How to Connect a DVD Player With a Direct TV Satellite Receiver

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How to Connect a DVD Player With a Direct TV Satellite Receiver
The back panel of a DVD player, showing the audio/video connectors. (DVD back panel image by Vasyl Dudenko from

Satellite TV offers a wide range of television programming, from TV shows and movies to special events, all available 24 hours a day. Not everything is available at once however, and even with the large amount of pay-per-view and on-demand programming available through satellite TV, you're still subject to the TV provider's schedule. Adding a DVD player to your satellite TV hookup can help ease the problem a bit, opening up the deep catalogue of DVD video offerings for viewing to supplement your TV provider's choices. Connecting the DVD player to your satellite receiver requires a few minutes only, along with the running of a couple of cables. Once you finish though, you'll be able to seamlessly choose between DVD programming and satellite, enjoying a much wider offering of video content than that available with either technology alone.

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Things you need

  • 2, RF Coaxial cables
  • DVD player
  • Satellite receiver box
  • 2, Audio/Video cables
  • S-video, Component, or HDMI video cables
  • TV

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  1. 1

    Attach the RF coaxial cable from the wall jack to DVD player, attaching it to the "Signal input" coax connector of your DVD player.

  2. 2

    Run a RF coaxial cable from the DVD player to the satellite receiver, attaching the DVD end of the cable to the "Coax Output" connection of the DVD player and the receiver end of the cable to the "Satellite In" coaxial connector in the rear of the receiver box.

  3. 3

    Connect the two audio/video cables from the satellite receiver to the audio inputs of the television. Make sure you connect them according to audio signal side, left output from the receiver to the left input on the television, and right output to the right input.

  4. 4

    Connect the S-video, component or HDMI cables from the receiver to the television to carry the video signal. Each cable type is capable of carrying a higher-quality video signal, with S-video capable of standard definition television and component and HDMI cables capable of carrying high-definition television signals. When using component cables, make sure to match the red, green and blue outputs on the receiver with the red, green and blue inputs on the television, using a single cable for each matching connection.

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