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USA’s cable system delivers all content in a digital format. The all-digital signal provides an expanded channel lineup and a significant increase in the number of high-definition (HD) channels. If planning to bring a TV, be sure your TV has a QAM tuner (coaxial cable not provided) in order to receive the digital cable service.

If you feel confident your TV meets the required compatibility needs but are still experiencing service issues, you can receive additional assistance by contacting our Housing Facilities office ((251) 460-7655). You can report any cable outages or concerns at any time by email (housing@southalabama.edu) or phone ((251) 460-7655).

Please refer to the FAQ below the channel line-up for more information.

Complete Channel Line-Up


CH # CHANNEL NAME CH # CHANNEL NAME CH # CHANNEL NAME
2.1 TELEGUIDE 48.1 VH-1 CLASSIC 100.1 H2
3.1 INFO CHANNEL 49.1 WE 101.1 HALLMARK CH
3.11 HD WEAR (ABC) 3 50.1 TWC 102.1 HALLMARK MOVIE CH
3.12 HD ZUUS COUNTRY 51.1 ESPN 103.1 HITN TV
4.1 A&E 52.1 ESPN 2 104.1 HOME SHOPPING NET
5.1 HD WKRG (CBS) 5 53.1 ESPNEWS 105.1 HOPE CH
5.2 HD CBS WEATHER  54.1 ESPN CLASSICS 106.1 IFC
5.3 HD ME TV 55.11 HD WFNA (CW) 55 107.1 INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY
6.1 FREEFORM 55.12 HD BOUNCE TV 108.1 ION
7.1 AMC 56.1 ESPNU 109.1 JEWELRY TV
8.1 ANIMAL PLANET 57.1 ESPN DEPORTES 110.1 JEWISH LIFE TV
9.1 BLOOMBERG TELEVISION 58.1 TV ONE 111.1 LINK TV
10.1 HD WALA (FOX) 10 59.1 NEWSMAX 112.1 LOGO
10.2 HD COZI TV 60.1 WGN 113.1 CNBC WORLD
11.1 BET 61.1 JAG TV 114.1 MLB NETWORK
12.1 CARTOON NETWORK 62.1 MTVU 115.1 NASA TV
13.1 CNBC 63.1 DISNEY 116.1 NAT GEO WILD
14.1 CNN 64.1 FOOD NETWORK 117.1 NBA TV
15.1 HEADLINE NEWS 65.1 OXYGEN 118.1 NBC SPORTS
15.11 HD WPMI (NBC) 15 66.1 LIFETIME MOVIE NET 119.1 NHL NETWORK
15.12 HD NBC WEATHER 67.1 CMT 120.1 NICK JR.
16.1 COMEDY CENTRAL 68.1 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 121.1 NRB NETWORK
17.1 C-SPAN 69.1 BRAVO 122.1 CANAL ONCE
18.1 C-SPAN 2 70.1 AMERICA'S AUCTION NET 123.1 OVATION
19.1 CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NET 71.1 AQUI 124.1 PIVOT
20.1 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 72.1 AUDIENCE NETWORK 125.1 PURSUIT CHANNEL
21.1 OWN 73.1 AXS TV 126.1 QVC
22.1 SCIENCE CHANNEL 74.1 BABY FIRST TV 127.1 REELZ
23.1 HD WSRE (PBS) 23 75.1 BBC AMERICA 128.1 RFD TV
24.1 AMERICAN HEROES 76.1 SEC NETWORK 129.1 SALE
25.1 HISTORY CHANNEL 77.1 BIG TEN NETWORK 130.1 EVINE (SHOPHQ)
26.1 E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 78.1 BYU TV 131.1
SHOPPING NETWORK
27.1 FOX NEWS 79.1 CHILLER 132.1 SPORTSMAN CHANNEL
28.1 FX 80.1 CLOO 133.1 TBN
29.1 GAME SHOW NETWORK 81.1 CHRISTIAN TEL. NET. 134.1 TCM
30.1 LIFETIME 82.1 COOKING CHANNEL 135.1 TCT NETWORK
31.1 MSNBC 83.1 DAYSTAR 136.1 TEENNICK
32.1 MTV 84.1 DESTINATION AMERICA 137.1 TENNIS CH
33.1 MTV 2 85.1 DISNEY JR. 138.1 THE CHURCH CHANNEL
34.1 NFL NETWORK 86.1 DISNEY XD 139.1 THE WORD NETWORK
35.1 NICKELODEON 87.1 ENLACE 140.1 THE TRAVEL NETWORK
36.1 TBS SUPERSTATION 88.1 EWTN 141.1 TRU TV
37.1 FX MOVIE CHANNEL 89.1 FOX BUSINESS 142.1 POP (TV GUIDE NET)
38.1 TLC 90.1 FOX SPORTS 1 143.1 UNIVISION
39.1 TNT 91.1 FOX SPORTS 2 144.1 UP
40.1 SYFY 92.1 FREE SPEECH TV 145.1 VELOCITY
41.1 HGTV 93.1 FUSE 146.1 VME
42.1 HD WEIQ (PBS) 42 94.1 FYI 147.1 WEATHER NATION
43.1 SPIKE TV 95.1 GALAVISION 148.1 WORLD HARVEST TEL.
44.1 HD WJTC (IND) 44 96.1 GEM SHOPPING NET 149.1 HBO
45.1 TV LAND 97.1 GOD TV 150.1 HBO 2 
46.1 USA 98.1 GOLDEN EAGLE 151.1  HBO COMEDY 
47.1 VH-1 99.1 GOLF CH 152.1  HBO FAMILY 
        153.1 HBO SIGNATURE
        154.1 HBO ZONE

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

▼   Television Compatibility

The University digital cable system requires a television, DVR or other tuner device with a QAM tuner. You must check the specifications from your manufacturer to determine if it includes the required tuner. The types of tuners currently in use in the United States are listed here for your reference.

NTSC TUNER (NOT COMPATIBLE)

NTSC, named for the National Television System Committee, is the analog television system used in the United States from 1941 to 2009. After nearly 70 years of use, the FCC ordered the discontinuation of most over-the-air NTSC transmissions in the United States in 2009. Analog channels are still available on many cable systems to provide basic programming without the use of a cable conversion box. Some manufacturers no longer include this type of tuner in televisions built after 2009.

ATSC TUNER (NOT COMPATIBLE)

An ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner, often called an ATSC receiver or HDTV tuner is a type of television tuner that allows reception of digital television (DTV) television channels transmitted by television stations in North America. The FCC required all television manufacturers to include an ATSC tuner in all products since 2007, and required television broadcasters to switch in 2009. This type of tuner is currently included in all new televisions, including the inexpensive "digital conversion boxes" that were widely available leading up to the 2009 switchover.

QAM (REQUIRED)

QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) is the format by which digital cable channels are encoded and transmitted via cable television providers, including CWRU. A QAM tuner is the cable equivalent of an ATSC tuner which receives over-the-air digital channels broadcast by local television stations. Many new cable-ready digital televisions support both of these standards. Because there is no requirement, though, some very inexpensive manufacturers or models may not include the QAM tuner.

Please be advised that less expensive TVs sometimes come with a lower quality QAM tuner that may be unable to tune all of the channels. We have found this to be true of bargain brands such as Dynex, Insignia, as well as some low-cost models from Visio. If that is the case a digital conversion box can be purchased.

Digital Conversion Boxes

If your television does not support a QAM tuner, you can update your television or purchase a digital conversion box. Just like the TV, you should ensure that the conversion boxes includes a QAM tuner, and not just an ATSC tuner. Most tuner boxes available at electronic stores from over-the-air digital TV transition do not include this tuner, so be sure to verify the specifications from the manufacturer. The following boxes have been tested by the University/College for compatibility with our system.

       COMPATIBLE DEVICES

  • ChannelMaster CM-7001
  • Firebird DCT210

      INCOMPATIBLE DEVICES

The following specific devices are equipped with a low-quality QAM tuner that is not capable of tuning the entire channel lineup. You may get limited or erratic service with these devices. The most common issue is the device freezing when tuned to one of the local broadcast channels over cable.

  • Access HD DTA1080
  • Digital Stream DTX9950
  • iView STB1000
  • iView STB2000
  • iView 3200STB
  • iView 3500STB2

Digital Televisions

We have compiled the following information about television compatibility, and provide this list an informal reference for newer devices. This information is compiled from staff and student reports, and is not intended to be complete. The University cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. You should verify the specifications when you make a purchase.

  • Dynex-Only limited models have a Qam tuner
  • Element-Only limited models have a Qam tuner
  • Insignia-Only limited models have a Qam tuner
  • LG-Most models since 2007 have a Qam tuner
  • Samsung-All models since 2009 have a Qam tuner (fifth digit of model number must be B or higher)
  • Seiki-Only limited models have a Qam tuner
  • Sony-Most models since 2007 have a Qam tuner
  • Sylvania-Do not appear to have a Qam tuner
  • Toshiba-Most models since 2007 have a Qam tuner
  • Visio-Recent models have a Qam tuner
  • Westinghouse-Some models require Qam tuner activation
▼   What equipment do I need to receive the cable TV service?

The cable TV service delivers all content in a digital format and requires a television set or conversion box tuner capable of receiving a digital clear QAM signal. To receive HD channels, you need a HD-compatible TV.

The University cable service delivers all content in a digital format and requires a television set or conversion box tuner capable of receiving a digital clear QAM signal. To receive HD channels, you need a HD-compatible TV. Please check the specifications for your particular TV brand/model to be sure it has a QAM tuner in order to receive the digital cable service. 

If your television does not support a QAM tuner, you can update your television or purchase a digital conversion box. Just like the TV, you should ensure that the conversion boxes includes a QAM tuner, and not just an ATSC tuner. Most tuner boxes available at electronic stores from over-the-air digital TV transition do not include this tuner, so be sure to verify the specifications from the manufacturer. The following boxes have been tested by the University/College for compatibility with our system.

Review the "Television Compatibility" section above for more info.

▼   How do I program my TV to be able to see all the channels being offered?

The procedure for setting up your TV to recognize the new signals (channel scan) will be different based on the manufacturer and TV model. Please refer to your TV's manual for instructions. In general, the procedure is as follows: 

Run an automatic channel scan for cable channels. The scan may take a few minutes as the TV looks for all available signals. Once it's done, your TV should recognize all the content provided that your TV is capable of receiving. You can then tune to the channels just like any other channel. Remember, the specific procedure may vary by TV manufacturer and model and you may have to refer to your TV's instruction manual.

▼   What are sub-channels?

Multiple digital TV signals can be squeezed into the same bandwidth space as a single analog channel--splitting what was one channel into several. Digital tuners see these extra channels as sub-channels, such as 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, etc. You can tune to sub-channels just as you would tune to a normal channel.