Spectrum TV

What kinds of video cable are there?

HDMI Cables

HDMI stands for high definition multimedia interface. An HDMI cable provides a connection between your Spectrum Receiver and HDTV that lets you watch HD programming.

HDMI Cable

While HDMI is not the only connection option available for HDTV, it does have some advantages:

  • HDMI carries both the video and audio signal, eliminating the need for separate audio cables.
  • HDMI enables many different connections with very few cables, simplifying the connection process and eliminating the clutter of multiple cables.
  • Many new computers and laptops have an HDMI connection, which enables you to use this cable to turn your TV into a computer monitor.
  • With a special adapter, HDMI cables can convert to DVI, providing additional connection options.

For setup instructions, see How do I install HDMI cables?

Did You Know?

  • You can also use component cables to watch HD programming.
  • If you have a 3D TV, you must connect your TV to your HD Spectrum Receiver or DVR using an HDMI cable to be able to view any 3D programming in 3D.

DVI Cables

DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface. DVI cables can provide an HD video signal but are most often used to connect to computer monitors. Some older HDTVs have DVI ports instead of HDMI ports. Separate audio cables are required for sound.

For connection help, see How do I hook up my Spectrum Receiver using a DVI cable?

DVI Cable

Did You Know?

Spectrum Receivers do not have DVI ports, but DVI cables can be adapted to work with HDMI with either an adapter or an HDMI to DVI cable.

HDMI to DVI Cable

This cable has an HDMI connection at one end and a DVI connection at the other. This cable is most often used when an HDMI connection is needed with a TV that does not have an HDMI port. For example, you might use this setup to connect the HDMI port on an HD Spectrum Receiver to a DVI port on an HDTV.

HDMI to DVI Cable

Separate audio cables are required with this type of connection.

Did You Know?

If HDMI is not available on your HDTV, you can use component cables instead.

Component Cables

Component cables provide a high definition connection between devices, such as between an HD Spectrum Receiver and an HDTV. They include three separate color-coded video wires. To ensure that the three cables are connected to the correct ports, devices usually identify the ports by both color and letter:

  • Y — Green
  • Pb — Blue
  • Pr — Red

Component cables are for video only, so audio cables must also be used. For more information on connecting component cables, see How do I hook up my Spectrum Receiver to my TV using component cables?

Component Cables

Did You Know?

  • You can also use HDMI to connect HD equipment.
  • Component cables are sometimes referred to as YPbPr cables, or Yipper cables.

S-Video Cable

An S-video cable can be used for a standard definition video connection. It is only for video and requires separate audio cables, but it provides a slightly better picture than a composite video cable.

For more information on connecting S-video cables, see How do I hook up my Spectrum Receiver or DVR using S-video cable?

S-Video Cable

Did You Know?

These cables cannot carry a high definition signal. When connecting HD equipment, use either HDMI or component cables.

Composite Cables

Composite cables are used for standard definition connections. There are three separate colored wires in a composite cable:

  • Red and white for left audio and right audio.
  • Yellow for video.

Composite Cables

In the following image, the Y/V connection on the Spectrum Receiver serves as the port for the video wire.

Did You Know?

  • These cables cannot carry a high definition signal. When connecting HD equipment, use either HDMI or component cables.
  • Composite cables are sometimes referred to as RCA cables, Audio/Video cables, or just A/V cables.

Coaxial cables provide signals to your equipment for phone, Internet, and TV service. A coaxial cable runs from your wall to your TV or Spectrum Receiver, as well as your modem. You can also connect your Spectrum Receiver to your TV using coaxial cable.

Coaxial Cable

Did You Know?

  • Coaxial cable is often called coax for short. Sometimes, it is just referred to as cable wire.
  • Coaxial cables have a four-layer design that insulates from interference and frequency loss. The copper or copper-sheathed aluminum wire is surrounded by an insulating layer. This insulating layer is covered with shielding. Around all of these layers is a white or black protective outer layer.
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