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BC Cable TV Goes HD

August 2015

What do I need to know?

BC Cable Television was upgraded to High Definition (HD). In order to view BC Cable, all TVs on campus require a built-in QAM tuner, which allows the TV to tune to digital channels. Although most modern televisions have a QAM tuner built-in, we recommend you verify the TV has a QAM tuner before purchasing one for use at BC.

What should I do to set up my TV?

  • Connect to the Cable TV jack in your room. Using your TV's remote, access the "Menu" feature. Look for "Settings" related to tuning or programming - and perform the "autoscan" function using the "cable" selection.

  • Wait for the scan to finish - exit "Menu" and tune to channel 7 or 7.1 WGBH PBS Boston to test.  

  • If you're still not sure, consult your TV's user manual (most can be found online). The manual might refer to another kind of tuner, e.g., an ATSC / NTSC Tuner. There will be no mention of QAM.

What should I do if my TV does not have a QAM tuner?

  • Purchase a new QAM ready TV; department stores presently have sets starting at around $150.  

  • Purchase a converter box. ITS has successfully tested the iView 3200STB and the 3500STBII, costing about $30 - $40.

What if I need help?

Call the Help Center at 617-552-4357 (HELP).