If you love going to the cinema but don’t like the additional expenses of drinks and popcorn and the hassle of watching a movie with noisy strangers, then purchasing a DVD player might be perfect for you.
After you successfully hook up a DVD to TV, you will enjoy your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home. There are multiple ways a DVD Player can be connected to a TV: HDMI, Composite, Component, or S-Video cable.
To be sure that your DVD player is compatible with your television, be sure to check which types of connections your TV supports prior to buying a DVD or Blu-Ray player. This will help you avoid needless hassle later. Once the DVD or Blu-Ray connection is established, you will select the correct “input” on your TV.
How to connect your DVD Player to TV easily?
Connecting DVD to TV takes a few simple steps and can be successfully done in minutes, especially if you are experienced or have a helping guide.
Step 1: Check the Connectivity Ports and Cables
Before connecting a DVD player to TV, make sure that both devices are turned off and unplugged. Start by connecting the cable to the rear of the DVD player. The age of the DVD player and the television will help you determine the type of cable you need.
Locate the correct port and plug the cable located that the back of the DVD player. For your ease, the different types of connectivity found on a DVD and TV have been detailed below:
HDMI: HDMI cables are one of the most commonly used ports in modern high-definition HD televisions and DVD and Blu-ray players. If your DVD offers an HDMI connection, you will find it as a single port labeled “HDMI.” You will need an HDMI cable for DVD player designed to fit in the port shape at the back of the TV and DVD.
HDMI’s ability to provide loss-less transmission and a higher quality video at low brightness makes it a popular choice among TV and DVD users alike.
Component: Another connection that supports HD video is Component but lacks the simplicity of HDMI. The cable will have five color-coded connectors, and you must match the input jacks to the output jacks on the DVD player. Two of the five connectors are dedicated for the audio, so be sure to match the color-coded cables to the ports to get audio and video.
Composite: Composite cables (also known as “AV” or “RCA” cables) are now obsolete. These cables were designed specifically for standard definition (SD) videos. Thus they do not support HD video quality. Like Component cables, the composite cables have one yellow-colored video connector and two red and white connectors for audio. Plug the yellow-colored cable into the yellow-colored port on the rear on the DVD player, as well as plug the white and red colored cables into the white and red ports on the back of the DVD player.
Composite connections are easier, but they provide a lower quality of video and audio. It is also an older type of connectivity, which is quickly being replaced by newer and better technology.
S-Video: S-Video is another older format on its way out because it does not meet the high definition video and audio standards of today. Although it is more superior to Composite connection, it doesn’t support high-definition video, which means it lags behind HDMI and Component.
S-Video cables have four pins as well as a small tab. Similar to Component and Composite ports, you have to match the pins to the jacks located at the back of the DVD player and plug it in. There is also a dedicated audio cable with two ports colored red and white in addition to the S-Video cable.
S-Video is one of the oldest types of connections, and it does not support audio for which you will require a separate audio cable. Most modern TVs no long offer S-Video connectivity.
Step 2: Connect the Cable
Connect the cables to the rear of the TV
Based on the kind of cables that you are using to connect the DVD player to your TV, ensure that you plug-in the pin to the correct ports. Plug the HDMI cable pin in the port labeled as “HDMI” and plug the component and composite cables to the color-coded ports on the rear of the TV. And then connect the S-Video cables to the S-Video port.
In the newer technology, TVs often have a shared component/composite port. In such a case, you can connect the yellow composite cable to the green port on the TV’s back.
Step 3: Plug-In Your TV & DVD Player
Once you have connected the cables to the back of the TV and the DVD or Blu-ray player, it is time to plug in both appliances and turn them on. If you don’t have an electrical outlet for both the TV and DVD player, then use a power-strip.
After your television has turned on, use the TV remote to locate the source on the TV through which your DVD or Blu-ray is connected. Look for the startup screen of the DVD and Blu-ray players.
There you have it! You have successfully connected your DVD player to your TV.