You have access to over 50 channels in the residence halls. Each room at NIU has a coaxial jack for watching TV. You'll need to bring your own TV and a coaxial cable.
Have questions about TV in the residence halls? Contact the Service Desk for help.
If you'd like, you can bring your own TV to watch in your room. Here's how to get started.
What You'll Need
Older or Budget Model TVs
Without a Digital Tuner
How to Scan for Channels
All TV manufacturers differ, so menu options, wording and other items may vary. The best way to complete the channel scan is to refer to your television's owner's manual. If that is not available, try the following general instructions.
- Locate the TV remote control.
- Go to Menu or Settings.
- Locate Channels or Set Up.
- Most digital TV sets have a scanning function typically called Auto Program, Channel Scan or some similar name. Find the scan function in the on-screen menu and start it.
- You probably will see a progress bar that shows the number of channels found. A scan can take as long as 45 minutes depending upon the TV set.
- When finished, the TV will have found all of the available channels.
If you're not seeing all the channels when you scan
Try running another channel scan and selecting "cable" instead of "air." If that doesn't work, or you don't see those options when scanning for channels, you may need an analog-to-digital converter box (see above).
Using two TVs in one room
There is only one coaxial jack in the room, but if both you and your roommate want to hook up a TV, you can purchase a coaxial cable splitter.
How to Tell if Your TV has a Digital Tuner
Most modern TVs have a QAM digital tuner that will let you tune in to all of our channels. If your TV is older or a budget model, it may not have a QAM digital tuner built in. Instead, you may need to get an analog-to-digital converter box.
You probably do not need an analog-to-digital converter box if:
- The TV's manual mentions "QAM" or "Clear QAM".
- Your TV remote has a (.) or (-) symbol button for tuning to channels such as 7.1 or 7-1.
You may need an analog-to-digital converter box along with your television in order to view all of our channels if:
- The TV's manual does not say anything about "QAM" or "Clear QAM".
- Your remote doesn't have a (.) or (-) symbol button for tuning to channels such as 7.1 or 7-1.
- You have an older television made before 2006.
- The TV model is Apex, Dynex, Element, Haier, Seiki, Sylvania or Westinghouse.
If you're not sure if your television needs an analog-to-digital converter in order to see all the channels at NIU, the Service Desk can help.