How to Hook Up a DVD Player to a Television With Video Cables That Are Green, Blue & Red


Component video is a standard home electronics technology that is used for the transfer of video data between video sources and viewing screens. Component video, as the name suggests, splits a picture up into its component data streams. This allows for a higher quality picture because less bandwidth is utilized sending redundant data. Component video is often identified by its telltale red, green and blue connectors and is still used by many electronics products in both computer graphics and home theater technology.

  • Locate the component video outputs on the DVD set top box. These video outputs are grouped together and often labeled as component video. Furthermore, individual video jacks are colored the same as their corresponding cable connector.

  • Connect the cable connectors with their associated component jacks on the back of the DVD player. These are color coded to ensure easy identification of which jack accepts which connector.

  • Locate the component video jacks on the rear of the television. These connectors are often found in the rear lower portion of the television near the electrical connector.

  • Connect each cable connector to its associated color-coded jack on the rear of the television. The component video connection is now installed.

Tips & Warnings

  • A common misconception concerning component video is that, unlike other video cables, component video does not have a line dedicated to the transfer of sound from the video source. One must use a sound transfer cable, compatible with their equipment, S/PDIF coaxial cables or optical cables.

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