You can connect your Spectrum high-definition (HD) Spectrum receiver (cable box) to your HDTV using either HDMI or component cables.

To get started:

  1. Connect the power cord to the back of the Spectrum receiver and plug it into a wall outlet.
  2. Connect the coaxial cable between the cable wall outlet and the Cable In port on the HD Spectrum receiver.

Now, you'll need to determine which connection method you'll use to connect your HD Spectrum receiver to your HDTV. For the best results, we recommend using an HDMI cable.


An HDMI cable looks like this:

And it connects like this:

Plug one end of the HDMI cable into your Spectrum receiver and the other into your TV. Use your TV remote to change the input/source setting on the TV to the proper HDMI source. Your connection will look something like this:


Component Cables

If you don't have and HDMI port on your television, you can use the 5-color connectors, known as component cables, to connect your HD Spectrum receiver to your HDTV.

Connect the component cables to your HDTV and your Spectrum receiver. Be sure to match the colors of the cables to the colors of the inputs.

Now that your HD Spectrum receiver is connected to your HDTV, you can learn how to activate your HD Spectrum receiver.

Note: You only need to activate your receiver if this is a new self-installation. You must do this before you can view programming.

Refer to your TV manual to set up the display of high definition and standard definition programming. Learn more about HD picture formats.