How to connect your Xbox One to your home theater system for live TV

Overview

Your Xbox One allows you to integrate cable, satellite, or over-the-air television with a broad range of home theater system configurations. Unlike a traditional console setup, there are a few more details to consider when integrating TV. As with most additions to an entertainment system, there are many ways to add a new device, and the exact details will vary based on your needs and preferences.

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Some guidelines

  • Be direct. Plug your Xbox One directly into your TV if at all possible.
  • Be simple. The less complicated the installation, the fewer problems you’re likely to have.

Basic setup

The most direct setup option is to connect your cable or satellite set-top box to your Xbox One with an HDMI cable, and then connect your Xbox One to your TV with another HDMI cable.

  • This is the most direct path and best for entertainment systems using the TV’s speakers or external speakers connected to the TV.
  • Your theater system will need to support audio over HDMI for this configuration.
  • Surround sound from your set-top box will not be passed through the Xbox One.
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Basic setup with an audio/video receiver

With an audio/video (A/V) receiver, the best and most direct option is to connect the devices sequentially:

  1. Connect your set-top box HDMI output to the Xbox One HDMI input.
  2. Connect the Xbox One HDMI output to your A/V HDMI input.
  3. Connect your A/V HDMI output to the HDMI input on your television.
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Notes

  • This option requires that all devices support audio over HDMI.
  • Surround sound from your set-top box will not be passed through the Xbox One.
  • When you perform this kind of basic setup with an A/V receiver, you’re passing both audio and video through another device. Depending on your equipment, there is a small risk of audio or video lag.

Audio receiver with optical or sound bar

This is a slightly more complicated configuration that may require cables other than HDMI cables. This option provides full surround sound from your television set-top box. It’s best for older A/V receivers that either don’t have an HDMI port or don’t support audio over HDMI.

  1. Connect your set-top box HDMI output to the Xbox One HDMI input.
  2. Connect the Xbox One HDMI output to the HDMI input on your television.
  3. Connect the audio output from the television to the audio input on the sound bar using either HDMI or Optical S/PDIF cables.
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