To connect a television to basic cable, connect the cable receiver box to the television with a coaxial cable. However, if the television is high definition, the cable receiver should be exchanged for an HDTV receiver and compatible cable to take advantage of the television's picture capabilities. Connect the coaxial cable to the Cable In port on the receiver, then plug the HD cable into the receiver by matching the colors on the Cable Out port.
Plug the opposing end of the HD cable into the Cable In port on the back of the television. Plug in the cable box, allow it to boot and turn it on when the time appears.
Basic cable encompasses all channels that do not require a paid subscription fee to watch. It is the most inexpensive of all cable packages and can be extended to up to 40 available channels with nominal fees. Basic cable comes not only with the advantage of cost savings, but having fewer channel options leads to less time spent in front of the television, states Cable.tv. Additionally, the programming quality of basic cable channels has vastly improved. On the downside, programming from subscription channels is not available, but it can often be watched online for a small fee.