Campus Televideo is an all digital system using QAM technology. QAM is a type of digital
signal that is used by cable companies to distribute television and other telecommunication
mediums. This change is similar to the 2009 digital TV switchover that was mandatory
for OTA (Over The Air) broadcast stations. (Important: QAM signals are different than
Over the Air signals. If you buy a digital converter or set top box from a local electronics
store, it will most likely NOT work.)
Analog TV’s or TV’s that are generally more than 5 years old may require the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box (QAM Tuner noted above)
in order to view the new channels since the old analog system is being replaced with
a digital signal. The cost of the converter / tuner will be the responsibility of
the student. These converter boxes, can be purchased through Amazon for the conversion
of an older set with an analog tuner.
Will my TV work with our new system? How can I tell if my TV has a QAM tuner?
If your television has been manufactured within the last 5 years, there is a good
chance that it can receive the QAM signal. The easiest way to tell if your model
- Refer to the documentation which came with your television. Look for QAM-capable on the
checklist of features for your TV.
- Google your make and model - look for QAM-capable.
Not all new or recently purchased TV’s will function if they are “off-brand” TV’s
like “Element” or “Westinghouse”. These models may not be equipped with a “clear”
QAM tuner. However, some of these televisions have been equipped with the QAM tuner.
Please review this technical specification on any newly purchased TV’s. The vast majority
of newer TV’s will work properly.
The small percentage of receiving devices may experience clear QAM tuning issues.
These issues include the inability to recognize video and audio streams, variances
in the channel numbering format, the channel description, or the channel programming
detail. As new television models are released, we expect manufacturers will endeavor
to remedy clear QAM issues.
Digital TV’s that are not equipped with the QAM tuner can purchase the converter box from Bear
Logic at the University Center as they are not commercially available.