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How to watch dvds with a converter box connected

We hooked up the converter box to our analog tv and now cannot figure out what we need to reconnect the dvd player, Is it some type of splitter cable?

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You should connect the dvd player directly to the television and not the converter box.

DVD player may have red, white, (audio) and yellow (video) connections or it will have the red and white connections for audio and then red green blue for video.

Connection depends on the television inputs.

i hope this helps, if not send me another question I will walk you through it.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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