DVDs come in several formats, including DVD-R, DVD+R, and DVD-RW. Be sure to check the back of your disc for this information. Some newer TVs may require you to use a specific type of disc in order for it to function properly when connected with compatible equipment.
You can find out what kind of disc is required by checking with your television’s manufacturer or through research online.
The first DVD was released by the Victor Company of Japan (JVC) on Dec. 2, 1996. DVDs are similar to CDs in that they store digital data from a variety of sources onto a plastic disc. DVDs also use “regions” to limit access to the disc according to location and may be encoded for either NTSC or PAL television systems.
There are many different ways to connect a DVD player to your smart TV. Connecting the two is simple and will result in an efficient, high-quality video playback experience.
Things You’ll Need:
Video Cables (Composite)
Audio Cables (Red and White)
Step 1 – Video Cables
Connect one end of a video cable into the “video out” jack on the back of the television. Connect the other end’s red plug into the red “R” jack on a free input on your DVD player or receiver box.
Connect the white plug from another cable into the white “Y” jack from your DVD player or receiver. Turn your TV on and change the input to point to the free, unassigned input you connected the cable into.
“Note”: You may need to purchase additional video cables or audio-video cables if your TV does not have separate components for “R” and “Y.”
Step 2 – Audio Cables
Connect one end of an audio cable to the red “R” jack on your DVD player or receiver box. Connect another cable’s other end into any available red or white “Audio Out/L/R” port on your television.
Connect one end of an additional audio cable into the white “Y” jack from your DVD player or receiver. Connect another cable’s other end into any available red or white “Audio Out/L/R” port on your television.
Step 3 – Checking Your Connections
Now that you have connected the cables, it is time to turn the TV and DVD player on. Change the input channel until you reach the free, unassigned channel to which you connected your video cable into.
You should see a picture playing through this channel. If this does not occur, check all of your connections again for possible issues.
Step 4 – Connecting Other Components
If you wish to connect additional components such as an Xbox or VCR, use the same process to connect these devices below:
– Xbox or Playstation 2 – Repeat Step 1 to attach a video cable from the “video out” jack on the back of your Xbox/Playstation to the “video in” jack of your television.
– VCR or DVD Recorder – Connect a standard video cable into the “video out” jack on the back of your VCR and into any free input on your television. If you are using a DVD recorder, connect both composite cables (red, white) into the respective jacks on the back of your device before connecting them into any available red or white “Audio Out/L/R” ports on your TV.
Connect DVD Player to TV FAQs
– Do I need to connect my DVD player to my TV?
Yes. DVDs are meant to be played on a TV screen, though it is possible for them to play on computer monitors with the use of an appropriate cable or adapter.
– What do I need in order to connect my DVD player to my TV?
It depends on what you want out of the connection. If you just wish to play DVDs, then all that is needed is an AV cable (red and white plugs for left and right audio channels).
However, if your goal is for your games console’s content (Xbox) or VHS tapes (VCR) also show up through your system, you will additionally need standard video cables.
– Can I connect my DVD player to my TV without an AV cable?
Yes, but this would require your TV or DVD player to have a monitor out jack. The monitor out jack transmits the video signal from other devices through it to be displayed on the television screen.
– Do I need anything else other than an AV cable in order to watch DVDs on my TV?
No other equipment is needed unless you are using one of the aforementioned connections which also sends game or VHS signals along with the DVD signal.
– My TV doesn’t have AV inputs, how do I connect things?
This depends on your needs and what you want out of your connection. Most TVs will come equipped with at least component or S-video ports on the back for additional devices to be attached. However, if you do not want to use these connections, your only option is a switch box.
– What is a switch box?
A switch box allows multiple video signals from different sources to be played through one TV. For example, if you have a VCR and Xbox both connected with AV cables and wish to play either of these on your TV, you can hook them both into the switch box instead of having to connect each individual device to the TV directly.
– My DVD player has an HDMI port on it, should I use that instead of a regular AV cable?
Yes – if your TV also has an HDMI port on it or if your DVD player has an HDMI port and you have an HDMI cable for it. Otherwise, no – using a standard AV cable is just as good as using an HDMI cable.
– My TV only has one set of red/white/yellow ports on the back, what do I plug my devices into?
It depends on your connection needs. If they are all going to be played through the TV simultaneously, then you should connect them to those ports.
However, if they are not going to be played at the same time (DVD player will only play DVDs and VCR will only play VHS tapes), you can either purchase a switch box or use a combination of composite cables and separate audio cables in order to provide content from each device independently.