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Connecting older tv to dvd/vhs and hd set top box

My tv has only an antenna in, video in and audio in on the rear and I have had my dvd/vhs connected no worries. The thing is now I want to connect a HD Set Top Box and am not sure of how to go about it. Any ideas. Ideally I would like them to be all through the one connection, I can use the set top box through video 2 [side panel] but this is not ideal

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Radio Shack for a Y splitter usually around 4 dollars. You will need one for each line IE: yellow for picture red and white for sound for a total of three Y splitters. In your case you only have mono sound so will only need Two Y splitters.
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