How to Connect a TV to Digital Cable

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How to Connect a TV to Digital Cable
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Connecting a TV to a digital cable box is a matter of running cables to the appropriate connectors between the two devices. There are various types of connections to be made for standard-definition TVs, high-definition TVs and even TVs with picture-in-picture, but the premise is always the same--the cables go to the connectors into which they fit. The most difficult aspect of putting it all together is hiding the cables afterward so there's not a big mess of wires everywhere.

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Things you need

  • Appropriate cables

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  1. 1

    Determine the type of cable connection you'll make. Different connections require different cables. There are various connections for TVs with standard definition, high definition and picture-in-picture.

  2. 2

    Position the TV and the cable box so that you can easily gain access to their connectors.

  3. 3

    Find the appropriate connectors for the connection you'll make.

  4. 4

    Connect the coaxial cable to the coax cable connector on the back of the cable box and the coax cable connector on the wall.

  5. 5

    Connect the appropriate cables to the connectors on the cable box and then connect them to the TV connectors. Some connections require a coaxial cable running from the cable box to the TV, while other connections require coloured RCA cables to fit into connectors of appropriate colours on the cable box and the TV. There are even more connections to be made, depending on the type of TV.

  6. 6

    Turn on the TV and the cable box.

  7. 7

    Set the TV to the appropriate source so that the picture from the cable box appears.

  8. 8

    Allow the cable box to load all the channels. Once the channels show up and the information shows on the viewing guide, the connection is complete.

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