How to Program Government Cable TV Boxes

by J. Anthony Cooley

When television made the switch from analog signals to digital signals, the U.S. government issued vouchers that paid for digital converter boxes. This is the reason that digital converter boxes are often referred to as "government cable." Connecting a digital converter box sounds more complicated then it really is. No tools are required to connect your TV to a government cable box, and the programming process is done by following the onscreen prompts once the box is connected.

Unplug your TV from the wall and unplug the antenna from the back of the TV. Plug the antenna into the "Antenna In" port on the back of the converter box.

Plug the coaxial cable into the back of the TV where the antenna was plugged in to, and then plug the other end of the cable into the "Antenna Out" port on the back of the converter box.

Plug in the power cords for both the TV and converter box into an electrical outlet in the wall. Turn your box to channel 3 or 4 and follow the onscreen setup guide.

About the Author

Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.