• Español
  •  
  • Ashburn, VA

    Let us know the location you'd like to browse.

    or

    Already a Cox Residential customer?

    Looking for Business services? Go to Cox Business home

TV

Are the cables in your living room creating a jungle? Don't worry – we'll help you untangle things so that Digital Television makes sense. Just pick the category that describes your problem, and we'll guide you through it – step-by-step.

Back Print Article

Connecting Your Cable Box to HDTV

Last Updated: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 > Related Articles

71 rated this

Summary

Connect an HDTV to a Cox cable box using various HD video and audio cable options during first time setup.

Solution

Learn how to install your Cox Advanced TV service.
1

Connect the Cable Box to the Cable Source

RF Coax cable

RF (Coax)

For all cable boxes, the first step in setting up your cable connection is to connect the RF (coax) cable from the wall to the CABLE IN port on the cable box.
2

Connect the Cable Box to an HDTV

In order to view HD programming on your HDTV, you must select from one of the following video cable options:


Component cable

Component

 

Component video ports are found on all HDTVs, and is available for use on all Cox HD cable boxes.

Use these steps to connect your HDTV to a cable box with this type of cable:

  1. Connect one end of the component video cable to the Y Pb Pr port on the back of the cable box.
  2. Connect one end of the component video cable to the first available Y Pb Pr port on the back of the HDTV.

Component video cables only provide a video connection between the cable box and the HDTV. For instructions on how to connect the audio connections of your cable box, click here.

DVI cable

DVI

 

DVI video ports are found on most HDTVs, and is available for use on several Cox HD cable boxes. 

Use these steps to connect your HDTV to a cable box with this type of cable:

  1. Connect one end of the DVI video cable to the DVI port on the back of the cable box.
  2. Connect one end of the DVI video cable to the DVI port on the back of the HDTV.

Note: DVI video cables provide only a video connection between the cable box and the HDTV. For instructions on how to connect the audio connections of your cable box to your TV, click here.

HDMI cable

HDMI

 

HDMI ports are found on most HDTVs, and is available for use on several Cox HD cable boxes. It provides both the audio and video connection on a single cable.

Use these steps to connect your HDTV to the cable box with this type of cable:

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the back of the cable box.
  2. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the first available HDMI port on the back of the HDTV.

Note: Although a HDMI cable provides both the audio and video connection between an HDTV and a cable box, you may still need to use additional cables to connect the cable box to a Stereo or Home Theater System. Click here for instructions.

3

Connect the Audio Cables

Depending on the type of video cable that was used, you may need to use an additional audio cable to complete the cable box setup. Choose the option below (Stereo or Digital) that best fits your equipment.

highlights audio cable to HDTV connections

Click here to expand

 

Stereo Audio cable
Stereo Audio

Stereo audio ports are found on all HDTVs, and is available for use with all cable boxes. 

Use these steps to connect the audio output of a cable box using this type cable:

  1. Connect one end of the stereo audio cable to the AUDIO OUT port on the back of the cable box. The ports will be labeled R for right audio (red cable), and L for left audio (white cable).  
  2. Connect one end of the stereo audio cable to the first available AUDIO IN port on the back of the HDTV.

Note: If a component video cable was used to connect the cable box to your HDTV, it will most likely have a corresponding stereo audio port that you must connect this cable to as shown in the image below. Consult your HDTV's User Manual for additional information. 

Digital Audio

Digital audio ports are found on most HDTVs, and is available for use on all cable boxes. This cable provides a higher level of sound quality for HDTVs. 

Depending on the type of port your HDTV has, use these steps to connect the audio output of a cable box:

Both coaxial and optical digital audio cables provide the same level of audio quality.

Coaxial cable
Coaxial

  1. Connect one end of the coaxial digital audio cable to the DIGITAL AUDIO port on the back of the cable box.
  2. Connect one end of the digital audio cable to the DIGITAL AUDIO IN port on the back of the HDTV.

Optical cable
Optical

  1. Connect one end of the optical digital audio cable to the OPTICAL AUDIO OUT port on the back of the cable box.
  2. Connect one end of the optical digital audio cable to the OPTICAL AUDIO IN port on the back of the HDTV.
4

Connect to a Power Source

After connecting your HDTV to the cable box, the last step is to connect both the TV and cable box to a wall outlet or surge protector. 

Back to top


Rate this Article:

Related Topics:

Give us your feedback:

Feedback

Maximum 500 characters

Back Print Article

Need More Help?