The University of Georgia’s on-campus cable TV system, University Cablevision, is an all-digital cable TV service. Digital channels allow viewers to experience better picture and sound quality.
Most TVs purchased since 2004 have digital converters and will work with University Cablevision. All televisions manufactured after 2007 are required to have digital receivers.
However, older televisions, and possibly some newer models, may not work with University Cablevision.
Students bringing a TV to their residence hall on campus should be aware in advance if their television will work with University Cablevision.
To ensure if your television will work, look in your TV owner’s manual for labeling that states, “Digital Ready,” “DTV,” “Digital Tuner Built in,” “HDTV,” “QAM,” “Integrated Digital Tuner,” etc.
If your TV has any of those terms, your TV should work with University Cablevision.
In that case, just plug your TV into a wall jack with a coaxial cable and complete an auto-tune. Students must bring or purchase their own coaxial cable for their TVs.
Televisions whose owner’s manual states it has a NTSC tuner will not work on University Cablevision. This may also apply to older televisions and possibly a few newer TVs.
For those TVs that cannot receive a digital signal, an option is to buy a digital cable converter box that supports QAM and connect the digital converter to your TV. The digital converters provided by iView and Channel Master have been shown to work with University Cablevision. Students may purchase these options from a retailer. Another option is to purchase a new TV with a digital QAM tuner.