How to Connect a TV Antenna and Cable to a Television

By Nick Davis

Your home is wired with a television antenna and a cable television connection. You don't want to give up the television antenna connection because not all of the broadcast channels in your area are available on the cable television service running into your home. You don't have to choose between the two connections. You can connect both a TV antenna and a cable connection to your television set. Once the two connections are established, you can view both signals as if the programming was coming from one connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Splitter
  • Coaxial cable, 2 feet

Step 1

Unplug your television and turn the set around so the back of the set is facing you.

Step 2

Disconnect the antenna or cable connection from the television's “VHF,” “Antenna In” or similarly worded port if it is connected.

Step 3

Examine your splitter and notice one end of the device has a coaxial port while the other end has two coaxial ports.

Step 4

Plug the coaxial end of the television antenna into one of the two coaxial ports on the splitter.

Step 5

Plug the coaxial cable coming from the cable television connection outlet into the second coaxial port on the splitter. Use the port next to the one you used to plug the television antenna into.

Step 6

Place one end of a 2 foot piece of coaxial cable into the single coaxial port on the splitter.

Step 7

Plug the other end of the 2 foot piece of coaxial cable into your television's “VHF,” “Antenna In” or similarly worded port.

Step 8

Plug in the television set and turn it around so the screen is facing you.

Step 9

Use your television's remote control to access the “Menu,” “Setup” or similarly worded function. Or press the "Menu" or "Setup" button on the front of the television.

Step 10

Select the “Channel Setup” or similarly worded function. Set the Input to “Cable” and perform an “Auto Scan” to locate all available cable television channels.

Step 11

Select the “Channel Setup” or similarly worded function, then set the input to “Antenna” and perform an “Auto Scan” to locate all available broadcast channels. Your television will locate both broadcast and cable television channels.

Step 12

Scan the channels on your television to make sure all available channels have been found. If you are missing any channels that you know you should have, manually program the channels into your television using the “Channel Setup,” “Manual Channel Setup” or similarly worded function.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the broadcast channels (TV antenna channels) are not clear, adjust your television antenna.