In terms of cable programming, set-top boxes allow users to view digital cable programs on their televisions. However, before users can begin watching these programs, the box must be activated by the appropriate cable company. Generally, these boxes can be activated online as long as users have the appropriate information on their cable box.
Turn on your television and set-top box. Find the pertinent information needed for your set-top box activation. For example, in the case of Verizon boxes, the activation code is located on your set top's receipt.
Visit the website for your set-top box's cable company, and select the "Activate" option.
Enter the necessary information for activation. In the case of the Verizon box, you need to enter the activation number, your ZIP code and your state name.