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.
|3-1||ABC — WICS|
|3-2||NBC — WAND|
|3-3||CBS — WCIA|
|3-4||FOX — WRSP|
|3-5||PBS — WILL|
|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|
|51-4||Fox News Channel|
|52-5||Fox Sports Midwest|
|52-6||Fox Sports 1|
|52-7||Big Ten Network|
|53.5||Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV)|
|54.3||Christian Television Network|
|54.4||World Harvest Television|
|55.9||Lifetime Movie Network|
|57.1||Freeform (formerly ABC Family)|
|57.7||The Weather Channel|
|58.9||Turner Classic Movies|
|59.3||HBO Family (East)|
|59.4||HBO Signature (East)|
|59.6||HBO 2 (West)|
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.
- Go to the menu screen on the television.
- Find a section named "Channel" or "Setup"; select "Cable."
- Look for "Auto Channel Search" or "Channel Scan."
- 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.
- 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:
- Technicolor DCI401;
- Iview 3500STBII.
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.