RCA Component Cables and Analog Passthrough
Your converter may also have RCA (threesomes of Red, White, and Yellow connections) inputs, outputs, and cables. If your TV or VCR also has these connections, use them instead of the coax for a small increase in picture and sound quality. Just match the color-coded plugs and ports.
If you do not watch low-power stations or stations from outside the US, or your converter box has analog pass through (explained in the last article), you are ready to setup your digital channels, which we cover in the next article.
If your converter box does not have analog pass-through but you want to watch analog channels, and your TV or VCR have RCA connections you will need a splitter, two coax cables, and an RCA cable. Some of the cables will be included with your converter.
The cable from the antenna goes into the splitter. One coax from the splitter goes straight to the TV or VCR. The other one goes to the converter box. Now use the RCA cable to connect the converter box to the TV or VCR. Your analog channels will come through normally, and your digital channels will be on another input (more on switching inputs in the next article).
Your TV or VCR remote will switch the analog channels and the input, and your converter remote will switch digital channels. You can program one remote to do both jobs: check your manuals.