How do I View Cable Channels without a Set-Top Box?

By Greyson Ferguson

Connect a television directly to your cable connection, without a cable receiver.
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Most cable programming comes with a television receiver box. This receiver box obtains higher-end programming and unscrambles it. However, if you have the basic cable package there is no need for the cable receiver. Hooking up the receiver to your television is similar to attaching most other audio/video devices to the TV and only takes a few moments to complete.

Locate the coaxial cable running into the room from the outside. This is the cable input into your home and, as long as you have a digital television, does not require a set-top box.

Attach the coaxial cable into the "In" port on the back of the television.

Power on the TV. The basic television package is going to appear on the TV, without the aid of a set-top receiver.