How to Connect a DVD Player to a Smart TV? — All Available Options + Guide

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Connecting your DVD player to your smart TV adds another level of convenience to your viewing experience. However, not all DVD players are compatible with smart TVs. Are you unsure if yours will work with your existing system? Know how to determine and more with this professional guide on how to connect a DVD player to a smart TV.

Available Connections on Your DVD Player and Smart TV

HDMI Connection

The first thing to do is to inspect your DVD player to see the kinds of video hookups that it has. If you recently purchased your DVD player, it most certainly has an HDMI connection. In this instance, proceed with our experts’ instructions below to connect it to your smart TV.

  1. Connect the output of an HDMI cable to the DVD player’s backside.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable to the TV’s opposite end.
  3. Keep an eye on both ends to ensure that it is stable. HDMI connections transmit both audio and visual signals to either end.
  4. Power on the DVD player and the television. Check the signals thoroughly. The DVD player signal should display on the television screen.

Composite Video Out and Component Video Out

Composite Video Out

The majority of smart TVs still have one composite video port. You should notice an analog video signal that is called a yellow RCA socket at the back of the TV. It also provides a stereo audio input signal with white and red RCA ports. Instead of RCA ports, a stereo 3.5mm audio jack connector is often used for audio connections.

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If your TV has composite video, proceed with the instructions below to connect it to your smart TV.

  1. Connect the DVD player with the composite video connection (Yellow RCA).
  2. Connect the White and Red audio RCA wires to the matching sockets on the DVD player’s backside.
  3. Connect the opposite end of the composite cable and audio wires to your TV.
  4. Power on the DVD player and the television. Check the signals thoroughly. The DVD player signal should display on the television screen.

Component Video Out

Component video output, which is an analog video stream split into three distinct signals, is accessible on certain TVs. A distinct RCA cable transmits each signal: one green, one blue, and one red.

This form of video connection produces a higher-quality signal than composite video. The audio is generated as a separate transmission. A white and red RCA or a tiny 3.5mm audio jack connection is typically used.

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If your TV has composite video, proceed with the instructions below to connect it to your smart TV.

  1. Connect the DVD player’s component video cable (Green, Blue, Red RCA).
  2. Connect the White and Red audio RCA wires to the appropriate connections on the DVD player’s backside.
  3. Connect the other end of the component video and audio cords to your television.
  4. Adjust the TV input channel right after turning on the DVD player.
  5. Then, you will see the logo of your DVD player on the Television screen.

Alternatives

Component to HDMI Converter

Component video hookups provide 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions. Hence it is preferable to utilize components rather than composite since the converter performs better when scaling the video output. As an outcome, video quality is improved.

Composite to HDMI Converter

Composite video has a resolution of up to 704×480.  If you wish to have a good video experience on your smart TV, 1920×1080 resolution (1080p) is the required amount of HD capability. 

FAQ

Can you connect an old DVD player to a new TV?

Yes, you can connect an old DVD player to a new TV provided that both devices have HDMI or audio and video connections. Some older DVD players feature both, so connecting it to your new TV should be easy.

How do you hook up a DVD player to a smart TV without HDMI?

To hook up a DVD player to a smart TV without HDMI, you’ll have to get a composite cable, which has red, white, and yellow connections on both ends.

Conclusion

A setup guide is included with the majority of DVDs [1]. This can also give users clear directions on how to connect a DVD player to a smart TV. Our technical team recommends performing a trial test on the new cords and connections before purchasing them so that you can quickly connect your DVD player to your smart TV. 

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Willie Greer
Willie Greer
Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.