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How to Connect Your Devices to Your TV

Q. I know this may sound dumb, but I recently moved and I need to reconnect my TV to my basic equipment — my satellite DVR and my Roku player — and I don’t have a clue how to do it. I always get confused over what cable goes where and so forth. Help me, Mr. Answer Man. — Jennifer, Del Rio, Texas. 

Jennifer, it’s not a dumb question at all. A lot of people get a little intimidated when connecting set-top boxes to the TV. In fact, I’ve seen auto mechanics — people who could strip a car and put it back together in no time — cower when asked to hook up their TVs.

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First, you get two HDMI cables. (If you’re not sure what’s an HDMI cable, click here.)  Insert the first HDMI cable into the satellite box’s HDMI 1 OUT port and then take the other end and insert it into your TV’s HDMI 1 IN port.

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Now, take the second HDMI cable and insert it into the Roku’s HDMI OUT port and then take the other end of the cable and put it into your TV’s HDMI 2 IN port.

Then, plug in the TV, the satellite receiver and the Roku. That’s basically it. When you want to watch satellite TV, you will hit the Input or Video button on your remote and click on HDMI 1. When you watch to watch the Roku player, you will click on HDMI 2.

If your TV has more than two HDMI inputs — and most new models do — you can connect another set-top such as a Blu-ray player or video game console to HDMI 3 and so on.

Happy Viewing!

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The TV Answer Man is veteran journalist Phillip Swann who has covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades. He will report on the latest news and answer your questions regarding new devices and services that are changing the way you watch television.

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