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How do I hook up my Wii and DVD to my new TV?

by gbpack / June 28, 2011 2:26 AM PDT

I just bought a new LCD tv. It has one set of component plugs and 2 HDMI plugs. I currently have my cable box connecting to my tv with one hdmi cord. I then have my DVD connected using the component plugs (green, red, white plugs). I have one HDMI plug left, but cannot get my Wii to connect that way. Is there a different way to hook up my DVD player? The DVD does not have an HDMI plug on it.


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How do I hook up my Wii and DVD to my new TV?
by 3coursedinner / June 28, 2011 5:13 AM PDT

Bring the TV back unless it also has composite video input(one RCA video in, 2 RCA audio). The Wii can be connected via component video (according to the Wii web site)
using the cable that comes with the Wii but you need it for the DVD player.
Like I said -- return the TV and spend a few bucks more for one with more than one component video input or has composite video;
Buy a blu ray player and connect using HDMI (and probably have to buy an HDMI cable unless you get it at Costco which many times includes a HDMI cable). Forget the DVD player if you do this. A blu ray player will probably give you a better picture with standard DVD's than a HDTV (most of which don't do standard definition real well);
Make a choice between Wii and DVD or unplug one and plug in the other if you want both.

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Return the HDTV?
by Pepe7 / June 28, 2011 11:54 PM PDT

Nobody wants to return a TV that works just fine.

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I vote for getting a BluRay player
by volvogirl / June 29, 2011 12:55 AM PDT

Ditch the DVD and replace it with a BluRay player. You may want to play BluRay movies in the future and it will also upscale your DVDs and they will look better. A BD player will also play DVDs, etc.

Or do what we did and get a PS3 (Playstation3)to use as a BluRay Player. And then my husband can also play games with it. AND we can stream Netflix movies to it from the internet.

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You can connect your Wii to the HDMI connection
by gaedbo / October 11, 2012 10:04 AM PDT

They make Wii2HDMI Converters that plug into the back of the Wii with a HDMI connection on the other end. You plug that in to the Wii, and then an HDMI cable into it, and then into the HDMI connection point on your TV. I just got mine today, plugged it in and it works great. Depending what web site you buy it from they will range from 20 to 40 dollars. Mine was the $20 one. The picture is better than the component connection I was using.

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Here are the instructions from Nintendo
by widderschynnes / January 10, 2014 12:42 AM PST

I too recently bought a new LCD TV which has only one set of composite inputs and 4 HDMI inputs. I couldn't get a signal from my Wii, when I connected my Wii into the DVD-R/VCR, but the trick is to press the 'AV input' button a few times (or similar). It works nicely, and the picture quality from the Wii looks just as good when I had the Wii connected directly to the telly.

If your DVD/VCR has RCA plugs for input, then here are the instructions from Nintendo which you can follow:

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