How to Connect DirectTV to the Components


When you subscribed to DirectTV, the installer hooked up your television and the dish on your roof to the satellite receiver box. The installer also connected the receiver box to the nearest phone jack. What happens when you want to add auxiliary equipment after the installer is long gone? If you are adding components like a DVD burner/player and surround-sound system, you can do it yourself quite easily.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Optical digital audio cable
  • 1 Component video cable
  • 1 Additional audio cable
  • Position the new components adjacent to the television and satellite receiver box. Don't plug them into the household power yet.

  • Pull the satellite receiver box out so that you can see the back of it; you'll find a collection of jacks labeled "Component Video Out." There will be three jacks in a row, and below those three jacks there will be a grouping of four jacks labeled "Audio Out." To the right you will see a telephone-jack sized jack called "Digital Audio Out/Optical." To the left you will see a jack labeled "S-Video Out."

  • Run the component video cable (it has green, blue and red connectors) from the three jacks in a row on the satellite receiver box to the DVD player/burner's corresponding jacks. Match up the colors.

  • Run the audio cables (red and white connectors) from a pair of the group of four to the DVD player/recorder. Again, match the colors.

  • Run a digital audio cable from the "Digital Audio Out/Optical" jack on the satellite receiver box to the surround system's corresponding jack.

  • Verify the television is still connected. It should be connected to a red and white cable from a pair in the group of four and also a plain black cable from "S-Video Out."

  • Plug the power in on all of the components and test.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are adding a DVD burner, remember that TV programming has copyright restrictions.

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