Connect high-def to your HDTV
How to select the correct resolutions on your HDTV receiver
Most networks broadcast HDTV at 1080i resolution, but some, such as Fox, ABC, and ESPN, broadcast in 720p. However, not every HDTV can accept and display 720p. And those that can may not be able to receive it on every input.
If your TV is having trouble displaying certain HD channels, your HD source may be outputting 720p to a TV or input that can't handle it. To fix this problem, you must tell your HD source what resolutions it can send to your HDTV. Here's how:
- Check the connectivity section in your TV's manual to determine what resolutions your chosen input supports. In this example, the HDMI input accepts all resolutions except 720p.
- Now tell your HDTV source which resolutions to output.
- Find the section of the HDTV source's setup menu that pertains to output resolutions.
- Select only those resolutions specified in the manual.
Now your HD source will automatically convert 720p to a resolution your TV and input can handle. Enjoy!
How to hook up your HDTV receiver (video)
To begin setting up your HDTV tuner, check out the back of the box, where you'll likely find both HDMI and component jacks.
HDMI is a pure digital connection; component video is analog connection. With HDMI, you'll often see a slightly smoother, sharper image, as well as reduction in video noise, which looks like interference or faint snow. Although the difference between the two isn't drastic, we recommend you choose only a component connection for HDTV if you have an older HDTV that doesn't accommodate HDMI.
If you choose HDMI, start by plugging one end of your HDMI cable into the HDMI-out jack on the back of your tuner.
To connect HDMI directly to your HDTV, plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI-in jack on the back of your HDTV.
To connect HDMI through your A/V receiver and then to your TV, plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your HDMI jack on the back of your receiver. Then, get a second HDMI cable to connect the HDMI-out on your receiver to the HDMI-in on the back of your HDTV.
If you choose to go the component route, start by plugging one end of your component cable into the color-coded component jacks on the back of your tuner.
To hook up the component connection directly to your HDTV, plug the other end of the color-coded component cable into the component HD-in jack on the back of your HDTV.
To hook up the component connection through your A/V receiver and then to your TV, plug the other end of the component cable into your color-coded component input jacks on the back of your receiver. Then, get a second component cable, to connect the component HD-out on your receiver to the component HD-in on the back of your HDTV.