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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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

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

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.

  1. Locate the 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.

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.

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