How to Connect Blu Ray to TV

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Updated September 15, 2022

If you are building the ultimate entertainment setup, you may wonder how to connect a Blu-Ray to a TV. The best TVs, after all, integrate well with modern Blu-Ray players. So why use a Blu-Ray player and how to connect it to your television? Keep reading to find out.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Most Blu-Ray players connect to televisions via HDMI cable, though some need a high-speed HDMI cable.
  • Power down both devices before making the connections, and use the HDMI out or optical cable out on your Blu-Ray disc player.
  • Cycle through the inputs via your remote control or the base of your TV to check for a successful connection of video signals and audio signals.

Why Use a Blu-Ray Player?

The primary reason to use a Blu-Ray player over a DVD player or even cable is the increased definition. Blu-Ray discs are known for being particularly high definition, making for a better viewing experience. This comes in handy if you just learned how to connect a TV to a receiver and are looking for something gorgeous to watch.

How to Connect a Blu-Ray Player to a Television

The steps here will be extremely familiar if you’ve already learned how to connect a DVD player to a TV.

Insider Tip

Be sure to have plenty of extra cables on hand if you are planning to also connect an audio system of some kind.

STEP 1 Gather Your Supplies

  1. Blu-Ray players offer HD and UHD resolutions, so make sure you have a high-quality HDMI cable and a television that can handle the uptick in visual fidelity.
  2. If they work with your setup, a high-speed HDMI cable is a good option here.
  3. You may need even more HDMI cables and dedicated audio cables if you are setting up an external sound system along with the Blu-Ray.

STEP 2 Connect the Devices

  1. Before connecting anything, make sure both the Blu-Ray player and the television are powered down.
  2. Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI out of the Blu-Ray player and into one of the HDMI ports available with the TV.
  3. Check your TV’s instructions to see if any of these ports are preferable for a Blu-Ray player. Some ports display with different resolutions, for instance.

STEP 3 Power and Test

  1. Power on both devices and adjust your television so that information from your chosen HDMI port is displayed.
  2. This is typically done by cycling through the input button on the remote or on the base of the television.
  3. Check to make sure both video and audio are displaying correctly, inserting a Blu-Ray disc to ensure proper operation.
  4. Turn on any associated AV receiver, speakers, or related audio/video equipment for a quick test.

F.A.Q.S

How to connect a Blu-ray player to a TV and audio system?

You may need an additional optical cable, along with an audio cable, to connect your Blu-Ray disc player to both a TV and audio system. Have plenty of cables on-hand, including a digital coaxial cable, component video cable, RCA cable, and any other type of cable that may be useful.


Why use a Blu-Ray player?

Most movies and TV shows release on Blu-Ray, with increased video resolution and a bevy of extras.


Which is better, Blu-Ray or DVD?

This depends on your needs. DVDs are definitely cheaper, that is for sure, though Blu-Rays offer better visuals and audio.



STAT: The first Blu-Ray consumer device arrived in stores on April 10, 2003: the Sony BDZ-S77, a US$3,800 BD-RE recorder that was made available only in Japan. (source)

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