Cable Connectors: Our Link to Entertainment

If you own a television, than chances are you know cable television connectors look like a somewhat bulky, semi-flexible wire with an extruding metal point. That metal point is then inserted into a socket in the back of the TV and secured with a hexagon fitting. I remember interchanging the cable wire with another faviconwire to hook up our video game system. My brother bought a plug that mimicked the cable wires for TVs without those convenient red, white and yellow plugs. Although it was a pain to constantly switch the two wires.

Luckily cable connectors and those old video game plugs are a form of quick connect coupling. Usually referring to pluming applications, connect couplings are also used to complete electrical circuits. Cable connecters can be referred to as the male connector, which connect to the female coupler on the television. I’ve cut myself on the extruding metal part before. It didn’t hurt, but it was at the tip of my finger. It takes an eternity for that spot to heal. Nowadays cable connectors are available without the metal point, preventing the waste of 16 band-aids on one cut.

There are so many different plugs that are inserted into televisions nowadays. Entertainment systems are getting increasingly more complicated. Systems that hook into the television include the surround sound, DVD player, Playstation, X-Box, Wii, Nintendo 64 and whatever else you can imagine. A million sockets make it so you don’t have to disconnect the couplers all the time but it’s impossible for anyone to figure out where stuff goes if you’re not the one to originally set the system up.

For a while, we had to choose between internet and cable at my house, since there was only one wire in the house. Internet was the easy win with the Playstation 3 tripling as a video game system, DVD/Blue-ray player and Netflix provider. That finally changed when one of my roommates split the cable, allowing us to watch wheel of fortune and jeopardy.