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Cable Television

The campus CATV (Cable Television) system is an all-digital system which includes standard definition (SD) and some high-definition (HD) channels. In order to take full advantage, please be sure to bring a digital television with an integrated QAM tuner for use on campus. A digital television with an integrated QAM tuner enables it to receive digital cable channels directly without a set top box. If you are unsure if your television has a QAM tuner, please check the manufacturer or owner's manual.

To receive HD channels, you need a HD-compatible television.

Guide and Channel List

The CATV system includes an on-screen channel line-up guide. A complete list of available channels is in the table below.

Channel Station
3-1 ABC — WICS
3-2 NBC — WAND
3-3 CBS — WCIA
3-4 FOX — WRSP
3-5 PBS — WILL
3-6 PBS — WEIU
4-1 CW — WBUI
4-2 MNT — WCIX
4-4 PBS — WSEC
5-1 MacMurray College 1
5-2 MacMurray College 2
5-3 MacMurray College 3
5-4 MacMurray College 4
5-5 MacMurray College 5
5-6 MacMurray College 6
51-1 CNN
51-2 HLN
51-3 Bloomberg Television
51-4 Fox News Channel
51-5 MSNBC
51-6 CNBC
51-7 BBC America
51-8 CSPAN1
51-9 CSPAN2
52-1 ESPN
52-2 ESPN2
52-3 ESPNews
52-4 ESPNU
52-5 Fox Sports Midwest
52-6 Fox Sports 1
52-7 Big Ten Network
52-8 NFL Network
52-9 TNT
53-1 TBS
53-2 USA Network
53.3 A&E
53.4 FX
53.5 Spike TV
53.6 BET
53.7 MTV
53.8 MTV2
53.9 VH1
54.1 CMT
54.2 Univision
54.3 Christian Television Network
54.4 World Harvest Television
54.5 TBN
54.6 TCT Network
54.7 EWTN
54.8 BYU TV
54.9 V-me
55.1 Once Mexico
55.2 tru-TV
55.3 TV Land
55.4 GSN
55.5 E! Entertainment
55.6 Comedy Central
55.7 Animal Planet
55.8 Lifetime
55.9 Lifetime Movie Network
56.1 Woman's Entertainment
56.2 Syfy Channel
56.3 Bravo
56.4 Food Network
56.5 HGTV
56.6 Hallmark Channel
56.7 RFD TV
56.8 Nickelodeon West
56.9 Pursuit Channel
57.1 ABC Family
57.2 Cartoon Network
57.3 Nickelodeon
57.4 Teen Nick
57.5 Disney Channel
57.6 Weather Nation
57.7 The Weather Channel
57.8 Travel Channel
57.9 TLC
58.1 History Channel
58.2 Discovery Channel
58.3 Investigation Discovery
58.4 National Geographic
58.5 ION Television
58.6 POP
58.7 ReelzChannel
58.8 AMC
58.9 Turner Classic Movies
59.1 HBO
59.2 HBO2
59.3 HBO Family (East)
59.4 HBO Signature (East)
59.5 HBO (West)
59.6 HBO 2 (West)
59.7 Sundance
59.8 Guide

Channel Scan

Televisions need to go through a process called Channel Scan to allow them to receive the newer digital channels. Please follow the steps below to perform a channel scan.

  1. Go to the menu screen on the television.
  2. Find a section named "Channel" or "Setup"; select "Cable."
  3. Look for "Auto Channel Search" or "Channel Scan."
  4. Begin the search or scan for digital and analog channels. The scan can take up to 45 minutes. Allow the channel scan to complete since some channels are added right at the end.
  5. When complete, scroll through some channels to verify that there are digital channels.

Certain television brands sometimes come with a lower quality QAM tuner that may be unable to pick up all the digital channels. Users with less expensive brands such as Dynex and Insignia reported these types of problems.

External Converter Boxes

You can purchase an external QAM tuner conversion box, but it must be a conversion box that is compatible. NTSC and ATSC conversion boxes are not compatible. The following external tuner boxes have compatible QAM tuners that have been tested with the CATV system:

Once programmed, they receive all channels provided, including HD channels.

If you still have an analog/tube TV or digital television that does not includes an integrated QAM tuner you can continue to use it by purchasing a converter box.