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Television Requirements

ETSU Cable TV operates on a fully digital system. Your digital television must have a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) tuner built-in in order to work with the school's cable service. If you have a compatible TV, you will need to have it auto-scan for channels after hookup in order to ensure you are viewing all available channels.

Information regarding the auto programming and converter boxes can be found on the Campus Televideo FAQ.

How can I tell if my TV can receive a digital signal?

The only sure way to know if your TV can receive a digital signal is to test it on the digital cable TV system. In general, most TVs sold in the United States after 2006 include a digital (QAM) tuner, although some low end and less expensive models still did not include the functionality to tune digital channels as late as 2009. Many TVs, especially high end TVs, produced between 2000 and 2006 will also be equipped with digital tuners. Any TV produced prior to 2000 will be unlikely to include digital tuners, but high end TVs in this category may have internal digital tuners however they may not be the QAM standard so be careful. Most TVs will have a sticker on the back of the TV listing their manufacture date.

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