How to Hook up Cable Box to TV without HDMI

Cable Boxes are becoming more and more common as everyone loves to enjoy more channels on their HDTV. These cable boxes can convert the signals from the sources and change them into a proper input for your TV.

The most suitable option for connecting your cable box to your Tv will be with an HDMI cable. The advantage here is that HDMI has a single cable for both audio and video support. But you might have an old TV set or maybe the HDMI port has been damaged, well we got you covered.

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how you can connect your cable box with your TV without HDMI. You don’t have to break your wallet and buy a new TV set just because you don’t have a working HDMI port.

You can use these methods to still connect your cable box with your TV set and enjoy uninterrupted transmission.

Best tricks to hook up your cable box with TV without HDMI

So, here are 4 alternate methods to connect your cable box with your TV without HDMI.

1. HDMI Converter

If you have an HDMI option available in your TV or cable box, this is the best way to go for. This will not only provide better quality but will also be an easy way to go with.

For this method, you will need

  • HDMI converter
  • RCA cables

Steps to connect cable box with a TV with HDMI converter

1) Use one end of RCA cables (you can use component RCA cables or composite RCA cables) to the device which do not have the HDMI option.

2) Connect the other end of RCA cables to the HDMI converter.

3) Take an HDMI cable and attach one end to the device which has an HDMI option available (it can be your cable box or TV).

4) Take the other end of the HDMI cable and connect it to the HDMI converter.

5) Turn on the TV and receiver box, now from settings change your default output (speakers) and input (cable box) to external (which are the same that you just attached).

6) Test your setup and if you can hear a clear sound with video, you are good to go.

And there you go. Now you can enjoy your cable box with your TV. Here I’ll like to add that you can also use an HDMI to VGA/USB converter if your TV has VGA/USB support. You have to follow the same steps.

Here’s a link to get a HDMI to RCA converter

Link to buy HDMI to VGA/USB converter


2. Composite RCA cables

Before HDMI came in and took over the cable dance floor, RCA cables were actually pretty famous. The only disadvantage they had was that they do not have a single cable for all-purpose like the HDMI but instead have different colour coding for audio and video inputs.

There are basically 3 different cables:

Yellow – for video

Red and white – for audio

Steps to connect cable box with a TV with RCA composite cables

1) Take one end of 3 composite cables and plug them into the dedicated audio and video port of your cable box (the simple trick here is to match the color of the cable with that of the port).

2) Take the other end of the cables and plug it into your TV.

3) Now turn on the TV and receiver.

4) Open the source menu and from there enter the information menu (this might be slightly changed according to your TV set).

5) Now select your receiver as external output and check if you are receiving both audio and video.

And there you go, just like that, you have set up your cable box with your TV with composite cable.

Component RCA cable

The only difference they have is that in this cable the video input is again divided into 3 different cables (or components). These are red, blue, and green.

In this setup, you have to match these colors on your TV and cable box.

Follow all the rest of the just as composite cables.

Here’s a link to a very useful video to help you, in getting the connection right with RCA cables.


RF connector

This is the last option to save yourself from buying a new TV set. If you have a very old TV set, it’s likely to have a port for the RF connector. You can easily find a cable box that supports the same option.

Steps to connect cable box with RF connector.

1) All you have to do is take a single copper wire and attach the RF connector to both ends.

2) It is basically a coaxial wire with a copper pin in the center.

3) Attach one end of the wire to the back of your TV.

4) Attach the other end of the cable box.

5) Turn on your TV and set your receiver.

There you go, another hack to make use of your very old TV pal.

This was all on how to connect your TV to a cable box with HDMI. So, as you see there are lots of ways to make use of your TV and not buy a new one just because you can’t use the HDMI option anymore.

If you have any other questions or any confusion left, we will be more than happy to help. Just leave your quarries in the comment section below and we will get back to you with a solution as soon as we can. Till then, stay safe.

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