Setting up a Blu-ray player can be complicated. There are small setup details that need to be handled properly for the Blue-ray disc you use to provide the best possible image during movie and TV show viewing.
The following are three of the most commonly made Blu-ray player setup mistakes that you must avoid to enjoy the best possible image on your screen and performance from your Blu-ray player.
Not using an HDMI cable
You'll get the best possible image on your Blu-ray player with connection via an HDMI cable. You should be able to connect your TV directly to your player with one HDMI cord. However, you might need two HDMI cords if you have an A/V receiver (audio/video receiver) worked into your system.
An older Blu-ray player might not have HDMI inputs, and in this case you'll usually have to use a RCA cable.
When installing your Blu-ray player, you'll need to make adjustments to the video resolution and frame rate settings on your player.
Your Blu-ray player will have default settings that might not necessarily be optimal for your television. You might have to adjust the HDMI resolution on your DVD settings according to the best possible resolution your TV is capable of accepting. A Blu-ray disc has a resolution of 1080 pixels, but your television might not necessarily be able to receive this resolution. If your TV can't receive that high resolution, you'll have to set your Blu-ray player to a lower resolution to optimize the image for your television.
When you connect and use your Blu-ray player, you might have to make some adjustments to aspect ratio settings in your TV setup menu. Blu-ray disks should indicate their aspect ratio somewhere on the disc case or on the disc itself, so check your Blu-ray disc and adjust the aspect ratio on your television accordingly.
Not connecting to the Internet
While you don't need to be connected to the Internet just to watch a Blu-ray disc, you'll save time if you take care of your Blu-ray player's Internet connection right away.
Nowadays, every new Blu-ray player can be connected to the Internet. Internet connection allows your Blu-ray player to be connected with your home network, and this makes it easier to keep firmware up-to-date. Many Blu-ray player manufacturers will automatically issue updates to firmware via an Internet connection.
Firmware updates can enhance your Blu-ray player in a variety of ways. For example, they can help resolve bugs in the Blu-ray player system or add special features like new streaming formats to your Blu-ray player's capabilities. You can even get complete TV series on Blu-ray.
An Internet connection can also allow performance issues that come up during Blu-ray player use to be automatically reported to the manufacturer so that they can be more quickly resolved.