How to Convert a Digital Cable to Analog

By Stephen Lilley

The benefits of digital cable television are vast. However, if you're working with an older television that doesn't have a digital television tuner built in, your television will not be able to understand the signal it receives from the cable company. You will need to convert that digital cable signal to an analog one, which is the way television was formerly broadcast and is what your television knows how to work with.

Things You'll Need

  • A digital converter box or a digital cable box

Step 1

Connect the coaxial cable that provides the digital television signal to either a digital converter box or a digital cable box. A digital converter box and a digital cable box are essentially the same thing--they will both down-convert a complicated digital television signal to an analog one. Your cable company should have provided you with a digital cable box, but if they didn't, you'll need to purchase a digital converter box from an electronics store like Best Buy. They generally range in price from $40 to $60.

Step 2

Connect your digital converter box or your digital cable box to your television via a coaxial cable. There is a "TV In" coax input located on the back of your television. Using a standard coax cable, connect that "TV In" input to the "TV Out" output located on the back of your digital box.

Step 3

Use the remote control that came with your digital converter box or digital cable box to turn on your television. As the signal is being processed through the box, you will not be able to use the remote that controls your television. You will be controlling your television, volume and all, through the Digital Box.

Step 4

Turn your TV on and the box will automatically down-convert the signal from digital to analog.

Tips & Warnings

  • A digital cable box usually comes with a recurring monthly fee, while a digital converter box is a one-time purchase.