How do I Connect a TV to DIRECTV & to DVD?

By James Clark

DirecTV television subscription service connects a TV to a receiver box that unscrambles a satellite signal for viewing. Adding a DVD player to the set-up requires a TV with at least one additional set of audio-video inputs. Most TV sets have three or more inputs, so there will likely be at least one set of inputs still available to hook up another component, such as a Blu-ray player or gaming system. DirecTV uses a component cable and standard stereo cable to connect to a TV. The DVD player connects with a composite cable.

Things You'll Need

  • Component video cable
  • Stereo cable with RCA-type plugs on both ends
  • Composite AV cable

Step 1

Plug in the red, green and blue connectors on the component cable from the three video out jacks on the back of the DirecTV receiver to the matching video inputs on the back of the TV.

Step 2

Connect the white and red connectors on the stereo cable from the audio outputs on the DirecTV receiver to the audio inputs on the back of the TV that are paired with the video inputs used in Step 1. White connects to the left jack; red connects to the right jack.

Step 3

Match the three connectors on the composite cable to the yellow, red and white AV outputs on the DVD player.

Step 4

Connect the other ends of the cable to the composite input jacks on the TV.

Step 5

Press the TV remote control "Source" button to switch from DirecTV to the DVD player.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unplug the electrical cords for all components while connecting the AV cables.