How to Connect an HDMI DVD Player to a TV With No HDMI Connection

Updated February 21, 2017

Though not the standard quite yet, HDMI, which is a type of connection that allows for high-definition video transfer, has become quite popular and has been implemented into many DVD players. This can create a problem, however, as it's very possible that while your DVD player has an HDMI output, your television set may not have an HDMI input, thus rendering it useless. However, with a special adaptor and some cables, you can hook a DVD player with an HDMI output up to a television set with no HDMI input.

Connect the DVD player's HDMI output to the video converter's HDMI input via the HDMI cable.

Depending on the video input on the TV you wish to use, or whatever is available on your TV, connect either the S-video, composite video or DVI output of the converter to the corresponding video input of your TV using that particular cable. Almost all TVs have S-video and composite video inputs, though DVI is only available on newer TVs. Consult your owner's manual to find out exactly which ports your TV is equipped with. Note that DVI is capable of high-definition video transfer but not audio.

Set the TV to the proper video channel, which corresponds to whatever video input you selected, and start the DVD player. The video should begin streaming on TV. It works by converting the HDMI video signal going into the converter and scaling it down to a video signal capable of being transmitted through the S-video, DVI or composite inputs.


There are several different types of converters available, including ones that only have one type of video input, but they all do the same basic thing and can be hooked up using the exact same procedures mentioned above. Please note that if image quality is what's most important to you, then try to use DVI, which transfers high-definition video but not sound. To get sound with your picture, attach the DVD player's audio outputs up to an external audio source like a surround sound system or speakers.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI-to-composite, -S-video or -DVI converter
  • HDMI cable
  • S-Video, DVI or composite video cable


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Brenton Shields began writing professionally in 2009. His work includes film reviews that appear for the online magazine Los Angeles Chronicle. He received a Bachelor of Science in social science and history from Radford University.