How to Connect Satellite TV to Surround Sound

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If you want to connect your satellite TV service to a surround sound home theatre receiver, you don't actually want to connect the TV to the receiver. What you want to do instead is connect the satellite television box given to you during the service's installation to the home theatre receiver. This way you can experience all of the uncompressed audio from all of your favourite shows and movies in glorious surround sound.

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Things you need

  • Satellite receiver
  • Television
  • Home theatre system
  • HDMI cable

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  1. 1

    An HDMI is a type of high quality media cable that can transfer both high definition audio and high definition video from one device to the next over a single line. If you want to experience high definition picture and sound available from your satellite television service, you'll need to use an HDMI cable.

    Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the "Out" output on the rear of your satellite TV receiver box. Once a cable is connected to this output, your satellite TV receiver box will begin transmitting audio and video signals through the connected HDMI cable and into whatever device you connect it to.

  2. 2

    Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the "In" input on the rear of your surround sound receiver. Make a note of the input label name written above the input on the back of the receiver where you inserted the HDMI cable as you'll need to remember it later.

  3. 3

    Turn on your TV, your satellite TV receiver box and your surround sound receiver. Tune the satellite TV receiver box to a channel with programming. Tune the surround sound receiver to the input you found at the end of Step 3. You will now be able to hear all of your television programming in high definition surround sound.

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