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Connect DVD Player and Cable TV box to TV. 

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What connections will I find on a DVD Player and a Stereo TV?

Composite Video:
An analog interface that uses a RCA style plug connection for 1 video (Yellow) connectors and jacks. It is also called Baseband. Composite only supports displaying video in 480i. High-Definition is not supported. A Composite connection will provide better video quality than an RF connection. The yellow composite video connection is used for VCR and standard TV hookups as well as other video connections such as a camcorder to a TV. Typically you will use 2 Audio (Red and White) connectors and jacks to provide the analog sound as the yellow connection is only video.

An analog interface that uses a 4-pin connection for video only. It is also called Y/C. An audio connection can be completed by using the Composite (Red and White) audio connections. S-Video only supports displaying video in 480i. An S-Video connection will provide better video quality than an RF connection.

Component Video:
An analog interface that uses a 3 wire connection for 3 components of the video (Red, Green, Blue). It is also called YPbPr. Component supports displaying video in 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. High-Definition is supported. An audio connection can be completed by using the Composite audio connections or SPDIF connections.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface):
A digital interface that uses a multi-pin connection for video and audio. HDMI supports video in 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i / 1080p. High-Definition is supported. The HDTV must support HDCP, otherwise the screen will be blank, without audio. Video between DVI-D and HDMI ports is compatible with a physical adapter, but audio would need to be connected separately. Generally HDMI is replacing DVI as a video interface.

A digital audio connection using either a coaxial connection with RCA connectors or an optical connection using multi-mode fiber. SPDIF supports stereo and surround sound audio.

Coax cable:
Coaxial cable carries both video and audio and connects using the F type connector. The RG-59 version has a thinner wire conductor so it is better to use the RG-6 version which has a thicker wire conductor.

• Learn more about cable types: Cable Types

DVD Player to TV Hookup

This hookup diagram shows a simple video and audio connection from a DVD Player to a stereo TV.
If your TV does not have RCA audio/video inputs, you have to use a RF Modulator to connect DVD player to TV.


o DVD signal source IN.
o TV set with A/V inputs.
o One set of Audio RCA cables (1-red & 1-white audio).
o One composite video (yellow) cable.

You need to select on the TV set the proper input for the DVD player connection. Every TV will label their inputs differently but typically there will be a button on the TV remote control or a button on the TV itself which will, with each push, select another input. The TV screen should show each input as it is selected by a name such as VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2 etc. or LINE 1, LINE 2, or DVD, S-VHS. Keep pushing the button (usually labeled VIDEO or INPUT SELECT) until you see the screen from the DVD Player. (Power on the DVD Player first)

Cable Box hookup to TV

Your Cable TV converter box can connect to your TV using a second set of audio/video input jacks.
Select the input on the TV for the cable box when you want to watch TV programming.

Select the input on the TV for cable TV or DVD using TV remote.

Component to HDMI Adapter

If DVD player has component video output and TV only has HDMI inputs.

Component Video Cables

If your TV only has one RCA input, use a switchbox to connect multiple devices.

HDMI cable connection:

Newer TVs, cable tv receivers, and other audio/video gear can use HDMI connections to achieve high resolution video. HDMI can transmit audio and video on one cable connection.

HDMI cable connections

TV HDMI input 1 is selected for cable box
TV HDMI input 2 is selected for DVD
Use TV remote to select input source

Soundbar connection

A soundbar with HDMI inputs and a HDMI ARC/eARC output to the TV can enhance your sound experience from a source device such as DVD player or Satellite or Cable TV receiver or streaming device. Select the correct input source on the soundbar and TV.

Connection diagram for soundbar, DVD, Cable box

Switch Box for 3 devices to TV with only one RCA input.

This connection diagram shows a DVD player, Cable TV box, VCR and over-the-air TV converter box all hooked up to an older TV with only a RF input by using RF modulators and a signal splitter/combiner.

Coax RG-6 Cable

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