How to Install a TV Antenna on the AV Plugs

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How to Install a TV Antenna on the AV Plugs
Connect a TV antenna with a converter box and coaxial and composite cables. (future television image by Nicemonkey from

Connecting a television antenna to AV (audio-video) plugs requires an intermediate component called a digital converter box, which is used to process over-the-air television signals for viewing on older TV sets, such as cathode ray-tube models. TV antennas also connect with a coaxial cable, so hooking an antenna to AV connections makes an adaptor necessary, and the converter box also fulfils this role. A standard set of composite cables is required to complete the antenna connection with the converter and a TV set.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Coaxial cable with coupler on each end
  • DTV converter box
  • Composite cable
  • TV

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  1. 1

    Connect the coaxial cable from the antenna's "RF Out" jack to the "Coax In" jack on the back of the digital converter box by turning the coupler on each end of the cable clockwise and tightening with fingertips around the threaded jacks.

  2. 2

    Insert the three AV plugs on one end of the composite cable into the colour-coded yellow, white and red jacks on the back of the converter box.

  3. 3

    Connect the three AV plugs on the other end to the "AV In" jacks on the back of the TV.

  4. 4

    Turn on the converter box and the TV, and then press the "Scan" button on the front of the box to capture and store available channels through the antenna.

  5. 5

    Press the TV remote control "Input" button over and over until the signal from the antenna appears on screen.

Tips and warnings

  • Connect the coaxial and cmposite AV cables before turning on the power to the equipment.

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