TV Guide

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.

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Set Up Your TV

To connect your own TV in your room, you will need:

  1. A coaxial cable.
  2. If your TV does not have a digital tuner built in, you must bring a digital converter box and an HDMI cable to connect the digital converter box to your TV. You can skip this step if your TV's manual or packaging mentions words like "QAM" or "Clear QAM" and the TV remote has a period (.) or dash (-) symbol button for tuning to channels like 7.1 or 7-1 on it — this means that your TV has a digital tuner built in and you do not need to bring a digital converter box.

    Need help getting set up? The Service Desk provides services for all residents.

    Contact the Service Desk

Scan for Channels

Refer to the manual that came with your TV for specific instructions on how to scan for channels, but if you do not have the manual, try these general instructions:

  1. Get your TV remote control.
  2. Go to Menu or Settings.
  3. Locate Channels or Set Up.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When finished, the TV will have found all of the available channels.

Not Seeing All the 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 a digital converter box.

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.

Mounting Your TV

Mounting televisions on walls is not allowed in the residence halls. Most students keep their TV on their desk or dresser. Some students bring a rolling TV cart.

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