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Just got a new Phillips 46"HDTV, and it looks like there's only one RCA input on the back; is that normal?

We have a DVD player, and an older Tivo, and both have RCA (red/white/yellow) jacks.

How can I plug in our DVD and Tivo units??

Thank you
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The one RCA connection is probably yellow and is for SD Composite vdeo and the Red and
White connections are for Right and left stereo audio.
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Just got a new Phillips 46"HDTV, and it looks like there's only one RCA input on the back; is that normal?

We have a DVD player, and an older Tivo, and both have RCA (red/white/yellow) jacks.

How can I plug in our DVD and Tivo units??

Thank you

I use a 3 input, one output manually switched box I got at WallyMart. Or try Radio Shack.
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Just got a new Phillips 46"HDTV, and it looks like there's only one RCA input on the back; is that normal?

We have a DVD player, and an older Tivo, and both have RCA (red/white/yellow) jacks.

How can I plug in our DVD and Tivo units??

Thank you

Check the owners manual and see what the input options are. You may only have one composite video RCA input (yellow for picture and red/white for sound), as most HDTV's are used with HDTV sources that use HDMI or component video (green/blue/red for picture and red/white for sound).

Also, many new HDTV's use adapters that connect to a small port on the HDTV and have the RCA connections on a dongle.

Here is an example of a composite video and stereo audio dongle:

As noted, an option is to get an external switch that you connect all your sources to and the output goes to the HDTV.

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Check your DVD player for component or HDMI outputs. If it has either or both you can use those to connect to the new TV. Also you might want to check on a DVR from your cable company. Are you paying for Tivo service? The older Tivo will only do standard definition.
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If your DVD player does not have HDMI you might want to consider a new DVD player. If you are not careful you can spend more on adapters to connect the old DVD player than the cost of a new DVD player.
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Just got a new Phillips 46"HDTV, and it looks like there's only one RCA input on the back; is that normal?

We have a DVD player, and an older Tivo, and both have RCA (red/white/yellow) jacks.

How can I plug in our DVD and Tivo units??

Thank you

Yes this is normal for newer TVs, composite is basically a obsolete connection for HDTVs Basically every DVD player has at least component outputs(although many newer HDTVs are also dropping component inputs) so if your TV has component use that, you'll get a better picture anyway. If you don't have component cables, yellow/red and white will work in a pinch.
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Some Component inputs double as a Composite input with the Green color coded jack used as another Composite (yellow) input. Look closely at the labeling.

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Would definitely not watch DVDs via a Composite (normally Yellow RCA phono) connection.

DVDs are mastered in SD digital component - so an HDMI or Component (normally Green, Blue and Red RCA Phonos) connection would be better as you won't lose the component quality via that route (whereas via composite you're introducing lots of artefacts and significantly reducing picture quality - particularly on a large screen).

S-video will also offer an improvement - though fewer and fewer TVs have S-video inputs IME (at least in Europe)

Composite sources are becoming less and less widespread - and manufacturers are reducing the number of inputs as they increase the number of HDMI inputs.
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