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Charter TV Using a Splitter & A/B Switch With RF Connections

Add your VCR to a TV and DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX

Adding DVD to your TV and DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX

Adding Video Game System

How to: Connect a TV and DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX with Composite

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable wall outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect the Composite cable from the DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX Composite output to the TV Composite input. The Composite cable has 3 RCA connectors on each end that are usually color coded. Use the yellow connectors for video, the white connector for Left channel audio and the red connector for Right channel audio.
  3. Set your TV to view the input you just connected. Consult your TV manual for more information.

How to: Connect a TV and DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX with S-Video

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Wall Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect the S-Video cable from the Digital Set-top Box S-Video output to the TV S-Video input.
  3. Set your TV to view the input you just connected. Consult your TV manual for more information.

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, and VCR with Composite

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Wall Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect the Composite cable from the Digital Set-top Box Composite output to the VCR Composite input. The Composite cable has 3 RCA connectors on each end that are usually color coded. Use the yellow connector for video, the white connector for Left channel audio and the red connector for Right channel audio.
  3. Connect the Composite cable from the VCR Composite output to the TV Composite input
  4. Set your TV and VCR to view the input you just connected. Consult your TV and VCR manuals for more information. Typically your VCR will need to be turned on to pass video from the Digital Set-top Box through the VCR to the TV.

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, VCR AND STEREO

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Wall Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on VCR.
  3. Connect Composite audio/video cables from Audio OUT on DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX to Audio IN on Stereo. a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio)
  4. Connect Composite Out on VCR to In on TV.

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, and VCR with a Splitter

  1. Connect the Cable Wall Outlet to the common port on a 2-way splitter.
  2. Connect 1 output port of the splitter to the DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX IN.
  3. Connect 1 output port of the splitter to the TV Cable/Auxiliary port
  4. Connect RF (coax) from DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX OUT to VCR IN.
  5. Connect Composite Out on VCR to In on TV.

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, and VCR with a Splitter and A/B Switch

An A/B switch is necessary in some areas when you want to view an off-air program and record a program at the same time. When hooked up according the diagram, the A/B switch is set to the A side when you want to record something and watch something else. When set to the A side, you need to be changing your channels through the TV. This allows you to record whatever channel the converter box is set to without having to view that program. The VCR should be set to record on the appropriate input channel (2, 3, or 4). When you want to view the channel being sent to the converter box, flip the A/B switch to side B.

  1. Connect the Cable Wall Outlet to the common port on a 2-way splitter.
  2. Connect 1 output port cable of the splitter to the DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX IN.
  3. Connect 1 output port cable of the splitter to the A on the A/B switch.
  4. Connect cable from DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX OUT to VCR IN.
  5. Connect Composite Out on VCR to the "B" on the A/B switch.
  6. Connect cable from the A/B switch to the TV.

Note: The external splitter is required with the digital set-top box even if the television has an internal splitter.

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How to: Connect a Picture-In-Picture TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, and VCR using RF

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Wall Outlet to 2-way RF splitter IN.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from one splitter output to RF IN on DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX.
  3. Connect RF (coax) from second splitter output to Cable/Aux RF IN on TV.
  4. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX to RF IN on VCR.
  5. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on VCR to RF IN on TV.

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX and DVD Player using RF and Composite

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on TV.
  3. Connect Composite audio/video cables from Composite OUT on DVD to Composite IN on TV. a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio)

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, DVD Player, and VCR using RF and Composite

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on VCR.
  3. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on VCR to RF IN on TV.
  4. Connect Composite audio/video cables from Composite OUT on DVD to Composite IN on TV. a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio)
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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, DVD Player, VCR, and Video Game System using RF Switch

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on VCR.
  3. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on VCR to RF IN on TV.
  4. Connect Composite audio/video cables from Game to Composite IN on VCR. a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio)
  5. Connect Composite audio/video cables from DVD Composite OUT to Composite IN on TV. a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio)

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How to: Connect a TV, DIGITAL SET-TOP BOX, VCR, Video Game System

A video game system can be connected in two ways.
Using Audio/Video Jacks:

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on VCR.
  3. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on VCR to RF IN on TV.
  4. Connect audio/video jacks from Game System Composite OUT on to Composite IN on TV a. Match colors of cables yellow to yellow (video), white to white (Left audio), red to red (Right audio) b. Audio/Video jacks can also be connected to VCR when available.

Using an RF Switch:

  1. Connect RF (coax) from Cable Outlet to RF IN on Digital Set-top Box.
  2. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on Digital Set-top Box to RF IN on VCR.
  3. Connect RF (coax) from RF OUT on VCR to RF Switch RF IN A.
  4. Connect RF (coax) from Game System Modulator to RF Switch RF IN B.
  5. Connect RF (coax) from RF Switch RF OUT to RF IN on TV.

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Definitions of Interfaces

RF: An analog interface that uses an RF output via coax wherein the audio and video are modulated onto analog channel 3 or 4. RF only supports displaying video in 480i.

Composite: An analog interface that uses a 3 wire connection for 1 video (Yellow) and 2 audio (White, Red) with RCA connectors and jacks. It is also called Baseband. Composite only supports displaying video in 480i. A Composite connection will provide better video quality than an RF connection.

S-Video: An analog interface that uses a 4-pin connection for video only. It is also called Y/C. An audio connection can be completed by using the Composite audio connections. S-Video only supports displaying video in 480i. An S-Video connection will provide better video quality than an RF connection

.Component: An analog interface that uses a 3 wire connection for 3 components of the video (Red, Green, Blue). It is also called YPbPr. Component supports displaying video in 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. An audio connection can be completed by using the Composite audio connections or SPDIF connections.

DVI-D (Digital Visual Interface-Digital): A digital interface that uses a 24-pin connection for video only. DVI-D is generically referred to as DVI. DVI-D supports video in 480i , 480p, 720p and 1080i. An audio connection can be completed by using the Composite audio connections or SPDIF connections. The HDTV and Digital Digital Set-top Box connected by DVI must synchronize before displaying video. The HDTV must support HDCP, otherwise the screen will be blank, without audio.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): A digital interface that uses a multi-pin connection for video and audio. HDMI supports video in 480i , 480p, 720p and 1080i. The HDTV and Digital Digital Set-top Box connected by HDMI must synchronize before displaying video. The HDTV must support HDCP, otherwise the screen will be blank, without audio. Video between DVI-D and HDMI ports is compatible with a physical adapter, but audio would need to be connected separately.

HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection): A specification applied to DVI and HDMI connections to provide content protection over the digital connection. All Digital Digital Set-top Boxes use HDCP on their digital connections. TVs must also support HDCP to be connected to the Digital Set-top Box by DVI or HDMI. No audio or video will be available through the DVI/HDMI connection if the TV does not support HDCP.

SPDIF: A digital audio connection using either a coaxial connection with RCA connectors or an optical connection using multi-mode fiber. SPDIF supports stereo and surround sound audio.

1394/Firewire: Uses a 4-pin or 6-pin connector. 1394 supports video in 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. It also carries audio. The IPG (Interactive Program Guide) overlay graphics are not supported in the 1394 specifications for video streaming. Therefore, 1394 is not recommended for use as a primary display interface. It can be used in archiving content to 1394 Digital VCRs. This video connection generally can not be used to connect to PCs, media devices, etc.

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