Installing an HD television
Installing an HD Television TV with optional VCR and / or DVD player
HD televisions, contrasted to "HD Ready" displays, are
self-contained, integrated units, complete with tuner(s) for off air reception of both
digital and NTSC signals. "HD Ready" displays are designed to operate with an
external set top box and in some models only video is accepted, demanding an external
HD televisions include connecting ports at the rear for
permanent connections and convenience ports on the front for a camcorder, headphones or
the like. Loudspeakers are internal but may be supplemented with external speaker(s) to
provide some level of surround sound. Convenient connections are provided for an STB for
satellite or cable connection. Most models will be "off-air ready" and some
models will be "Cable Ready" including a slot for the insertion of the CableCard
needed to decode the cable channels. Such models thus avoid the need for a separate
off-air or cable STB.
In essence, the set-up includes:
- Large screen HD television (illustrated) or monitor with
terrestrial 8VSB STB;
- Satellite or cable STB, if desired;
- VCR, if desired.
- DVD, if desired
- Antenna, set-top, internal or roof-top, appropriately selected
for reception at your location.
Two possible connections of the HD signals from an STB (if
used) are shown. That in (1) connects the analog HD components Y, PR, PB to the
TV/monitor. In (2) the digital components R, G, B are connected using the HDMI or DVI
connection, if available, resulting in improved quality. In either case, analog audio may
be connected directly, for recording purposes on the VCR. The HDMI connection, if
included, includes both digital HD video and digital audio, thus simplifying
Set up the TV and any associated external loudspeakers in
accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
· Connect the cable (F coaxial) coming from the terrestrial antenna to the Antenna port
of the VCR (if used) or directly to the Antenna port of the HD television.
· If a VCR is used, connect a cable (F coaxial) from the TV port on the VCR to the
Antenna port of the HD television
· If an analog NTSC cable service is used, connect its cable feed (F coaxial) to the
Cable Input of the TV. If digital cable service is used and the television is NOT a fully
provisioned Cable Ready one, then the connection should be made to the digital cable STB.
· Connect the output of a digital cable STB to the digital HDTV connection (DVI or HDMI)
on the TV using the appropriate multi-pin cable as shown in (2) on the diagram. If the
digital connection is unavailable, then connect the STB to the television using the analog
component HDTV connections Y, Pr, Pb of the TV as in (1), using RCA video cables.
· Connect the STB analog audio L/R to Input 1, L/R of the TV using RCA audio cables.
· Other devices may be connected to the TV on the unused inputs as needed.
If your installation includes a VCR, connect it as follows:
· Connect the S, L, R analog Composite Output of the VCR to the Composite Input 3 of the
TV using an S-Video cable and RCA audio cables. If an S-Video connection is not provided,
connect the Video Out of the VCR to the Video In 3 of the TV using an RCA video cable.
· Connect the S, L, R Composite Input of the VCR to the Composite Output of the TV using
an S-Video cable and RCA audio cables. If an S-Video connection is not provided, connect
the Video Out of the TV to the Video In of the VCR using an RCA video cable.
If your installation includes a DVD, proceed as follows:
· The DVD player to be installed may be connected with its output in progressive
component form (best quality) or in interlaced composite form (S-Video best quality
or NTSC). Both options are indicated in the diagram. Ensure that the DVD player is
programmed appropriately (progressive or interlaced) to match the input format selected in
the HD television.
· For the best quality, connect the component output Y, Pr, Pb of the DVD player to the
component input 5 of the TV using three RCA video cables. If component output is not
provided, then connect either the S-Video out or the Video Out of the DVD to Composite
Input 2 of the TV using appropriate cables.
· Connect the Audio L/R output of the DVD player to the L/R audio inputs 2 of the TV
using RCA audio cables.
Programming for the HD Television
Some coordination of the selections in the HDTV is needed to ensure simple operation and
may require the setting up of menus in the TV for maximum convenience. Reference should be
made to the Initial Set Up section of the respective manuals for the
procedures to be followed.
Note that the DVD player must also be programmed correctly to output either Progressive or
Interlaced video, matching the mode selected in the HD television.