How to Connect a Satellite Dish to a Digital Television

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How to Connect a Satellite Dish to a Digital Television
Hook up digital TV to satellite dish service either with HDMI or component cables. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Satellite television signals are captured by an outdoor dish assembly connected by coaxial cable to an indoors receiver box that unscrambles the programming for display on TV. Deciding which cable to use for the connection from the receiver box to a digital TV depends on the available ports on both components. A High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) jack is available on digital satellite receiver boxes. Some satellite receiver may instead be equipped with component jacks, which require an RGB video cable with colour-coded plugs. Either connection takes only a few minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • HDMI or component AV cables

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Instructions

    Satellite Connections for High-Def Digital TVs

  1. 1

    Screw on the coupler on the end of the coaxial cable from the satellite dish to the threaded coax input jack on the back of the satellite receiver box.

  2. 2

    Insert the six-sided plug on the end of an HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the receiver box with the wide end of the plug turned up.

  3. 3

    Push the plug on the other end into the HDMI input port on the back panel of the digital TV. This completes the connection since HDMI delivers high-def picture and digital audio in a single cable.

  4. 4

    Press the "Input" button on the TV remote control to access the jacks connecting the digital set to the satellite box. Watch for the satellite signal to appear on the TV screen.

    Hook Up Satellite Service with Component Cable

  1. 1

    Connect the coupler on the end of the coaxial cable from the satellite dish to the threaded coax input jack on the back of the satellite receiver box.

  2. 2

    Insert the RGB (red, green and blue) component video plugs on one end of the cables into the corresponding jacks on the back of the receiver. Match the plug colours to the jacks.

  3. 3

    Connect the other ends to the RGB inputs on the back of the digital TV.

  4. 4

    Insert the red and white audio plugs into the matching red and white audio jacks on the satellite receiver box, then plug the other ends into the audio inputs on the TV that are grouped with the RGB video jacks.

  5. 5

    Press the "Input" button on the TV remote control to access the jacks connecting the digital set to the satellite box. Watch for the satellite signal to appear on the TV screen.

Tips and warnings

  • Unplug the receiver and TV from the electricity while connecting other cables.

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