How to Connect a Converter Box to a TV

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Since the digital conversion in the United States, analog televisions require a built-in digital tuner or an external digital converter box in order to be used to watch over-the-air television. If you have an analog television, you can purchase a digital converter box for your set from most electronics stores and hook it up to your television in just a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Converter box
  • Two coaxial cables (typically included with a converter box)
  • Rabbit ears or another type of antenna


  1. Connect one end of a coaxial cable to your rabbit ears or other antenna you were previously using for a television signal.

  2. Plug the other end of the coaxial cable connected to your antenna into the back of your converter box in the port labeled "Cable In."

  3. Plug the second coaxial cable into the back of your television.

  4. Connect the other end of the second coaxial cable into the back of your converter box into the port labeled "Cable Out."

  5. Plug your converter box into an electrical outlet for power, and begin watching your television with a new digital signal.



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