How to Hook Your New Blu-ray Video Disc Player Up to Your HDTV or Home Theater System

Connecting a home theater system used to be a very complicated process, requiring you to make multiple connections between devices with connectors that seemed to be either extremely delicate and flimsy or robust and hard to manipulate. With the advent of high-definition sources like Blu-ray, home electronics companies banded together and created a new connection standard -- the High Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI cables offer a single connection for both video and audio between the Blu-ray player and receiver or TV.

HDMI cable
HDMI cables simplify home theater connections.
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Turn off your Blu-ray player and your TV or home theater receiver and unplug both devices from the power outlet for additional safety.

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Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output port on your Blu-ray player. It's a thin, flat port with a slightly trapezoidal shape.

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Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into an HDMI input port on your TV or receiver. Whether you're plugging into a TV or receiver, note which input you used. The input is usually descriptively named, such as Blu-ray, or numbered, such as HDMI1.

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Plug your Blu-ray player and your TV or receiver back into the power outlet.

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Turn your home theater system or TV and Blu-ray player on.

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Insert a disc in your Blu-ray player and play it.

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Use the "Input" or "Source" button on your TV to cycle through its inputs until you see the image from the Blu-ray on your screen, if you're hooked up directly to the TV. If you're hooked up through the receiver, use the receiver's input dial or buttons to select the Blu-ray player component. Then turn the TV to the input corresponding to the receiver.