Cable Connection FAQ
What are the inputs on my receiver?
As shown above, there are many different inputs or ways to connect different devices to your television. For your television service you typically will use 4 different types of inputs. The amount of inputs or naming of the inputs will vary by manufacturer. You may need to make reference to your television manual for more information.
HDMI: Shown in green, is the most up to date way to connect high definition receivers to your television. It will provide you with HD service currently up to 1080i definition. It will usually show up on the input list of your television as HDMI.
Component: Shown in red, is a way to connect your receiver to your television. This will provide you with high definition service, capable of 1080i. It requires 3 separate cables (Red, Green and Blue) for your picture and 2 (Red, White) for your audio. It will usually show up on the input list of your television as Component, YPbPr or Colourstream.
RCA: Shown in blue, is another way to connect your receiver to your television. This will provide you a standard definition service. Some newer televisions try to save space by combining RCA and Component together. This will allow you to plug the yellow connection into the Y or Green component connection as your video. It will usually show up on the input list of your television as Video or AV.
Coaxial: Shown in yellow, is the main way to connect your cable service to your television. This will provide you a standard definition service. It will typically show up on the input list of your television as Cable or TV.
The choice of input depends on the receiver and television model you have, and varies according to definition (standard or high definition) you are looking for.