Picture of Extra TV setup or mini-entertainment center.
You need an extra television. What could you use that you already have to make something work?  Note: I actually have this set up already and use it in the workroom for an extra television that does not take up much space. Works great with older computers and game consoles also. One plus of this is that I can still play DVD movies. Sort of a mini entertainment center. I will take "War of the worlds" or the like and output the sound to a big stereo. It is awesome. Add a Roku or the like and you have the internet media also.
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Step 1: Whats needed.

Picture of Whats needed.
DVD player with video in (audio in also would be even better)
Amplified Speaker(s) if you do not have audio in on the dvd player.
DTV tuner/converter. (We still have the old kind of tv's.) or VCR for analog cable.
Antenna ( i.e. http://www.instructables.com/id/Yet-another-dtv-antenna/) or cable video connection.
Appropriate cable adapters.
Power strip

Optional: (if you needed something if the power went out)
Dc to ac power inverter.
12v UPS battery or equivalent.

Step 2: Hooking it up:

Picture of Hooking it up:
On the back of  the DTV converter, you will have several RCA female type receptacles. One should be for composite video output and two should be for left/right audio output  for the speakers.

You will need an RCA male to Mono mini din plug to go from the DTV converter video output to the DVD player. Plug that in.

For the audio you will probably need a mini din female to two rca male adapter cable. plug those in now.

Make sure the DTV converter, the DVD player, and the speakers have power. Turn them all on.    Calibrate your DTV player with your antenna if you are not using digital cable input. You can use the remote control of you DTV play to change channels. You can use a vcr with a tuner if you cable is still analog instead of the DTV converter.

Viola you are in business.

Step 3: Emergency computer monitor.

Picture of Emergency computer monitor.
If you have a computer with s-video and an adapter or composite video out, you can also use it as a computer monitor.
ElvenChild4 years ago
Computothought (author)  ElvenChild3 years ago
Thanx for the comment!
Computothought (author) 4 years ago
Piranio4 years ago
What a wonderful idea!