Hooking up a DVD player to your TV can be accomplished several different ways depending on the type of inputs that are available on the television that match the outputs on the DVD player. It does not matter if you also have a cable box or satellite receiver connected to your television, since a DVD player is a separate connection that does not go through these devices.
Check the back of the television to see what open "Input" jacks you have available that match the "Output" jacks on your DVD player. Look for a single HDMI jack, if your TV is HD. Otherwise, look for the component video jacks and the AV jacks. Use one of the following three options depending on the available jacks.
Connect an HDMI cable from the DVD player to the TV using the HDMI jacks, if available for the best picture quality. This sends both sound and video on one cable.
Connect one component video cable using the "Component Video Out" jacks on the DVD player and the "Component Video In" jacks on the TV to send the video. Match the colors of the connectors to the jacks, such as blue to blue, red to red and green to green. Also, connect an audio cable using the "Audio Out" jacks on the DVD player and the "Audio In" jacks on the TV for the audio. Again, match the colors of the red and white connectors to the jacks.
Connect an RCA AV cable to the back of the DVD player using the "A/V Out" jacks. Connect the other end to the TV using the "A/V In" jacks. Match the colors (red, white and yellow) of the connectors to the jacks. The red and white are used for the audio and the yellow transmits the video.
Things You'll Need
Component video cable (red, blue and green connectors) along with an audio cable (red and white connectors) - optional
RCA A/V cable (red, white and yellow connectors) - optional