I have a relatively old 32 inch Samsung smart tv with integrated satellite/cable tuner. It has coax and optical out but no HDMI ARC. I am also relatively sure (but not certain) that it does not have HDMI passthrough. I exclusively watch live TV through the built-in tuner (no external box) and use my AppleTV 3rd gen. for Netflix etc connecte via HDMI. We also use the TV with a Nintendo Switch which is also connected via HDMI.
As I understand it, as my TV has no ARC, I would have to connect to a Beam via optical. As my TV likely has no passthrough, I guess I would have to connect my AppleTV and Switch to an HDMI switch with ARC out. However, I am not clear on whether I can connect to the Beam via optical and HDMI ARC at the same time. If not, it would seem that I would be unable to watch TV using the build-in tuner and would have to use an external set-top box.
Does anyone have a suggestion or any advice?!
Best answer by melvimbe
Since you are unsure of what your TV can do, I'd make sure that whatever you buy comes with a good return policy. If pass through works, then you have a pretty straightforward setup. If it doesn't then you'll likely need a few switches.
1 - An HDMI switch with optical output. With this you can take the HDMI outputs from your Apple TV and Nintendo Switch into an HDMI out to the TV and optical out.
2 - An Optical switch. With this you can take optical signals from both the Apple TV/Switch and your TV (when using the internal tuner)
The links provided are just examples. I'm not specifically endorsing these products. Also, we're talking a lot of adapters, it's not exactly elegant and easy to use, forcing you to you multiple small remotes to do relatively simple tasks.