How do I set up my cable TV?

Both new and returning students will need to rescan their televisions before taking advantage of the new channel lineup.

How to hook up your television

  1. Connect the coax cables
    1. Digital-ready television: Simply connect the coax cable from your TV to the cable outlet. Make sure both ends are tight. You must use coax cords with screw on connectors as to not cause RF leakage.
    2. Non-digital television with a converter box - see detailed instructions (PDF):
      1. Connect the coax cable to the converter box.
      2. Connect the other end to the cable outlet.
      3. Make sure both ends are tight. You must use coax cords with screw-on connectors as to not cause RF leakage.
      4. Insert the output plug of the converter box into your television's "video" or "game" input.
  2. Reprogram the television
    1. Turn the television on and go to the menu. 
    2. Select “rescan" or "reprogram." Make sure to select “cable” mode. 
    3. Wait for the scanning to complete. This process can take up to 15 minutes depending on the brand of television. 
    4. When scanning finishes, you should see more than 100 digital channels.
  3. Tune in to an HD channel
    1. Example type 19.1 (“1” “9” “.” “1”) on the remote to get to a digital HD channel.

For more information about the new lineup and to find answers to cable-related questions, visit cabletv.msu.edu.

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