Comcast, UNH Housing's cable TV programming provider, has upgraded their service to UNH. Beginning this fall, the UNH Catvision cable system is completely digital. You can watch your favorite shows or sporting events in high definitation! But with progress comes change, so here's some important things to note:
- You will need a QAM capable digital tuner television in order to receive UNH's digital broadcast. Most flat screen televisions manufactured since 2007 come equipped with the QAM tuner required for digital programming. Flat screen TVs made before 2007 may not. You can check this by going to your television's manufacturer's website and checking your model number.
NOTE: IF YOUR TV DOES NOT HAVE A QAM TUNER PLEASE DO NOT BRING IT TO CAMPUS.
It's Time to SET-Up Your Cable!
There are three important components that you will need to begin installing your cable service:
- one coax cable with 2 screw-on connectors at each end
- the complete channel lineup listing
- your television's remote control
Hooking up your television
Depending on the equipment you have, there are many possible ways to hook up your television (especially if you have DVD players). We will outline attaching your TV to our cable system. Please see your television's Owner's Manual for connecting various digital devices to your TV.
Find the cable TV connection point on the wall of your room. This is the source of your cable signal. This faceplate has one of three different configurations (see below), and can be found on one of your room walls, usually at electrical outlet height and always adjacent to or part of your phone jack:
A cable port looks like a short, thick, threaded metal cylinder with a tiny hole in the end. Once you've found it, screw one end of your coaxial cable onto this connector. Make sure to tighten the metal ring around the end of the cable so it's a tight fit. A loose-fitting cable can mean the difference between great signal and no signal at all.
Now, run the other end of the cable to the back of your TV (run it around the room if necessary). Hook it up the same way you did with the other end, into the RF connection plug on the back of the TV. The plug should be labeled "CABLE" or "RF IN" or "VHF".
Once you've done this, plug in your TV and position it the way you want it. Turn it on, and get ready to program your set for cable TV.
If you have your manual, look in it to find out exactly how your set is supposed to be programmed. Your manual should be able to give you better instructions than this guide can, because it will be talking about your specific television. Basically, there are only two steps involved in programming a cable-ready television set:
- First, let it know that it'll be receiving a cable signal;
- Second, scan through the channels to store the available ones in memory. Some TVs detect a cable signal automatically-- all you have to do is plug in the coaxial cable, follow the on-screen prompts, and turn the set on. The TV does the rest. However, some TVs need to be programmed manually.
Programming the TV: Step 1 - Receiving the cable signal
Many TVs are set to receive antenna (or off-air) signals by default. You will have to adjust your TV to receive the cable signal. Usually this can be done with your remote control.
Press the MENU (it may also be called SETUP) button on your remote. You should be taken to a new screen: either a blue screen with commands, or a screen with control icons on it.
If you don't have a MENU or SETUP button, try any similarly-named button that looks promising, until you get an option screen. Look for a menu (usually called SETUP) that lets you choose your television's input source; you should use the CABLE input.
Other input options that will work for receiving a cable signal:
- STD (meaning Standard)
- LINE (meaning Hard Line)
Make sure CABLE is stored in the TV's memory. Many times a customer will see CABLE on the menu and wrongly think that it is selected. You can test it this way: after selecting CABLE, exit completely from the menu, then go back into the menu and see if CABLE is still highlighted. If it is, then it was selected properly.
Sometimes, the cable switch is an actual switch on the TV itself. Look on the front and back of the set for any switches labeled ANT and CABLE (or something similar). Keep your eyes open for switches hidden behind obscure access doors. Once you find it, set it to CABLE. Programming the TV:
Step 2: Storing the cable channels/Autoprogram
Now that you have your TV set up to receive a cable signal, you now need to scan and store your channels. This process stores the channels of the UNH’s cable system into your television's memory, and deletes from memory any unused or inactive channels.
AUTOPROGRAM is usually a menu selection on the same menu where you selected CABLE. Or, there may be a button on your remote which says AUTOPROGRAM, CHANNEL SCAN, AUTOSCAN, or something similar.
Once you have selected or pressed AUTOPROGRAM, do not panic. Your screen will probably go blank or turn blue, and it will begin cycling through all of the cable channels. Usually, TVs are cable-ready for up to 125 channels, so let the TV scan through the channels until it finishes. DO NOT interrupt the scan - or else you may have to scan all over again.
After the autoprogram is complete, you should be able to flip through all of the UNH channels with your CHANNEL UP and CHANNEL DOWN buttons.
Step 3 - That's It!
UNH's digital programming does not require a set-top box or HD converter box or anything like that. Just connect your TV from the cable outlet in your room to the cable connector in the back of your TV (make sure both are securely fastened), autoprogram you television to UNH's cable line-up and enjoy!