How to Hook Up Netflix to a Cable Box

By Alexander Poirier

Netflix's instant streaming service lets you stream content directly to your computer or Netflix capable player. The Roku Netflix Player, Apple TV and PlayStation 3 game console are all capable of Netflix streaming, and they all share the same setup process. If you have a cable box that has a secondary input port, you can connect one of these players directly to the cable box, allowing you to watch cable TV or stream Netflix whenever you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Composite cable or 2 HDMI cables

Step 1

Plug the adapter end of the power cable that came with the Netflix player into the power adapter port on the back of the device. Plug the opposite end of the power cable into a power outlet.

Step 2

Plug the adapter end of player's composite AV cable into the AV adapter port on the back of the Netflix player. If you are using an HDMI connection, plug one end of the first HDMI cable into the HDMI output port on the back of the player.

Step 3

Plug the opposite end of the player's composite cable into the red, white and yellow input ports on the back of the cable box. If you are using an HDMI connection, plug the opposite end of the first HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the back of the cable box.

Step 4

Plug the red, white and yellow plugs on one end of the second composite AV cable into the red, white and yellow output ports on the back of the cable box. If you are using an HDMI connection, plug one end of the second HDMI cable into the HDMI output port on the back of the cable box.

Step 5

Plug the opposite end of the second composite cable into the red, white and yellow input ports on the back of the television. If you are using an HDMI connection, plug the opposite end of the second HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the back of the television.

Step 6

Turn on the television, cable box and Netflix player and switch the cable box over to its secondary output. The Netflix player's interface will now be displayed on the television screen.