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Connecting Your HDTV to Your Spectrum Receiver

You can connect your high-definition (HD) Spectrum Receiver (cable box) to your television using either HDMI or component cables.

To get started:

  1. Connect the power cord to the back of the receiver and plug it into a wall outlet.
  2. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable wall outlet and the other end to the Cable In port on the HD receiver.

Now you'll need to determine which connection method you'll use to connect your HD receiver to your TV. For the best results, we recommend using an HDMI cable.

An HDMI cable looks like this.

Plug one end of the HDMI cable into your receiver and the other end into an HDMI input on your TV. Use your TV remote to change the input/source setting on the TV to the proper HDMI source.

To change the input on your TV, look for these common keys on your remote:

  • Input
  • AUX
  • Source
  • Video Source
  • Component

Some common HDMI sources include:

  • Video 1 and 2
  • HDMI 1 or Component 2
  • Cable Box or DVD

For exact steps, refer to your TV’s user manual.

Connection Diagram
Your connection will look something like this.

Component Cables

If you don’t have an HDMI port on your television, you can use component cables to connect your HD receiver to your TV.

Connect the component cables to your HDTV and your receiver. Be sure to match the colors of the cables to the colors of the inputs.

HDMI Plugin

Now that your HD receiver is connected to your HDTV, you can learn how to activate your HD receiver.

Note: Not all receivers have components ports. You only need to activate your receiver in order to view programming if this is a new self-installation. Learn more about self-installing Spectrum TV service.

Refer to your TV manual to set up the display of high definition and standard definition programming. Learn more about HD picture formats.

HDMI Cable Troubleshooting

Audio Issues

You may need to change an audio setting on you Spectrum Receiver.