Time Warner Cable HD - Equipment

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To get HDTV, you need:

  • A High Definition Television
  • HD Service provided by Time Warner Cable and an HD or HD DVR Set-top box.
  • Component Cables (provided by Time Warner Cable when you sign up for HD Service)


  • HDMI or DVI Cables
  • Additional Audio Speakers (for true surround sound audio)
  • TV stand or wall mount

A Few Words About HDTV Connectors

You'll need to become familiar with the three most common inputs for HDTV that you will come across in your search for the display best suited to fit your needs. For maximizing results when hooking up your HDTV, check out "Hookup Diagrams".

These HDTV connectors maximize your viewing experience:

hdtv_guide3-1.jpg Component Video
Using a three plug video connector, component video delivers the best viewing experience by supporting superior color details, improved color purity, and a reduction in the impact that interference or other poor signal quality issues may have.
hdtv_guide4.jpg Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
DVI connectors transfer video signals in pure digital form, which is especially beneficial if you're using a plasma, LCD, or DLP TV. Signals are encrypted with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) to prevent recording. There are two types of DVI connectors: DVI-D carries digital-only signals and DVI-I passes both digital and analog video signals. Some TVs feature DVI-I inputs for greater hookup flexibility.
hdtv_guide5.jpg High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
An HDMI connector supports an all-digital link between an HD cable box and HDTV that combines digital video and digital audio on one connection rather than using separate connectors for each function. This delivers extremely high-quality digital video and audio. HDMI is fully backwards compatible with DVI.