How to Connect an HDTV to a Standard DirecTV Box

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To receive high-definition programming from DirecTV, you need a specialized high-definition box. If you only have a standard-definition box, you can still connect it to your HDTV, you just won't be able to receive and watch high-definition content on your television. To maintain the highest possible quality despite the limitations of your DirecTV box, you'll need to use something called component video cables.

Things You'll Need

  • Component video cables
  • Locate the component video cable inputs on both your HDTV and your standard-definition DirecTV box. There will be three inputs that all work together to transfer video signals from one device to another. Each will have its own separate color on both devices--red, green, and blue.

  • Insert the plugs on one end of your component video cable into the video inputs on your HDTV. Match up the colors so that the red plug goes into the red input, the green plug goes into the green input and the blue plug goes into the blue input.

  • Insert the plugs on the second end of your component video cable into the video inputs on your standard definition DirecTV receiver box. Match up the colors so that the red plug goes into the red input, the green plug goes into the green input and the blue plug goes into the blue input. Your DirecTV receiver box and your HDTV are now connected together.

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