How to Connect DVD Player to Satellite TV

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How to Connect DVD Player to Satellite TV
Add a DVD player and satellite receiver to the mix. (black lcd silver image by Nicemonkey from Fotolia.com)

In the old days, you would install your satellite receiver box to your VCR then connect your VCR to your television. That installation was standard. However, times have changed: Your satellite receiver and your DVD player must be connected to the television separately using different video inputs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • HDMI cable
  • or
  • Component video cables (green/blue/red) and RCA audio cables (red/white)
  • or
  • RCA audio/video cables (yellow/red/white)

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Instructions

    Determine your Connection

  1. 1

    Search for an HDMI port. HDMI ports are long, flat and rectangular. These are preferred, since one wire will cover all of your audio and video needs. This port needs to be present on both your device and on your television.

  2. 2

    Search for a set of component video ports. These will be three ports and colour-coded green, blue and red. If you locate component video ports, then locate the associated RCA audio ports; these will be red and white. Other than HDMI, component video is the only cable capable of transmitting HD or Progressive Scan video. These ports need to be present on both your device and on your television.

  3. 3

    Search for a set of RCA audio/video ports. There will be three total ports and colour-coded yellow red and white. Use these only if the above two aren't available.

    Using HDMI

  1. 1

    Insert your HDMI wire into the HDMI output on your device (satellite receiver or DVD player).

  2. 2

    Insert the HDMI wire into the HDMI input on your television.

  3. 3

    Using your television remote, cycle through your video modes until you reach your HDMI port. Look on your remote for a button labelled something like "Source" or "TV/Video" or "Input". If you're having trouble, check your television's manual.

    Using Component Video

  1. 1

    Insert your component video cables into the outputs of your device (DVD player or satellite receiver). These will be red, green and blue in colour; make sure you use the right colour-coding. Then insert your RCA audio cables into the adjacent audio outputs; these will be red and white.

  2. 2

    Insert your component video cables and RCA audio cables into the inputs on your television, again making sure to mind the colour coding.

  3. 3

    Using your television remote, cycle through your video modes until you reach your component video ports. Look on your remote for a button labelled something like "Source" or "TV/Video" or "Input". If you're having trouble, check your television's manual.

    Using RCA Audio/Video Cables

  1. 1

    Connect your RCA audio/video (A/V) cables into the outputs on your device (DVD player or satellite receiver). These will be yellow, red and white. Connect, making sure to use the appropriate colour-coding.

  2. 2

    Connect the other ends of the RCA A/V wires to the RCA inputs on the back of your television. Again, make sure to mind the colour-coding.

  3. 3

    Using your television remote, cycle through your video modes until you reach your RCA A/V port. Look on your remote for a button labelled something like "Source" or "TV/Video" or "Input". Check your television's manual if you're having trouble.

Tips and warnings

  • If with the component video and RCA A/V options you have sound but no picture or vice-versa, check to make sure you used the right ports. There may be additional inputs that are associated with other video modes; you may have accidentally used the wrong ones.

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