How to Connect DVD Player to Smart TV

Smart TVs have gained world domination and are widely in use. Replacement of the old TV with a new Smart TV is everyone’s need and desire, but there is something special about the old ones. Doesn’t? Add to your smart TV, the forgotten DVD Player, and you have the perfect topic for a late-night nostalgia-themed talk.

We do not have the heart to get rid of the extensive collection of DVDs collected over the years. We wish to reminisce about them once in a while, and when the option of revisiting them in a better and more improved version is available, then why no

There could be many possibilities to connect a DVD player to a Smart TV, but the four topmost that have been widely recognized are – 

  1. HDMI Cable
  2. Composite Video Input
  3. Component Video Input
  4. HDMI Converter

They have been explained in detail along with clear and precise instructions on how to use them.

How to Connect DVD Player to a Smart Tv Using HDMI Cable

It is the most common option selected since it’s the most convenient and hassle-free. Smart TVs manufactured today already have the HDMI Port in cases of connecting older devices like DVD Players.

How to Connect?

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI Cable to the DVD Player and the other end to Smart TV.
  1. Switch ‘On’ the DVD Player.
  1. Select the ‘Input Channel’ on your Smart TV using the ‘Smart TV’s Remote’ and not the ‘DVD Player’s.’.
  1. You will see a ‘DVD Player Logo’ on the ‘Smart TV Screen.’

Process For Composite Video Input (A set of 3)

It is one of the two old forms of connection. It is also one of the two alternate methods in the absence of an HDMI Port and an HDMI Cable. Very low resolution of ‘4k’, which is very primeval.

It has an ‘analog video signal’ and is also called the ‘TRRS Method’ (Tip-Ring-Ring-Sleeve). 

Composition:

  • For Video: A ‘yellow RCA Connector.’
  • For Audio: Two White and Red RCA Connectors/Stereo Input Signals. Sometimes, instead of the RCA connector, it has a 3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack Connector.

How To Connect?

  1. Connect the Video and the Audio Cables in the following manner – 

For Video: 

Yellow-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Yellow RCA Connector → Yellow-marked Input of the Smart TV

For Audio: 

White-marked Input of the DVD Player ← White Stereo Signal → White-marked Input of the Smart TV

Red-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Red Stereo Signal → Red-marked Input of the Smart TV

  1. Switch ‘On’ the DVD Player.
  1. Select the ‘Input Channel’ on your Smart TV using the ‘Smart TV’s Remote’ and not the ‘DVD Player’s.’
  1. You will see a ‘DVD Player Logo’ on the ‘Smart TV Screen.’

Process For Component Video Input (A Set of 5)

It is the other of the two old forms of connection. It is also the other of the two alternate methods in the absence of an HDMI Port and an HDMI Cable. Very low resolution of ‘4k’, which is very primeval.

It has an ‘analog video signal’ and is better than the ‘Composite Video Input.’ 

Composition:

  • For Video: Three Green, Blue, and Red RCA Connectors that are specifically marked as ‘Y, Pb, Pr’ respectively.
  • For Audio: Two White and Red RCA Connectors/Stereo Input Signals. Sometimes, instead of the RCA connector, it has a 3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack Connector.

How To Connect?

  1. Connect the Video and the Audio Cables in the following manner – 

For Video:

Green-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Green RCA Connector → Green-marked Input of the Smart TV

Blue-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Blue RCA Connector → Blue-marked Input of the Smart TV

Red-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Red RCA Connector → Red-marked Input of the Smart TV

For Audio:

White-marked Input of the DVD Player ← White Stereo Signal → White-marked Input of the Smart TV

Red-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Red Stereo Signal → Red-marked Input of the Smart TV

  1. Switch ‘On’ the DVD Player.
  1. Select the ‘Input Channel’ on your Smart TV using the ‘Smart TV’s Remote’ and not the ‘DVD Player’s.’
  1. You will see a ‘DVD Player Logo’ on the ‘Smart TV Screen.’

How to Use HDMI Converter to Connect DVD Player to Smart TV

If the unfortunate situation arrives, where all the already mentioned methods are not possible or inapplicable, then HDMI Converter is the answer.

The USP of this is its high-grade resolution of ‘8k,’ which gives an out-of-the-world visual experience.

So, to convert the old 4k into a youthful 8k resolution, ‘Composite to HDMI Convertor’ and ‘Component to HDMI Converter’ are needed. 

The latter is recommended as its resolution works well with Smart TV resolution. It upgrades the measly 704 x 480 (480p) to a whopping 1920 x 1080 (1080p), which is loads better than the former. Other resolutions like 576p and 720p are also available for selection.

Although it is upgraded, it is still incomparable to the current Smart TV HD videos, whose origin is high-grade resolution and has not been upgraded, like Composite and Component Videos.

This conversion is unidirectional, and backflow is not allowed, meaning ‘analog to digital’ is possible but not vice versa.

How to Connect?

  1. Connect the Video Cable and the Audio Cables in the following manner – 

For Video:

Green-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Green RCA Connector ← Green RCA Input / HDMI Input (of the HDMI Convertor) → HDMI Cable →  HDMI Input of the Smart TV

Blue-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Blue RCA Connector ← Blue RCA Input / HDMI Input (of the HDMI Convertor) → HDMI Cable →  HDMI Input of the Smart TV

Red-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Red RCA Connector ← Red RCA Input / HDMI Input (of the HDMI Convertor) → HDMI Cable →  HDMI Input of the Smart TV

For Audio:

White-marked Input of the DVD Player ← White Stereo Signal ← White Stereo Signal Input / HDMI Input (of the HDMI Convertor) → HDMI Cable → HDMI Input of the Smart TV

Red-marked Input of the DVD Player ← Red Stereo Signal ← Red Stereo Signal Input / HDMI Input (of the HDMI Convertor) → HDMI Cable → HDMI Input of the Smart TV

NOTE – The above flowsheets may give the impression that there are 5 HDMI Cables and 5 HDMI Inputs in the Smart TV, which is not the case. Each flowsheet refers to only one HDMI Cable, which connects the HDMI Convertor to the Smart TV.

  1. Connect the HDMI Convertor to a power outlet and make sure it’s ‘On.’
  1. If the HDMI Convertor is not connected to an ‘Adapter,’ it will have a ‘USB Port’ through which an external’ Adapter’ can be connected.
  1. Switch ‘On’ the DVD Player.
  1. Select the ‘Input Channel’ on your Smart TV using the ‘Smart TV’s Remote’ and not the ‘DVD Player’s.’
  1. You will see a ‘DVD Player Logo’ on the ‘Smart TV Screen.’

If the above methods does not work and you have different smart tv brands then you may check the below steps for different Smart Tvs .

Conclusion

It is astonishing how a simple connection between a few devices can help us get back big memories, just like the connections between us and the memories.

Smart TVs are not so ‘smart’ after all, considering they require an out-of-the-way approach to connect it to the DVD Player, but it does not matter much now. We have found ways to fill the gap of ‘smartness’ between a Smart TV and a DVD Player.

All the four methods mentioned are very reliable and cover every type of solution to connecting a DVD Player to a Smart TV.

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