Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blu-Ray Players & Non-HD TV's?

Hey Gang! So, I just got a really good question that came into the old GeekGirl email inbox ( for those of you who are new here!), and I thought I'd share it with y'all because it might be a common question: "...quick question for you - do Blu-Ray players work on regular tvs or do you need an HD TV ? there are some great deals on players and I want to pick one up, but my tv isnt HD."

Here was my response:

Blu-Ray players are meant for HD tv’s just because the picture is so stunning and has such great resolution, and thus they come with HDMI cables that eliminate the need for the old RCA (the yellow/red/black/white cables that you currently use for your DVD –to-TV connection. However, I’m pretty sure that you CAN still use the old RCA cables to connect to a regular TV, and then if/when you eventually upgrade to an HDTV, you can just swap the cables.

Just make sure when you buy your Blu-Ray player to check that it has the regular Audio/Video OUTPUTS on the back (most packaging will show you a diagram of the inputs/outputs on the back of the player, and if not just ask someone at the store) and you should be good to go. You should see something like this:

The outputs on the image at the very top left that are green, blue and red are HD outputs, as is the HDMI output at the bottom. But right above that HDMI output is the “LINE OUT” box, which still has either the S-Video option (which works with normal TV’s if you have an S-Video input) or just the standard yellow, red and white video inputs. This means that you can use it with your non-HD Tv!

Hope that helps!
Happy holidays!


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