How to Hook Up an HDTV Cable Box to the TV

You've purchased a HDTV and can't wait to start viewing high definition broadcasts. But first you have to connect your HDTV cable box to your TV. Although cable boxes may differ slightly, the connection process is similar. Cable boxes have one of two high-definition output connections: HDMI or Component.

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You must properly connect your HD cable box to your TV to view high-definition television.

HDMI Cable Box

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Turn off the HD cable box and your HDTV before connecting any cables.

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Connect the coaxial cable from your wall outlet to the coaxial cable port of your HDTV cable box.

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Connect one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the back of the cable box.

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Plug the opposite end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port of your HDTV. This is usually located on the side or back of the TV.

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Turn on the cable box and your TV. Your HDTV cable box is now properly connected to your TV.

Component Cable Box

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Turn off the HD cable box and your HDTV before connecting any cables.

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Connect the coaxial cable from your wall outlet to the coaxial cable port of your HDTV cable box.

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Plug the component video cable, which contains three separate jacks, into the component ports of the cable box labeled "Y," "Pb," and "Pr." "Y" corresponds to the green cable, "Pb" corresponds to the blue cable and "Pr" corresponds to the red cable. Then plug the audio cables, which are two bundled red and white cables, into the audio output jacks on the back of the cable box.

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Connect the opposite end of the component cable into your HDTV. The component input jack is usually located on the side or back of the TV.

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Turn on the cable box and your TV. Your HDTV cable box is now properly connected to your TV.