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Simple connection of an old DVD player to a new LCD TV?

Simple connection of an old DVD player to a new LCD TV?

Copper Contributor
Message 1 of 15

Not sure if this is the right place for this post but I need the geeks to help me out.

I want to connect an old Panasonic DVD player (Model DVD-S27) to my new LG (Model 47LD450) television.

The only connectors on the back of the DVD player are RCA ones. (i.e. R & L Audio Out and Video Out)

If I plug these three RCA cables into the back of the new TV and turn the DVD player on, how do I view the

movie from the FiOS universal remote?   Any help would be most appreciated.



Bronze Contributor II
Message 2 of 15

I got it now!  I have a Pansonic DVD player model DVD-S29 and I was able to program my Verizon remote for my DVD player.  I held onto this little booklet that I had received for the Verizon remote.  You should definitely have the same thing.  You can program the remote to control the DVD player the same way that you can program the remote to control the TV.   The procedure is the same only instead of pressing down the TV button on the remote, you press down the DVD button.  I'll copy the instructions and if you compare them to what is in your booklet, all I am doing is substituting the "DVD" for "TV":


(1) Look up your DVD player make in the DVD code listing on the back of the booklet.

(2) Circle the first 4-digit number displayed for your make of DVD player.  Pansonic is definitely listed.

(3) Make sure that both your TV and DVD player are on.  Well, at least your DVD player should be turned on.  I had both devices on to be sure.

(4) Press and hold the DVD key (while aiming the remote toward your DVD player).

(5) While holding down the DVD key, press the OK key.

(6) Release both keys.  The Device Keys will blink twice.

(7) Enter the 4-digit DVD player code you circled.  The DVD key will blink 3 times.

(8) To test to see if this was the correct code, point the remote at your DVD player and press Power.  If the DVD player turns off, you have successfully programmed your remote (for the DVD player).  Note:  The only thing you won't be able to do with the Verizon remote is eject the DVD but you can definitely press play, stop, pause, and fast forward.

(9) If the DVD player did not turn off, repeat all the steps with the next code in the list.

(10) For future reference, underline the code that worked for you.


The only trick is that if you want to switch between the TV and the DVD player, hit TV on the remote to control the TV and hit DVD on the remote to control the DVD player.  You can also follow the same programming instructions for an audio receiver and a VCR.   


I was able to program my remote successfully for  my DVD player is 6 years old and doesn't have the capacity for the HDMI-DVI cable.  So it should definitely work with yours.


If you don't have the booklet, the same website that retired me pointed out to you on your other thread should be useful for finding the instructions and the program codes for your DVD player as well:


Thanks for getting me going on this.  Now I have resolved another issue that I never realized I had.  lol


Copper Contributor
Message 3 of 15

Thank you "questioning".  Now all I need to figure out is how to hook up the RCA cables from the back of my old DVD player to the new LCD tv.  That was my original post you know.

Bronze Contributor II
Message 4 of 15

I'm glad I could help.  I like figuring things out on my own.  It's better for my mind and I learn more that way. 

Now for hooking up your cables....Yes, that can be tricky and when I was hooking up my cables, it was like a process of elimination.  I would love to help you with that as well.  I just re-read your original post and it looks like I missed the first part of your question.  Sorry about that.  I thought you had made a separate post about your remote but it doesn't matter.  It took time for me to explain the instructions for programming your remote for your DVD player and it takes some time for me to explain how to hook up the cables. 


The kind of cable that you described is a composite cable.  Composite is the cable with the yellow plug for the video and the red and white plugs for the audio portion.  I had that kind of cable wire for years because that was the only way I could hook up my DVD player with the analog TV.  The composite cable is skinny and it's definitely usable with a flatscreen TV.  See how that works.  You may want to upgrade to a component cable because I find that it does result in better picture quality for your DVDs and it's more up to date.  That's pretty inexpensive to get from Radio Shack or whatever electronics store is around your area.  The component cable is thicker and has the green, blue, and red plugs.  I upgraded to the component cable soon after purchasing my new flatscreen TV.


It sounds like your DVD player is very similar to mine, so that should help us.  It can be confusing at first if you're not used to dealing with it but it's actually pretty straightforward once you see where everything goes.  Remember that everything can only be hooked up one way for your DVD player to run properly.  And keep in mind too that if you are using a component cable, you will also need a separate audio cable with the red and white plugs:


Here is an outline of the back of my DVD player:

L  (white)                              Y Green oulet                                      (blue) Pb

R (red)                                    Yellow outlet                                       (red)  Pr

Audio out                              Video out                                            


And now for an outline of the back of my flatscreen TV:

        Component AV IN

R         L                               (red)              (blue)                               (yellow around the outside of the outlet)   

(red)   (white)                       Pr                 Pb                                      Video (outlet color coded green)



If you are using a composite cable with the red, white, and yellow plugs on each end:

(1) For the end that you are plugging into your DVD player, the red plug goes into R (red color coded outlet) and the white plug goes into L (white color coded outlet) on the back of your DVD player for the audio portion; and the yellow plug goes into the yellow color coded outlet right wherei it says "video out" on your DVD player - that's the one right beneath the green outlet.  ("L" and "R" are meant to refer to speakers on a stereo, left speaker and right speaker but just focus on the colors because that's all that matter.)

(2) To plug the other end of your composite cable into the back of your TV, look all the way over to the left hand side where it says "audio" the red plug goes into the outlet color coded red (R) and the white plug goes into the outlet color coded white.

Then you will plug the yellow plug into the outlet where it says "video", which is yellow around the outside (and color coded green for a component cable).


If you are using a component cable with the red, blue, and green plugs:

(1) You need a separate audio cable with just the red and white plugs.  If you don't have one around the house, they're very expensive to buy from Radio Shack or whatever electronics store is in your area.

Hook up the audio cable into the red and white outlets in back of your DVD player and your TV the same way you would with the composite cable.

(2) Your component cable is for the video portion: 

For the DVD player - plug the green plug into the green outlet (right above the yellow outlet where it says "video out"); and the red and blue plugs into the blue (Pb) and red (Pr) outlets.

For the end that goes into the back of your TV - red goes into the red outlet (Pr); blue goes into the blue outlet (Pb); and the green plug goes into the green outlet on the right where it says "video", and which is also yellow around the outside.


This should definitely help you.  The worst I ever did was plug everything in the wrong place but then through a process of elimination, I eventually figured it out.  So don't be afraid because sometimes that's the best way to learn.  But now you have the benefit of my detailed instructions so that should save you some time.


I'm sorry it took so long for me to respond to your questions.                                    



Bronze Contributor II
Message 5 of 15

I just remembered that there is going to be one other thing to keep in mind when you switch the "source" on your TV remote to the DVD player.  My TV is a Samsung flatscreen.  When I want to use the DVD player, I have to press "source" on the TV remote and then select "component" so I can switch over to channel 3 on the TV (TV is already set on that channel and yours probably is too) and have the DVD picture show up on the screen.  I have to select "component" because that's the kind of cable wire I'm using.  Since you're using a composite cable, you will then need to select "AV" (audio visual) - that's what I had to do on mine until I switched over to component.  In other words, your TV source menu will probably highlight and display whatever cable wire (AV for composite; or component) you have connected to your DVD player.



Bronze Contributor II
Device: 7232, 6200
Location: Warwick, RI
Message 6 of 15

Sometimes a picture can help. Try this:


Good luck.

Copper Contributor
Message 7 of 15

Thank you gentlemen. I hope to work this problem later this afternoon.

Thanks for all of your details.

Bronze Contributor II
Message 8 of 15

You're quite welcome "Mr. Detail".  lol

I found that the diagrams in my TV owner's manual are not the most explicit because they don't really have verbal instructions.  In my owner's manual, all of the labels and arrows are "criss-crossed" and cramped into one little area so it's harder to decipher.


I would gladly show you if I were with you in person but you might want to make a print out of my instructions for easier reference, i.e. copy and paste the text to Microsoft Word; and save it in case you change your mind later on and decide to try the component cable.  The main thing is the color coding.  I actually thought it was weird how the connection of the composite cable has to be split in back of the TV with the red and white plugs on one end and the yellow plug on the far opposite end with these other outlets in between.  That was the main thing that confused me, along with having this green color coded outlet with a yellow circle around the outside.   I prefer to give all the details instead of skipping over important parts that I take for granted because I know how that is when it's your first time and you're unfamiliar with the setup.


I went from getting a black and white picture with no sound to a color picture still with no sound to getting it right in the end.  But now you can learn from the benefit of my experience. Smiley Happy  I honestly didn't even know the difference between a composite vs. a component cable or what a component cable was until I came here and somebody brought it up.


Good luck!  You should be fine.  It's always an education when the technology changes and we have to adapt.


Let us know how it goes.





Copper Contributor
Message 9 of 15



I have another question for you.  Can't seem to find my little booklet you spoke of so i wonder if you remember what the four digit number was you used for your Panasonic DVD player, since mine is also a Panasonic?  Let me know.  Thanks

Bronze Contributor II
Message 10 of 15

I can tell you the code number that worked for mine and share with you the first few on my list.  That's not a problem but did you say that your remote is a Verizon P265?  Mine is the Philips RC1445302 and I just noticed that the TV codes are different.


When I go to the list of codes for the Verizon P265, it only lists codes for the TV and not for a DVD player.  It only lists the DVD codes for the other models.  I wonder why there are different models of the remote control.  Is that because of the STB or DVR model?  I wonder if you can request an upgraded remote control so it can accommodate your DVD player.


Here is what I am talking about:

This is where you can find all the user guides I was talking about.  You might want to print out the one for your remote.  That gives all the instructions and the codes.  For the P265, apparently you can only program that remote for your TV:


Click on "find remote codes" for the correct model of your remote and this will list the same thing:


However, I have just noticed that a Verizon employee here posted her answer to your question on an earlier post so maybe this is the solution:



When you connected your DVD to your television depending on what input it is on, you can press A/V input on the bottom left of the remote. Input would direct you to the input of where your DVD is connected to physically.


Verizon Support"


So perhaps you could just call tech support to clarify this and they can walk you through it.  I didn't realize that the instructions for your remote really made a difference.  So according to this, I guess you could press the AV button on the bottom of your remote instead of the DVD button but how would that program your DVD player?  I guess you could try that. for help on that one. 


This whole thing really gets complicated quick.  Goodness!


Maybe somebody else here can help with this one.







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