable,
cable box,
or antenna
Aerial In
SCART
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Local/DX
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used in Europe.
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on its front
panel or on the remote control).
To watch TV:
m Turn off the Apple Interactive TV Box.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
33
Hookup 4: TV and VCR with aerial or F-connectors
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m either two coaxial cables with F-connectors (common in North America) or two
VCR-to-TV aerial cables (common in Europe/Australia); see “How to Tell Which
RF Connectors You Have” at the end of this appendix
TV
Cable/Antenna
VCR
RF Out
RF In
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
From cable, cable
box, or antenna
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box. (2) This illustration shows F-connectors, which
are common in North America; aerial connectors are common in Europe/Australia.
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Appendix C
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control) and tune your TV to channel 3 or 4 in
North America, or to channel 32–40 in Europe.
To watch TV or the VCR:
m Turn off the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on its front
panel or on the remote control).
To record a program from the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Press Record on your VCR while watching the program. (Note: Some payper-view programs are copy-protected. This means that the programs may
be scrambled if you record them. To watch these programs, turn off your
VCR.)
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
35
Hookup 5A: TV and VCR with composite video connectors
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m one coaxial cable with F-connectors
m three Y-adapter cables
TV
RF Out
S-Video Out
Video Out
R
AUDIO
L
OUT
RF In
S-Video In
Video In
R
L
IN
VCR
RF Out
From cable,
cable box,
or antenna
S-Video Out
Video Out
R
AUDIO
L
OUT
RF In
S-Video In
Video In
R
L
IN
Y-adapter cables (3)
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box. (2) This illustration shows F-connectors, which
are common in North America; aerial connectors are common in Europe/Australia.
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Appendix C
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control).
m Turn off the VCR.
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to the Apple Interactive TV Box. For
example, if you connected the Apple Interactive TV Box to the Video 1
source, switch to Video 1.
To watch your VCR:
m Turn on the VCR and switch its VCR/TV selector to VCR.
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to TV, and tune the TV to channel
3 or 4.
To watch TV:
m Turn off the VCR (or switch its VCR/TV selector to TV).
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to TV.
To record a program from the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Press Record on the VCR while the program is on.
m To watch the program on TV while you’re recording, switch the VCR’s
VCR/TV selector to VCR. Set the TV’s source input selector to TV.
Note: Some pay-per-view programs are copy-protected. Such programs may
be scrambled if you record them. To watch these programs, switch the TV’s
source input selector to the Apple Interactive TV Box.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
37
Hookup 5B: TV and VCR with composite and S-Video connectors
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m two audio cables (if they come in pairs, you’ll need two pairs)
m two composite video cables and one S-Video cable
m two Y-adapter cables
TV
S-Video Out
Video Out
R AUDIO L
OUT
RF Out
S-Video In
Video In
RF In
S-Video In
Video In
IN
R
L
IN
VCR
RF Out
From cable,
cable box,
or antenna
S-Video Out
AUDIO
Video Out
OUT
RF In
S-Video In
Video In
R
L
IN
Y-adapter cables (2)
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box. (2) This illustration shows F-connectors, which
are common in North America; aerial connectors are common in Europe/Australia.
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Appendix C
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control).
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to the Apple Interactive TV Box. For
example, if you connected the Apple Interactive TV Box to the Video 1
source, switch to Video 1.
To watch your VCR:
m Turn on the VCR and switch its VCR/TV selector to VCR. Switch the VCR
line selector to Line.
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to VCR.
To watch TV:
m Turn off the VCR (or switch its VCR/TV selector to TV).
m Switch the TV’s source input selector to TV.
To record a program from the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Press Record on the VCR while the program is on.
m To watch the program on TV while you’re recording, switch the VCR’s
VCR/TV selector to VCR. Set the TV’s source input selector to VCR.
Note: Some pay-per-view programs are copy-protected. Such programs may
be scrambled if you record them. To watch these programs, switch the TV’s
source input selector to the Apple Interactive TV Box.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
39
Hookup 6: TV and VCR with SCART connectors
Cables you need:
m the cable from your antenna or cable system
m one VCR-to-TV aerial cable
m two SCART cables
TV
Aerial In
SCART
From cable,
cable box,
or antenna
VCR
Aerial In
SCART
Aerial Out
Apple Interactive TV Box
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Local/DX
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Connection notes: SCART connectors are used only in Europe.
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Appendix C
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Usage notes:
To watch the Apple Interactive TV Box:
m Make sure the main power on the back of the Apple Interactive TV Box is
switched on and the front status light is yellow.
m Turn on the Apple Interactive TV Box (using the Power button on the front
panel or on the remote control).
To watch TV or the VCR:
m Turn off the Apple Interactive TV Box.
To record a program:
m Press Record on your VCR while watching the program. Note: Some payper-view programs are copy-protected. Such programs may be scrambled if
you record them.
After you finish with your hookup, remember to return to Chapter 1.
Hookup Diagrams
41
Other hookups
If you want to connect other sorts of equipment, you may need to know how
different sorts of signals enter and exit the Apple Interactive TV Box.
m If the signal comes into the RF In port, it exits only from the RF Out port.
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
m If the program originates from the Network port, it is available from any of the
output ports.
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
m If the signal comes into the SCART ports, it exits only from the SCART ports.
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
m If the program originates from the SCSI port, it is available from any of the
output ports.
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box.
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Appendix C
How to tell which RF connectors you have
SCSI
SCART/VCR
SCART/TV
Channel 3/4
Audio
RF Out
RF Out
RF In
Channel 3/4
RF Out
RF In
Network
Serial
S-Video
Video
Right
Left
RF In
Local/DX
Connection notes: (1) SCART connectors are used only in Europe. SCART ports shown in the illustration may not
appear on North American versions of the Apple Interactive TV Box.
Hookup Diagrams
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Appendix D
Technical Specifications
Status light
m Red (steady): main power is switched on; the Apple Interactive TV Box is
undergoing self-test checks
m Yellow: main power is switched on, but the Apple Interactive TV Box is not
currently in use
m Green: the Apple Interactive TV Box is on and in use
m Red (flashing): the Apple Interactive TV Box is not working correctly
Power
Universal power supply:
m From 90 volts to 240 volts
m From 50 Hertz to 60 Hertz
Weight
m 7 lbs. (2.6 kg)
Dimensions
m 15.6 in. wide x 11.4 in. deep x 2.2 in. high (395 mm x 290 mm x 56 mm)
Operating temperatures
Temperature is given in Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F).
m 10° C to 40° C (50° F to 104° F)
Storage temperatures
m –40° C to 47° C (–40° F to 116° F)
TV Standards for RF Ports
m If RF ports have aerial connectors: PAL
m If RF ports have F connectors: NTSC
45
Video decompression standard
m MPEG-2 Transport containing ISO11172 (MPEG-1) bit streams
Input and output ports
m INPUT: Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
m SCART: two 21-pin EURO-SCART
m RF IN and RF OUT: 75 ohms; either PAL aerial connectors tuned to channels
32–40 or NTSC F-connectors tuned to channel 3 or 4
m Network: RJ-45 connector for either E1 data stream on PAL devices or T1 data
stream on NTSC devices
m Serial: requires Apple System/Peripheral 8 Cable
m S-Video: Separate Video output
m Video: RCA jack, composite video output
m Audio: RCA jacks, left and right stereo output
m SCSI: HDI-30
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Appendix D
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