How to Connect a Motorola Cable Box to a TV

By Kevin Krause

Motorola cable boxes provide cutting-edge technology to ensure they will be adaptable to older and newer television sets. The array of ports available on the back can make the initial set-up short of intuitive, but you will only need to use a few of the available connections to get your system up and running. Digital outputs allow for surround sound audio and HD video, though analog connections are available if your TV does not support digital connections. Motorola provides all the basic cables you will need to install your box, and installation should only take a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Motorola cable box
  • Component (included), composite or DVI video cable
  • RCA (included), SPDIF, or optical audio cable

Step 1

Connect the included coaxial cable from the wall jack to the "Cable In" jack on the read of the cable box.

Step 2

Connect the video output from the cable box to the video input of your television. The Motorola cable box comes with a set of component video cables, which can support full HD video. Match the color-coded jacks to their appropriate cable ends. If your television does not support component video or if you wish to use a different type of connection there are several additional options. You can connect using a standard analog RCA video cable, but this will not provide HD video. The DVI port allows for a completely digital connection and full HD video.

Step 3

Use the included RCA audio cable to connect the left and right audio signal to your television. Match the color-coded jacks to the same colored cable end. If available, you can use the SPDIF or optical SPDIF audio outputs to transmit a digital audio signal that can support 5.1 surround sound. You could also connect these additional audio ports to a home theater receiver.

Step 4

Plug in the cable box and power it on. Make sure your television is tuned to the correct video channel, and test for proper audio and video. If there is no audio or video, or if audio and video appears off, double check all connections and make sure your television is tuned to the correct video signal.

Tips & Warnings

  • When possible, use the digital connections to ensure the best video and audio signal available.