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What is HDMI, and what are the benefits?

HDMI Cables

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

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 converter or DVR using an HDMI cable to be able to view any 3D programming in 3D.
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