If you intend to use a standard stereo VCR, use this configuration to watch both HD and standard-definition video on your HDTV, as well as record and play standard definition video via your VCR.
You will need the following connector cables:
1 set of two-pronged red & white RCA-type audio cables
2 sets of "Y" audio splitter cables
2 S-Video cables — OR — 2 sets of single-pronged RCA-type video cables
Note: The inputs/outputs on your specific VCR and HDTV determine which video cables you will need. If your VCR and HDTV accepts S-Video, this should be your first choice, as it is considered the higher standard-definition video output.
Step 1: Using the coaxial cable from an active wall outlet, connect the cable to the CABLE IN coaxial input on the set top box.
Step 2: Locate the Y Pb Pr inputs on your HDTV and the Y Pb Pr outputs on the set top box. (These connectors are color-coded on the set top box as follows: Y = green; Pb = blue; Pr = red. Colors may vary on your HDTV.)
Step 3: Using a three-jack component video connector, connect the Y output on the set top box to the Y input on your HDTV. Do the same for the Pb and Pr connections.
Step 4: Connect the single connector end of a Y audio splitter cable to AUDIO OUT R (red) on the set top box. Insert the other ends into AUDIO IN R on your VCR and AUDIO IN R on your HDTV.
Step 5: Use the second splitter cable to connect AUDIO OUT L (pink) on the set top box to the AUDIO IN L connections on both the VCR and the HDTV.
Step 6: Use the two-pronged RCA cable to connect AUDIO OUT L & R on your VCR to AUDIO IN L & R on your HDTV.
Step 7a: Using an S-Video cable, connect the S-VIDEO output on the set top box to the S-VIDEO IN on your VCR. Then use the second S-Video cable to connect the S-VIDEO output on the VCR to S-VIDEO IN on your HDTV.
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Step 7b: Using your single-pronged RCA-type video connector cable, connect the VIDEO OUT (yellow) connector on the set top box to the VIDEO IN connector on your VCR. Next, use the second single-pronged RCA-type video connector cable to connect the VIDEO OUT connector on your VCR to the VIDEO IN connector on your HDTV. Note: You will need to purchase all other cables if you chose to use the optional outputs on the HD set top box such as the HDMI and Optical SPDIF outputs.