How to Connect a DVD Player to a Sony HDTV

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There are several ways to connect a DVD player to your Sony HDTV, and the option you choose will depend largely upon your DVD player. Newer DVD players can be connected using "S" video cables, "HDMI" cables or "Component" video cables. Older DVD players can connect using standard audio/visual cables, also known as "RCA" cables. RCA cables offer basic picture quality, while S-video, component video and HDMI cables offer a higher quality picture if your DVD player is compatible with those formats. The directions below apply to a Sony Bravia HDTV. Your Sony HDTV may have slightly different options when it comes to selecting the video input, depending upon the model.

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Things you need

  • RCA video cable or
  • Component video cable or
  • S-video cable or
  • HDMI cable

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Instructions

    Connecting Standard DVD Player

  1. 1

    Turn off power to both the HDTV and the DVD player.

  2. 2

    Connect the red, white and yellow ends of the RCA cable to the corresponding colour ports on the back of your DVD player where it says "Video Out."

  3. 3

    Connect the other ends of the RCA cable to the back of your HDTV where it says "Video In." Some HDTV sets have a Video In port on the side of the set.

  4. 4

    Power on the HDTV and the DVD player. On the Sony HDTV remote select "TV/Video." A list of options will appear on the screen. Scroll down and select "Video 2." On your TV screen your should now see the DVD logo.

    Connecting Hi-Def DVD Player With Component Cables

  1. 1

    Turn power off to both the DVD player and the Sony HDTV.

  2. 2

    Connect the red, green and blue ends of the component cable to the corresponding colour ports on the back of the hi-definition DVD player labelled "Component Out."

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the red, green and blue component cable to the back of the HDTV. These ports are labelled either "Video In," "Component In," "Y Pr Pb" (for progressive scan DVD players) or "Y Cr Cb" (for regular, older DVD players). The label might vary from model to model.

  4. 4

    Turn on your HDTV and then the hi-definition DVD player.

  5. 5

    Select TV/Video on your HDTV remote and scroll down your options and select "Component 1." The DVD screen should appear on your Sony HDTV screen.

    Connect DVD Player With HDMI Cables

  1. 1

    Turn power off to both the DVD player and the Sony HDTV.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the back of your HDMI DVD player.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the HDMI cord to an HDMI port on the back of your HDTV.

  4. 4

    Turn on your HDTV and then the hi-def DVD player.

  5. 5

    Select "TV/Video" on your HDTV remote. Scroll down your input options and select "HDMI 2." If you have an HDMI set-top box (cable box) that is probably occupying your HDMI 1 spot. The DVD player screen should appear on your HDTV.

    Connect DVD Player With S-video Cable

  1. 1

    Turn power off to both the DVD player and the HDTV.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the S-video cable to the "S Video Out" port on the back of your DVD player.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the "S Video In" port on the back of your HDTV.

  4. 4

    Turn on your HDTV and then the DVD player.

  5. 5

    Select "TV/Video" on your HDTV remote, and then select the input option that displays the S-video icon next to it. This selection is called "Video 1" on a Sony Bravia. The DVD player screen should appear on your TV.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are having trouble receiving a picture or sound, consult the owner's manual for both your DVD player and your HDTV.
  • Never connect and disconnect cables to your Sony HDTV or DVD player with the power on, as this increases your risk of electric shock.

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