Cable TV on Campus

 Cable TV Channel Lineup

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Cable TV Services are available in all residence halls and university apartments. Residential Life and Telecommunications work cooperatively to provide these services. Residential Life is responsible for the channel line up, while Telecommunications provides maintenance support.

Requests for programming changes should be directed to the Housing Services at x3745.

Cable 7 (Channel 22):

To place an advertisement on Cable 7, you must contact the Student Activities Desk in the University Center to obtain approval. Upon approval, they will provide the necessary information to place an advertisement.

Connecting to the Cable TV system:

The FSU Cable system has changed to a digital system which now includes more high-definition channels along with regular local programming. In order to take full advantage, please be sure to bring a digital TV with QAM tuner for use on campus. A QAM tuner enables your digital TV to receive digital cable channels directly without a set top box. If you are unsure if your TV has a QAM tuner, please check with your TV's manufacturer. You can also search the make and model of your TV online using a search engine such as or

If you have an analog TV (tube TV, non-HD flat screen) you can continue to use it by purchasing a converter box. Some flat screen HD TVs do not have a QAM digital tuner. The iView 3500STBII Multi-Function Digital Converter Box is recommended to view all Ferris offered cable channels; this can be located online. Similar boxes may be used as well. If you decide to purchase a converter box it must be a QAM TO ANALOG converter box.

When connecting to a new cable provider, televisions need to go through a process called a Channel Scan. This scan allows the television to receive the new channels. Please follow the steps below to successfully scan the on campus channels.

Channel Scan

Note: This process may vary from TV to TV, so please check your owner's manual or manufacturer's website for detailed instructions.

  1. Go to the menu screen on the television
  2. Find a section named Channel or Setup; select CABLE
  3. Look for Auto Channel Search or Channel Scan
  4. Begin the search or scan for digital and analog channels. The scan can take up to 45 minutes. Allow the channel scan to complete since some channels are added right at the end
  5. When complete, scroll through some channels to verify that there are digital channels

Cable TV Help Tips

Make sure your TV is plugged in to a working electric outlet. Locate the TV outlet in your room and connect one end of the coaxial cable to it and the other end to the "CATV" or "VHF IN" on your television.

Your digital television must have a QAM tuner (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) to work with the school's cable service. The QAM tuner allows your TV to receive high definition cable programming without a cable set top box. Unfortunately, some less expensive TVs come with a low quality QAM tuner that may not be able to pick up all the digital channels. You should verify the specifications when you purchase your TV.

A NTSC (National Television System Committee) tuner is not compatible. This TV will require a digital-to-analog converter box to view television signals.

An ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner can receive digital signals but is not compatible with the school's cable system.

Repair Service:

For assistance, call (231) 591-2901 to report a problem and select the appropriate menu option. Or email us at

A technician will arrange to fix the problem for you.