How to Hook up DIRECTV Box without HDMI

DIRECTV Box is used to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment, movie, and sports channels they offer in their premium package.

However, there can be situations in which the HDMI port of your TV set got damaged, and you couldn’t hook up your DIRECTV Box to it anymore. But here is the good news, you can still use your DIRECTV Box even without any HDMI support from your TV!

Here are some tips on How to Hook up DIRECTV Box without HDMI.

Even if your television lacks HDMI support, you can still use the HDMI port provided by the DIRECTV box. This is possible through the use of HDMI converter cables. The three color-coded wires are located on one end, while the HDMI is located on the other. Just like the RCA, the three cables are yellow, white, and red and are meant to be connected to your TV. The HDMI end obviously connects to the DIRECTV Box HDMI port. Even if you connect it incorrectly, it should still function with the RCA connections to your DIRECTV Box and the HDMI cable to your television. The only item that should be present in that scenario is a television with an HDMI port.

Ensure that the length of the cables you purchase corresponds with the distance between devices. Ensure that the cords are completely plugged in, since even the tiniest disconnect can cause problems with the output. If you connect the incorrect connections to the incorrect ports, the audio and video may be distorted or you may receive no audio or video at all.

If the tips mentioned above is not effective in your situation, you can also follow these helpful steps on How to Hook up DIRECTV Box without HDMI:


Before proceeding through the steps, you must first understand that determining the necessary cables is the most critical phase. This is dependent on the ports present on your devices. Locate all cables and adapters before beginning the connection process. After tracing everything, you are prepared to begin.

Simple steps to help you connect your DIRECTV Box:

1. Put the TV and the DIRECTV box into the on position by pressing their respective power buttons. If you have power, then you will be able to determine whether or not the connections are successful. This would be preferable than the alternative.

2. Make sure that the cables or the converter are connected to the appropriate input. In most cases, they will be labeled with terms like “Audio,” “Component,” or “Composite.” You should be able to determine where to plug each cable based on the color of the cable. Check that all of the connections between the cables are secure.

3. If you then changed the default speaker on your TV to one of the newly connected external speakers, you should find that this helps. This procedure is wholly determined by the model of your television set. Under most cases, it can be found in the “sound” section of the primary settings of the television. As a result, the speaker that is used by default will switch from being the internal speaker to being the external speaker.

4. After ensuring that all of the components are securely linked, it is time to test out the entire connection arrangement. Find some material that is currently playing—it may be a song or even a video—turn up the level, and then listen to determine whether or not anything can be heard.

5. If you are able to hear any sound coming from the media that you are playing, then your connection was successful, and you are ready to go on. You are only required to break the connection by detaching or unplugging the wires if you need to change or use a new receiver or even a different brand of TV. This is the case even if you want to use a different type of TV.

Furthermore, if you wish to hook up a DIRECTV Box to TV without HDMI, you can also use RCA composite cables, component cables, coaxial cables, HDMI converters, and even optical audio cables to get the job done.

RCA Composite Cables

Composite RCA cables were commonly used for the same purpose before HDMI cables took over, which was connecting both audio and video from one component to another. This was done before HDMI cables took over. They have the traditional connection cables that are red, white, and yellow in color. There are a variety of RCA cables on the market, each of which has a different number of connectors. These include the traditional red and white RCA cable, composite RCA cables that include a video channel, and component RCA cables that have three different cables for the video channel. All of these cables are available.

A standard RCA audio cable has two connectors—a red cable and a white cable—on either end of the cable. Since only audio can be sent using this sort of RCA cable, you can use it to connect your TV and receiver using the RCA connectors on both devices. You just need to connect the red and white cables to the jacks that are colored red and white respectively.

Component Cables

Although the component cable differs from the RCA cables in a few key ways, it is nonetheless compatible with those cables in terms of both its functionality and its connectors. To begin, the connections that connect the components can be separated into three individual wires—green, blue, and red. However, they do not end at only three but can instead go up to a maximum of five RCA cords at a time. It is likely that you will require the 5 RCA component cable in order to successfully transmit audio from your TV to your receiver. This cable has two audio cables—one white and one red—respectively. You are required to follow the straightforward rule that both devices must be turned off before connecting them to their color-coded ports in this scenario as well.

Coaxial cables

Due to the fact that it only requires a single connection, connecting coaxial cables is much simpler than connecting split color-coded wires. Before connecting the coaxial wire, you must first ensure that the DIRECTV Box and your television are both turned off. After this step, you can connect the coaxial connection. At this point, connect one end of the cable to the DIRECTV Box and the other end to the TV, making sure that the connections are secure after each step. We discussed RCA cables and how the audio quality of those cables differs from that of HDMI connections.

If you use coaxial cables, the sound that comes out of them will be monophonic, but if you use RCA cables, you’ll get stereo sound. Make the necessary adjustments to the volume on your receiver. After you have completed these procedures, audio should begin playing out of the speakers that are connected to your DIRECTV box.

HDMI Converters

You are still able to use the HDMI support port that is provided in the DIRECTV Box even if your television does not have any HDMI support built in. This is attainable by using specialized cables referred to as HDMI converters. On one end of the cable, you will find the three color-coded cables, and on the other end, you will discover the HDMI connector.

In the same manner as RCA cables, the three cables will be yellow, white, and red in color, and you will be required to connect them to the television that is already in your possession. The HDMI end, as one might expect, connects to the HDMI connector on the DIRECTV Box. Even if you attach it backwards, it should still work as long as you use the HDMI cable to connect your TV to your DIRECTV Box and the RCA cords to connect your DIRECTV Box to your TV. In that situation, the only thing that really needs to be present is a television that is capable of supporting the HDMI connection.

Optical audio cables

The functionality of these cables is quite comparable to that of digital coaxial audio cables in terms of its performance. TOSLINK is the most common name for the variety of cable that is used to carry digital audio signals away from the television. The ends of the cable are typically square in shape.

In order to establish a connection using these optical cables, you will need to attach the cables to the rear of your television. It is recommended that you insert the cable into a free optical audio jack on your receiver in order to achieve the highest possible sound quality. Choose “Audio out” from the list of available options on the TV’s menu.

Connect the optical connection to your receiver, and make a note of the number of inputs in any places where it is relevant. To hear the sound, first choose the appropriate input using the receiver’s remote control, and then start playing audio from your television. Make the necessary adjustments so that the loudness is just right for you.


It is important to maintain a positive attitude even if you are unable to use the HDMI cables in a given situation. The instructions that are above show and explain how to connect various types of cables from your TV to the receiver in a straightforward and concise manner.

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