Can Roku TV Connect to Cable?
TLC Roku TV is an award-winning TV that offers impeccable video and audio quality and all the benefits of a Roku streaming platform. Although it has various upsides, people are unsure whether they can connect their cable box to this modern television.
If you’re one of those that still haven’t cut the cord, you shouldn’t worry. Roku TVs don’t differ from regular TVs when it comes to connectivity. If you have a cable subscription and a cable box (or just a coaxial cord) at home, you can easily connect it to your TV. This article will explain how to connect the two.
First: Connecting the Cable Box with Roku TV
To connect Roku TV to your cable box, you’ll need to pay attention to the audio and video input of both devices. Your Roku TV has various input ports located on its left or right side (depending on the series) and it includes several HDMI ports (including Arc), USB port, coaxial port, and an AV-IN input with an adapter.
First, you’ll need to check your cable box and see which input is required. If you have an old device, you’ll probably need an AV-IN input with an adapter. On the other hand, newer devices use either a coaxial cable or an HDMI input. Neither of these cords come with the TV, and if you haven’t received them in your cable box package, you’ll need to purchase them.
If you have an option to choose between the HDMI and coaxial cable, you should opt for an HDMI. This is the easiest way to connect the two devices. Furthermore, it provides the highest audio and video quality.
Make sure that you have a Roku TV remote and use it to turn off the TV. Then, connect the two devices with the appropriate cable. When done, you should proceed to the following step.
Accessing Cable with Roku TV – HDMI
When you connect the two devices with HDMI cable, it should be extremely easy to access cable television. Turn on the cable TV and then use the remote to turn on the Roku TV. Afterward, follow these steps:
- Press the ‘Home’ button on the remote to access the Roku’s home screen.
- Navigate to the quick access menu to the right using the arrow keys on your remote.
- Highlight the ‘HDMI 1’ card.
- Press the ‘OK’ button on your remote. This should display the content from the cable box and you can use your Roku TV remote to browse through the channels as you would on your regular TV.
If your cable box is powered on and the cables are plugged in, everything should work properly. If you can’t see the image, turn on both devices and check if the cables are plugged in well. Then, turn them on and try again.
Accessing Cable with Roku TV – Coaxial Cable
If your cable box requires a coaxial cable to connect to Roku TV, the method is slightly different than the one above. Follow these steps:
- Plug the coaxial cable into the cable box and your Roku TV.
- Turn on the Roku TV.
- Hit the ‘Home’ button on your Roku remote.
- Use the arrow keys on your remote to navigate to the ‘Antenna’ card.
- Hit ‘OK’ to confirm.
- Select ‘Start finding channels’ to set up the cable antenna and find all the available channels.
- Choose ‘No, channels 3 and 4 are not required’ on the following screen.
- Wait for the TV to scan for all the available channels.
After the scanning is finished, the TV will notify you how many channels it found, alerting you that the cable box is successfully set up. As long as your cable box is connected to your Roku TV, you’ll be able to access it via the ‘Antenna’ card.
Accessing Cable with Roku TV – Audio/Video IN Input
Most receivers and cable boxes today don’t use AV-IN input to transfer media from the device to the TV screen. However, if you own an older cable box, you’ll probably need to use these cables instead of HDMI or coaxial. Luckily, all Roku TVs have AV-IN ports at the back of the device.
To connect the devices via AV inputs, you’ll need composite AV cables. These cables contain three different jacks on each end. Each jack is colored differently and represents a different input:
- Yellow is for video.
- White or black is for left-channel audio.
- Red is for right-channel audio.
Follow these steps to connect the devices:
- Turn off your Roku TV.
- Plug the jacks into the ports with the matching color (yellow plug into yellow port and so on).
- Turn on the TV.
- Press the ‘Home’ button on your remote to access the home screen.
If you plugged everything in correctly and the TV recognized the cable box, your AV card will display a small preview of what’s currently on the cable screen.
- Use the arrow keys on your Roku remote to navigate to AV.
- Press the ‘OK’ button on the remote.
Perfect Quality – Multiple Devices
As you now appreciate, anyone can easily connect Roku TV to a cable box using one of the available cable ports. The process doesn’t differ from connecting any other TV to a cable or a satellite receiver, and at the same time, it provides a clear image and much better audio (especially if you connect it to an HDMI port).
Thanks to the variety of available ports, you can connect multiple devices to your Roku TV. For example, you can connect a cable box with a coaxial cable, while you connect a Chromecast or another streaming platform in a USB port. Each one providing you with countless high-definition content.
Have you managed to connect your Roku TV to cable? Are you satisfied with the quality? Share your experience in the comments section at the bottom of the page.