How to Connect a Cable Box, a DVD/VCR Combo, & an HDTV With HDMI Cables

By James Red

HDMI cables provide the clearest picture possible out of all video cables. They also carry audio, making connecting devices like a DVD player or cable box easier than ever before, with no need to worry about multiple audio cables. Nearly every HDTV sold today has at least one HDMI port, and most have multiple ports. Connecting a cable box and DVD/VCR combo player to an HDTV with multiple HDMI ports may seem daunting at first, but once you find out how many ports you have and where they are, it's a relatively simple process.

Step 1

Check to see how many HDMI connection ports are available on your HDTV; most have at least one on the back. Check the sides and bottom of the HDTV if you cannot find any, sometimes additional ports are placed there as well. If you want to hook up a DVD/VCR combo player and a cable box both using HDMI, then you will need two HDMI ports and two HDMI cables.

Step 2

Unplug the HDTV, DVD/VCR combo and cable box from the power outlets.

Step 3

Position both your DVD/VCR combo and your cable box in you entertainment center so the HDMI cables can reach both devices and the HDTV.

Step 4

Connect the cable box to your HDTV by plugging one end of the cable into the box and the other into the HDTV. If the HDMI ports on your television set are numbered you may want to plug the cable box into "Port 1".

Step 5

Connect the DVD/VCR combo to the HDTV the same way you connected the cable box. If the HDMI ports on your HDTV are numbered, plug the player into the second port.

Step 6

Plug in both devices and your HDTV.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have enough HDMI ports you can get an HDMI splitter or use the other connection ports on the back of the television set.