TV Connectors and Cables Explained
Need a connector or lead for your TV setup? We explain what the connectors do, and aim to point you in the right direction
An Aerial Flylead is used to connect from a TV aerial socket on the wall to an aerial input socket on a TV or set-top box. They are also used to connect set-top boxes and recorders to TV sets. These will have a male aerial plug at each end. TV Aerial Flylead at Maplin.
Co-ax aerial flylead
Aerial cable extender
Aerial lead with a male socket at one end and a female connector at the other end. TV Aerial Lead at Maplin.
Co-ax aerial extension lead
Co-ax aerial plug
Co-ax aerial Socket (female)
See our dedicated Aerial Splitter and boosters page.
Need a connector, adapter, lead or splitter? We recommend Maplin Electronics and TV Cables
If you need to connect a set-top box or a DVD player to a TV set, you’ll probably need a male-to-male SCART lead. You can buy a basic SCART connection lead at Maplin, or you may want to invest in a higher-quality SCART lead, which you can get from TV Cables.
F-Plugs are most commonly associated with satellite TV or cable TV systems. They have a screw thread. Pictured below is a male plug on the left, and a female on the right. For cables and connectors, go to a maplin.co.uk or tvcables.co.uk.
Male and Female ‘F’ connectors
An F-Plug (Male) Satellite connector)
Typically used to connect a High Definition set-top box or DVD player to an HD-Ready TV set. We have a page dedicated to HDMI cables, connectors and converters. See our HDMI advice page.
Can be used to connect some types of set-top box to a TV set. Red, Green and Blue for Y,Pb,Pr component connectivity. Note that these carry video only, not audio. For Component connectors and adapters, go to a maplin.co.uk or tvcables.co.uk.
Two sets of Component Plugs
Two sets of composite leads
|Co-ax Explained||A co-ax plug is the kind you’d expect to find on the end of the wire that comes from your TV aerial.|
For a selection of co-ax leads, converters and extensions, go to the Maplin website.
|SCART Explained||You’ll typically find a SCART socket on most modern TVs, DVD recorders, DVD players and many video recorders. It’s a 21 PIN rectangular connector that carries video and audio signals, as well as switching commands|
For a selection of SCART leads and switch boxes, go to the Maplin website.
|HDMI explained||HDMI stands for “High Definition Media Interface”. This is the connector used to connect most high-definition equipment (such as the Sky+HD , Virgin V+ or BT Vision box) to a hi-def TV set. HDMI cables carry both video and audio. See our HDMI advice page for more.|
How can I connect my Freeview box to a PC monitor?
- If your Freeview box can output RGB via SCART, then get a SCART to VGA lead like the SCART to VGA SyncBlaster cable from Maplin , or the Video to VGA converter from TV Cables.
- Not enough SCART sockets? Get a SCART Switch Box