Which TV's will work with the Campus Television System?

TV Set and Streaming Device Compatibility Guide for the University Campus Television System

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Saint Joseph’s University will provide resident students (except those living at Lancaster Court) with new viewing options for Campus TV. In addition to an upgraded traditional TV service, students will also be able to stream a custom lineup of channels on laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other devices beginning in 2018. Lancaster Court TV information can be found here.

The University will continue to offer traditional TV and will provide at least one active cable-ready television system jack for each campus residence hall unit. A new system will provide a lineup of roughly 130 channels-all in HD. The lineup has been updated to reflect student-requested programming and a channel guide has been added. A student’s digital television must have a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) tuner to work properly with the University’s cable service. The QAM tuner allows your TV to receive programming without a cable set top box. Unfortunately, some TVs are manufactured without a QAM tuner or with a tuner that may not be able to provide acceptable video and audio quality.

Note that 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 also not compatible with the school’s cable system. Older analog/ picture tube TVs will not work at all.

Here is an informal compatibility reference for some commonly available devices. We cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information. You should carefully verify the specifications when you purchase your TV or prior to bringing one to campus.

MAKE                               MODEL(S)

LG                                      Most models manufactured since 2007.

Samsung                          Most models manufactured since 2009.

Sony                                  Most models manufactured since 2007.

Toshiba                            Most models manufactured since 2007.

Vizio                                 Most recent models.

Our experiences indicate that certain manufacturer models tend not to provide QAM tuners and generally do NOT work properly on the University Cable TV system.  These include:

MAKE                               MODELS NOT EQUIPPED WITH QAM TUNER

Apex                                  DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE QAM TUNERS

Dynex                                DX-32L151A11

Element                            DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE QAM TUNERS

Emerson                           LC320EM2F, LC401EM2F, EWL20S5B

Haier                                 DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE QAM TUNERS

Insignia                             DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE QAM TUNERS

LG                                       MODELS MADE PRIOR TO 2007

Magnavox                        P2MF23ID/37

RCA                                    LED24G45RQ

Samsung                           MODELS MADE PRIOR TO 2009

Seiki                                   SE24FT01, SE47FY19

Sharp                                 32″ AQUOS

Sony                                  MODELS MADE PRIOR TO 2007

Sylvania                            DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE QAM TUNERS

Toshiba                             MODELS MADE PRIOR TO 2007

Westinghouse                 DWM32H1G1, DWM32H1Y1, DWM42F2G1, DWM48F1A1, EWM24F1Y1, LTV-27W2

If you arrive on campus with a digital TV that cannot scan/locate University channels properly or does not provide audio or video, please contact the Technology Service Center located in Science Center 129 (campus telephone: 610-660-2920 or report a problem through our Service Catalog) and we will schedule an appointment for a technician to assist you.  If you brought a TV that is incompatible with the University system, you may need to purchase a converter box that will connect your TV to the system. The University technician will be able to suggest appropriate options during their scheduled appointment with you.


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