TV FAQs

How do I connect my analog TV and antenna with a digital converter box?


  1. Determine if the TV is digital or analog by consulting the owner's manual.
  • If the TV is not digital, you will need a digital converter box to convert the digital signals to a format the TV can display.
  1. Check to see if the TV supports multiple input sources:
  • Look at the back of the TV. If the TV accepts multiple input sources, there will be a variety of red, yellow, black, and other input connectors located near where you would connect your TV cable or antenna.
  • If the TV doesn't support multiple input sources, an A/B switch will allow you to switch between the cable and antenna connection quickly and easily.
  1. Make connections.
  • Analog TV - Connect both the digital converter and antenna
  1. Power off your TV.
  2. Connect the antenna to the RF or Antenna connection on your digital converter box. Connect the output of the digital converter box to the RF or Antenna connection on your TV. Be sure the connections are hand-tight.
  3. Place your antenna in an area where walls or other objects cannot block the reception.
  4. Turn on your TV and follow your television’s user guide to set up your antenna connection.
  5. When you want to watch local programming using the antenna connection, go to your TV’s input menu and select the antenna connection you set up in step four. When you want to return to watching cable channels, go to the menu and select your cable connection.
  6. Adjust the antenna until you receive the clearest picture. Remember, these are over-the-air transmissions. Many factors, including weather, can affect your reception.
  • Analog TV - antenna with A/B Switch
  1. Power off your TV.
  2. Connect the incoming coaxial cable to one of the input connections on the A/B switch.
  3. Connect the antenna to the other input connection on the A/B switch.
  4. Using a separate piece of coaxial cable, connect the output of the A/B switch to the input of the digital converter box. Then connect a second piece of coaxial cable from the digital converter box to the RF/Antenna input on the back of the television.
  5. Turn on your TV and place the antenna in an area where walls or other objects cannot block the reception.
  6. Using the control switch on the A/B switch change your input.
  7. Adjust the antenna until you receive the clearest picture. Remember, these are over-the-air transmissions and many factors, including weather, can affect your reception.