Not all models of portable DVD players can connect to a television, but many feature either RCA-out ports or mini-jack ports that allow for RCA connections. These connections allow the portable DVD player to connect directly to the RCA ports on a television.
Portable DVD players that can connect to standalone televisions often come with a mini-jack cable that features a single video- and audio-output end and multiple input connectors that attach directly to a television. Others may have RCA-out ports that allow users to connect their own RCA cables. One set of the RCA cables or the mini-jack attaches to the portable DVD player and the other side of the cables attach to the audio- and video-in ports on the side or rear of the television. Choosing the correct input setting on the television is important, and ensuring that it is ready to display information using the attached RCA cables side-steps troubleshooting. After attaching the cables, the portable DVD player is ready to use and begin playback. Many models automatically recognize the cable connection and begin streaming information to the television. Some may also require users to set the line-out on the portable DVD player in a method similar to that used to set line-in on the television.