How to Convert Cable to HDTV


So you finally purchased an HDTV, but when you got it home and hooked it up to your cable, the picture wasn't as good as it was on the display floor. That is because in order to get an HD picture, you need to convert from cable to HDTV. This is a simple process that you can do with the help of your cable service provider. Some cable providers will send a technician to your house to make the conversion for you, but if you don't want to wait a few days for your appointment, you can complete the process yourself by following a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • HD converter box
  • Component cables
  • Contact your cable provider and sign up for HDTV programming, and make arrangements to exchange your cable converter box to an HD converter box.

  • Pick up your HD converter box and necessary component connection wires at your cable provider's office.

  • Connect your coaxial cable line into the back of your new HD converter box where it says "Cable In."

  • Connect the red, blue, and green component cables to the back of the HD converter box where it says "Cable Out" or "Component Out." Connect the other ends to the corresponding colors on the back of your HDTV where it says "Component 1 In."

  • Connect the red and white audio ends to the audio output jacks on the back of the HD converter box, and then to the "Audio In" ports on the back of the HDTV.

  • Plug in your converter box and allow it to run through the "boot" sequence. This can take several minutes. When the time appears on the front of your converter box, you can now turn on the HDTV and check your connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some TVs require that you go to the "TV/Audio" input screen, and change your input selection from "Cable" to "TV." If neither selection works for you, call your cable provider's tech support line and they will walk you through troubleshooting.
  • Do not turn on the HDTV while you are waiting for the HD converter box to boot up, because this can interfere with the process and you will have to start over with the reboot.

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