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How to Install Dish TV to Television

A Dish Network's satellite receiver functions similarly to that of a cable box by providing television channels to watch. Installing the Dish Network satellite receiver to a television requires a single cable purchased from a computer or electronics store if the TV is high-definition (HDTV), and an additional cable for audio if the TV is standard-definition. The cables will provide the video and audio to the television so that it can display the broadcasts being received by the receiver. The procedure is straightforward, and will not compromise the TV or violate any warranties that might be in place. No tools are needed.

High-Definition TV Install

  1. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output on the back of the Dish Network satellite receiver. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the HDTV--the HDMI input will typically be on the back, but can also be found on a side panel on some models.

  2. Turn on the HDTV. Press the "Menu" button on the remote. Go to "Settings." Select "Video Input" from the menu. Select "HDMI" from beneath "Video Input." If there is more than one HDMI input on the TV, select the one that the HDMI cable is plugged into. Press the "Menu" button.

  3. Turn on the Dish Network satellite receiver. Press the "Menu" button on the remote. Go to "Settings." Select "TV settings" from the list of choices beneath "Settings."

  4. Select "HDTV" from the text field beneath "TV" in the left column of the screen that is being viewed on the HDTV. Select "Widescreen" from the "Aspect ratio" text field to the right.

  5. Select the resolution that matches that of the HDTV from the list of choices in the column at the right of the screen. For example, "720p" if the HDTV has a maximum resolution of "1900 x 720" pixels, or "1080i" if the HDTV has a maximum resolution of "1900 x 1080" pixels.

  6. Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the screen to blank out the screen momentarily, and then bring it back at the selected resolution and aspect ratio. Click the "OK" button to close the screen. Press the "Menu" button on the remote.

Standard-Definition TV Install

  1. Plug one end of a composite cable into the composite output on the back of the Dish Network satellite receiver. Plug the other end of the composite cable into the composite input on the back of the standard-definition TV (SDTV).

  2. Plug the red and white audio plugs at one end of the audio cable into the red and white audio inputs that are beneath the composite input on the Dish Network satellite receiver. Plug the red and white audio plugs at the other end of the audio cable into the red and white audio inputs that are beneath the composite input on the SDTV

  3. Turn on the SDTV. Press the "Menu" button on the remote. Go to "Settings." Select "Video Input" from the menu. Select "composite" from beneath "Video Input." If there is more than one composite input on the SDTV, select the one that the composite cable is plugged into. Press the "Menu" button.

  4. Turn on the Dish Network satellite receiver. Press the "Menu" button on the remote. Go to "Settings." Select "TV settings" from the list of choices beneath "Settings."

  5. Select "SDTV" from the text field beneath "TV" in the left column of the screen that is being viewed on the HDTV. Select "4:3" from the "Aspect ratio" text field to the right.

  6. Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the screen to blank out the screen momentarily, and then bring it back at the selected resolution and aspect ratio. Click the "OK" button to close the screen. Press the "Menu" button on the remote.

Warning

  • A component cable can be used instead of HDMI if there is no HDMI input on the TV. However, you must then use an audio cable to convey the audio signal to the TV.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."