Connecting a TV to a Cable Box
Connecting a TV to a cable box is an excellent way to get the best possible picture and sound. However, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what type of cables you need and how to connect them. Here are some of the most common types of connections for your TV and cable box, and how to install them properly:
Most newer TVs have at least one HDMI port. This port transfers data digitally, which means the picture and audio are much sharper than they would be if you connected them with an analog cable.
HDMI is compatible with all devices that have an HDMI output, so it’s a great option for connecting your TV to a DVD player, blu-ray player, and other media players with HDMI ports. To make the connection, plug one end of an HDMI cable into your TV’s HDMI port and the other into your cable box or an adapter.
Some TVs support component video, which is a lower-grade standard definition signal. You can use a component video cable to connect a cable box to this type of TV, though it’s probably not as sharp or clear as HDMI.
S-Video and Composite AVcâbles
If you have an older TV with a built-in composite video port, you can use a S-Video or composite video cable to connect your cable box to it. S-Video cables have 4-pin connectors and deliver a low-grade standard-definition picture, and composite video cables use RCA mini-plug connectors. Both types will work with most modern cable boxes, but you’ll likely want to use an adapter if you’re using a modern TV with a composite video port.
These color-coded cables transfer a signal from your TV box to a TV, projector, or other device with RCA inputs. You can also use a RCA cable to mirror the same channel on two TVs with an RCA splitter.
RCA cables are usually colored red, green, and blue. They’re a little more difficult to connect than an HDMI cable, though, because they don’t have the right connectors for your TV. If you have a RCA-equipped TV, be sure to buy a cable with the corresponding RCA mini-plug connectors for both inputs on your cable box or adapter.
You can also hook up a surround sound receiver to your TV with an RCA cable, though this isn’t recommended because it will degrade the quality of the picture. You can use a component-to-HDMI converter to make this easier, but it’s still not as clear or sharp as an HDMI cable.
Wireless Video HDMI is a simple and effective solution to connect your TV to a set top box, computer, DVD player, or Blu-ray player without the hassle of cables. It works with most devices with HDMI outputs, and you can even move the TV to a different room in your home while maintaining the wireless connection.
You can pair this kit with your existing cable or satellite set-top box, and the transmitter will automatically identify it when it’s powered on. It will automatically send the video or audio to your TV when the TV is in range of the transmitter, and you can control the display on the TV from the remote. It’s the perfect solution for those who have multiple TVs throughout their home, and it eliminates cable clutter.