Can I connect my macbook pro via HDMI cable directly to my 780p tv which has an HDMI input and watch shows/movies purchased from iTunes?

13 inch macbook pro v10.6.4

Belkin HDMI to HDMI Cable

Belkin HDMI to HDMI Cable

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    The Macbook Pro has many configurations and two types of video outputs. The original MacBookPro core duos and core2 duos came with a DVI-I to 'VGA' analog cable that will connect to most 720p or 1080p monitors and give a very good quality picture. You would need to purchase a DVI-I to HDMI cable for true HD and these are available from Apple and many other sources for very reasonable prices. (I've seen them for under $10.00) Sidenote: (I am told that your MBP will need an ATI Radeon X 1900 card or better for full HD and the earliest 13" and 15.4" MBP's had X1600 cards) You will have to connect your audio separately from the combination digital/analog headphone jack to the appropriate inputs of your audio system. I use a mini stereo to a L-R analog RCA audio cable for stereo sound and this is fine for my general use. However my audio system does support S/PDIF (Sony,Philips digital interface) and toshiba link (Toslink) connectors so I am anxious to try these for my audio in the near future.

    The new i5 and i7 powered MacbookPro has a mini-display port or mini -DVI and requires a mini-display port to female HDMI and then once again a digital or analog audio cable from Apple or third party vendors for audio. This should be a good start. Enjoy your Netflix and iTunes purchases.