Following the steps below will allow you to begin using cable TV in your residence hall.

Step 1: Gather the proper equipment

  • A digital television/monitor with a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) tuner or an external tuner capable of interfacing with a non-QAM TV.


  • A coax cable long enough to reach from the coaxial wall jack to your television. (In the residence halls, there should be one coaxial wall jack in each room)

NOTE: Televisions with NTSC or ATSC tuners are not compatible. Our content provider suggests using the Pico VMX1-1 external tuner with non-QAM televisions.

Step 2: Make the connection

  1. Make sure your television/monitor is plugged into a working electrical outlet.
  2. Connect and hand tighten one end of the coax cable to the coaxial wall jack.
  3. Connect and hand tighten the other end of the coax cable to the television or monitor.

Step 3: Scan for channels

  1. Search through the menu system on your television/monitor for the channel scan/auto scan/etc. selection.
  2. Perform the channel scan action.

After the scan completes your television/monitor should be able to access the full range of the cable channels (~120 channels). This list is available on the Channel Line-up Page.

Step 4

If after following steps 1-3 you discover you are not receiving the full range of channels or you are experiencing poor reception, refer to the Cable TV Troubleshooting Guide to double-check your connections and re-scan. If the problem persists visit the Cable TV FAQs page.