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How to Set Up a DVD Player

While DVD players have been around for quite some time now, they are still used by those who prefer to watch movies and shows on DVD. Setting up a DVD player is a lot easier than it was when they first came out thanks to the new TVs and DVD players being sold on the market today. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to make setting up your new DVD player a breeze.

Know Your TV/DVD Player Connection Options
The first thing that you will need to do is figure out what type of connections your television and DVD player supports. There are very few TVs and DVD players that don’t support composite cables which is the cable with the red, yellow, and white connector on each end. However, many of the newer televisions now support HDMI cables which is the best connector to use when it comes to audio/video connections.

Determine Your Preferred Connection
Once you have come to understand which connections your TV/DVD player supports, you can make a decision on which connection you are going to go with. This really does come down to personal preference however, if both your TV and DVD player supports HDMI, that would be your best bet. It is the connector that provides the best audio and visual experience and that is a fact.

Choose the Location for Your Setup
You will want to set your DVD player up in a spot near your TV, where cables can easily reach the ports. Determine whether your television’s ports are located on the back of the TV or on the side. If they are on the side of your television, you will want to set things up on that side of your TV so that cables don’t have to cross around the entire back side. Keep in mind that blocking your television’s vent is bad for your TV and stacking things on your new DVD player can cause it to over heat and can strain moving parts until they no longer function.

Connecting Your New DVD Player
The most common connection is the one that involves using composite cables. If this is the connection that you are using, it is important to remember that the red, yellow, and white connectors must be connected to the correct corresponding ports on the back or side of your television. If you are lucky enough to be able to use an HDMI connection, there is only one cable with one connector to worry about. It is important to keep track of which TV input port you use for your DVD connection because it will be vital when choosing the input, on your remote, to access your DVD player.

Turning Everything On
Begin by turning your television and DVD player on. Continue by choosing the input channel option that your television uses (typically channel 3 or 4) for accessing cable connected equipment. And finally, scroll through the input ports by using the input button on your remote control. If successful, the screen on your television will show the DVD player’s opening screen when your remote locates the correct input port. If you do not find your DVD player’s opening screen, check you television input port connections to see that they are connected properly and check your input channel option to make sure that your television is on the right channel.

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