How it works:

An HDMI cable has two ends to it—one side plugs into your computer—the other end plugs into your tv.

On whether it works with your tv…..depends on the models…some started putting the plug-ins for video game systems years ago—others took longer to do.

Personally for us—our huge floor model big screen (that we bought used years ago) will not support an hdmi cable, but the other tv I bought 5 years ago does.

Easy way to check yours—buy a cheap HDMI cable and see if you can hook it up—it literally takes 2 minutes to do.

The HDMI port on your DVD player is probably just output

DVD *players* don’t have an imput – they’re just output. So what you were planning wouldn’t work. If you had a DVD burner, it might have an input, but probably only coax.
Very old TVs would only have Coax(cable) or Composite. Those you couldn’t connect to your computer. Slightly less old TVs might have a VGA or DVI inputs. Those you could connect using your normal computer VGA or DVI port. TVs that are newer still would probably have an HDMI input, which could be used with an HDMI cable.

You probably should check with the parent’s home owners because, as some like to say, your mileage may vary

Their particular policy may not allow it. Also let the parent’s know what you want to do, and you’ll have to to check their insurance or try PBC loans (USA). The insurance may allow it but the parents may not want their kids to have it for a variety of reasons.

In that particular video from VBN, the recipients had already promised it to their kids when they were debt free. Your friends may have a different reward in mind such as a special trip or new bikes, or … you get the idea. Your friends choice(s) need to be respected.

I know for us, when our dd was a kid, we would not have allowed a trampoline. Our dd has health concerns but wanted one. We told her to ask her cardiologist and orthopedic surgeon if it was okay and if they gave a thumbs up we would get one. Well I knew they wouldn’t so I could take this gamble. The cardiologist happened to be the first one we saw on the day of appointments. His first words were, “Absolutely not” but not for the reason I thought. He said the American Academy of Pediatrics has deemed them one of the most dangerous “toys” out there, or maybe the one that causes the most injuries. Something like that. Well, dd went on to ask the ortho surg. and he basically echoed what the pediatric cardiologist said for the same reasons. They both said regardless of physical problems in a kid they would not recommend it. (I thought they would not allow it only on the basis of her physical problems.)

I am not saying no kid should have one because it’s up to the parents. I don’t want to debate trampolines specifically. I am just passing on what we learned from 2 well educated doctors from the likes of Harvard and Texas Children’s Hospital.

It is great you want to bless someone else. Just make sure what you give is blessing and not a hardship.

I’m intrigued as well

Our TV is almost 25 years old, but our relatively new DVD player has an HDMI port on the back. So now I’m wondering if I can plug the computer into the DVD player, then have the DVD player feed the signal into the TV. In which case, yay!