How to Connect a DVD Player to a TV

There's no need to wait in long lines, pay a fortune for tickets and popcorn and sit in a noisy theater just to watch high quality movies. With a DVD player, you can enjoy your favorite movies without any expensive hassles or distractions. In just a few moments, you can take the DVD player out of the box, connect it to your TV and sit back to watch a film. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to connect a DVD player to a TV.

  1. Turn off the power to your TV.
  2. Set the DVD player on a shelf near the TV. Make sure the DVD cables will reach the TV from the shelf you choose. Because the player has a motor inside, it creates heat. Placing the DVD on top of your TV may cause overheating [source: Fleischmann].
  3. Connect your DVD player by plugging in the audio/video input jacks. Plug one end of the three-pronged cord that came with the DVD player into the terminals on the TV marked Line In. The colors on the plugs correspond to the colors in the TV terminals.
  4. Plug the other end of the cord into the terminals on the DVD player marked Line Out. Again, insert the plugs into the terminals with corresponding colors.
  5. Plug the AC power cord into an electrical outlet in the wall. Always plug in the power cord after you have connected all the other plugs. Connecting the electricity first may set the TV channels incorrectly [source: Sony].
  6. Refer to the user manual to change the language display on the DVD screen, if necessary.
  7. Check that the clock is set correctly. If the clock doesn't set itself, refer to the user manual to manually change the time [source: Sony].
  8. Insert a DVD into the player to see if your connection was successful. Remember that DVDs come with menus, so they will not play automatically. You must use the remote control to select the desired options [source: Fleischmann].

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