If you don’t know how to connect Bell receiver to TV, then you’ve found the right place to learn from.
Here we’ll unveil two different ways to hook up a Bell receiver to any smart TV and how to avoid complications down the road.
To connect your Bell receiver to your TV you’ll need an HDMI cable or both a component cable or RCA. Once you choose which way, you’ll go to simply connect the cables in their rightful slots. Once the connection is established, you’ll be able to discover satellite channels.
There is much more to discuss regarding the connection process so let’s first take a look at what you’ll need and then how to connect it.
Before learning how to actually connect a Bell receiver with a TV, it is better if you make sure to acquire everything you need beforehand.
First, you must determine what type of cable connections you are going to use for the process.
There could be two general possibilities for connecting your Bell receiver to the TV and they are through HDMI or through Component video.
You should acquire either a fully functional HDMI cable or both, an RCA cable (Radio Corporation of America) and a video component cable.
If Bell still hasn’t activated your receiver, you won’t be getting any signal on your TV once you pair both devices.
Therefore, if you’re not certain whether the receiver is active or not, make sure to get in touch with Bell and spare a few minutes to get this inquiry settled.
Before actually connecting the Bell receiver to any TV, the coaxial connection between your satellite dish and receiver must be fully functional.
Inspect the cable connection and make sure that there aren’t any interruptions or twists in the cable’s route.
Once you’ve made sure of all these requirements, proceed to the step-to-step guide on how to set up your Bell receiver with a TV!
There are two general ways to connect a Bell receiver to almost any smart TV. You can either use an HDMI cable, which is the recommended way to go or acquire a component cable that will be discussed later.
First, let’s take a look at how to hook up your Bell receiver to a TV with HDMI.
Keep in mind that an HDMI connection will transmit both audio and video unlike the other types of connections, which require two separate cables for audio and video delivery.
Here are the steps to connecting your Bell receiver to a TV using an HDMI type of connection.
The first step is to connect the cable to your Bell receiver and TV. Based on what type of connectivity you have decided to use, follow these steps for HDMI:
- Plug the HDMI cable in a free slot on your TV and remember the slot’s number.
- Plug the HDMI cable’s other end into the only slot on your receiver.
- Ensure the HDMI cable is plugged in tightly and there is no interference.
Once you have connected both your devices, the next step is to power the receiver ON.
Plug the receiver’s power adapter into a standalone wall outlet and press the hardware Power button once.
This will initiate a startup session and your Bell receiver will be up and running in a matter of seconds.
The last step in order to use your Bell receiver through the TV is to select the correct source on your TV.
Follow these steps to choose the correct source and start using your Bell receiver:
- Click the Home or Menu button on your TV remote.
- Locate the source menu and click on it once.
- Check the port you have plugged the HDMI cable in.
- In the source menu, choose the corresponding source.
If there is only one HDMI entry in your TV, the source menu will contain TV/AV/Component/VGA and HDMI. To use the receiver, you will have to select the HDMI input source.
Note: If you’re having resolution issues, you can adjust the aspect ratio for HDMI connections in the High-definition menu on your TV.
Now, let’s take a look at how to connect Bell receiver to smart TV without HDMI.
If you can’t use an HDMI, then the best alternative is using two separate lines for the audio and video supply you will be getting on your TV.
For this purpose, you will just need an RCA cable with 2 audio jacks and composite video cables with 3 separate jacks
Once you’ve got all the required cables, follow these steps to set up your Bell receiver to TV without using an HDMI cable.
In this step, you must ensure that both your TV and receiver are powered on and are ready to go.
Ensure the TV is on the home screen, and you have opened the source tab where you can browse through the different inputs and proceed with the next step.
The composite, also known as component cables, will transmit both the audio and video flow once you plug them in.
Here, you will be looking forward to 5 cables in total, as 2 of them are meant for the audio and the rest for the video.
To connect the cables, use the colours as guidance to where each cable has to go. Once you’ve connected all 5 cables, proceed with the next step.
For the next step, you will have to configure the sound options for your TV. Follow these instructions to do it:
- Go to the Menu of your TV
- Head to the Sound options.
- Click on Audio devices.
- Change the configuration from “Default Speakers” to “External speakers”.
At last, select the Component source in the source menu you have opened earlier and test your configuration by playing something.
The resolution adjustment method we’ve mentioned earlier with the HDMI could be applied here as well to fix the aspect ratio.
Since many people were wondering how to connect Bell 4K receiver to TV, the answer is simple.
You can use both ways because 4k is supported by HDMI and component cables so there is nothing you can go wrong with.
You can connect your Bell receiver to any smart TV with or without an HDMI cable. Even though HDMI is the more reliable way to go, you can use a component cable + RCA to transmit both video and audio using the colours as an orientation.
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Now that you know the ways on how to connect Bell receiver to TV, at least one of them should be enough for you to establish a proper audio/video connection.
If however, you’ve got the right cables but there is no signal, you’ll need to focus on your satellite dish and the signal travelling to your receiver.
If this post was helpful and you’re experiencing any other difficulties with your Bell equipment, you’ll definitely discover the solution in our blog!
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.