Bringing a TV?

What you need to know.

Cable TV service is provided for every suite in student housing throughout campus.  California Lutheran University partners with Time Warner digital cable for all TV services.  As of 2014, all analog cable channels have been switched over to 'QAM' digital format.

All televisions on campus must contain a QAM digital tuner to receive these channels.  We highly recommend you bring a TV that possesses a QAM tuner to receive these channels. We highly recommend you bring a TV that possesses a QAM tuner.  Many new televisions today are digital/QAM compliant; however, even some new TVs may not contain a QAM tuner.  To ensure your television has a QAM tuner, check the specifications in your owner's manual, or visit the manufacturer's website and find the specification for your model.

Please be advised that lower priced 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 on certain models of bargain brands such as Apex, Dynex, and Sylvania.
 

How do I know if my TV has a QAM tuner?

  • Example of what the manual/website may say if the TV has a QAM tuner: "Built in digital under tuner (ATSC/Clear QAM)," or "NTSC/QAM."
  • Example of what the manual/website may say if the TV does NOT have a QAM tuner: "Contains ATSC/NTSC" (there will be no mention of QAM).

Note: "Digital Tuner" doe not necessarily mean QAM.

Televisions that, depending on model, are not likely to have a QAM tuner:

  • Apex
  • Dynex
  • Sharp
  • RCA
  • Sylvania


What if my TV doesn't have a QAM tuner?

If you TV does not possess a QAM tuner, you can purchase a converter tuner; such as the Channel Master CM-7001.  The CM-7001 is used on campus at the various facilities, and seems to work well.  

Visit Channel Master's website to check out the CM-7001, or go to: http://www.channelmaster.com/Clear_QAM_Broadcast_Tuner_Box_p/cm-7001.htm

Note: DAC (Digital Analog Converter) Boxes that convert TV signal coming through an antenna will not work with Time Warner Digital Cable.  Unfortunately, even with a CM-7001 converter, there is no guarantee that it will work.  We highly recommend purchasing a TV with with a QAM tuner.