- February 2009 DTV Transition
- Channel Lineup
- Premium Services/Comcast Converter Boxes
- Cable Ready Televsion Sets
- Non-Cable Ready Television Sets (Older TVs)
- With Cable Ready VCR or DVD Recorder
- Purchasing the Connectors
- Support and Assistance
In February 2009 a Federal mandate for “full-power” television broadcast stations to convert from Analog to Digital transmission format takes effect.
The immediate impact of this mandate is that consumers receiving their television programming “over the air” without the use of a Cable, FiOS, Satellite,etc. will need to utilize a digital-to-analog converter device to continue to receive programming in this fashion. This mandate does not affect television service providers like Cable, FiOS or Satellite because these providers do not use over-the-air broadcasts to deliver their programming.
The College of New Jersey contracts with Comcast for campus-wide television services. The College’s system is a pure analog system and Comcast has committed to providing continued service to meet our needs.
All analog-capable television device will continue to work on campus. The College is reviewing with Comcast the possibility of providing digital format content in the future. It is expected that an ATSC-only digital tuner WILL NOT work with the Comcast services, similar to Comcast’s current regional operations.
Please refer also to “Premium Services / Comcast Converter Boxes” below.
For more information on the February 2009 transition mandate, please refer to the following official website:http://www.dtv.gov/
Comcast’s channel listing is constantly changing. For the most up-to-date channel lineup, visit http://www.comcast.com/, click on Tv Programming, then Channel Lineup. Enter zip code 08628 and select Ewing. Our current contract package listing is under Digital Classic, Channels 2 – 73.
The College of New Jersey is not equipped to provide, support or accept Comcast premium services or any Comcast service requiring a bi-directional converter box.
A converter box from Comcast is not required to receive the programming package provided to The College. Bi-directional converter boxes are unsupported on our network at this time.
The College of New Jersey does not support services provided via satellite or any provider that utilizes a “dish”. It is prohibited to extend objects out building windows or to affix objects to any part of the building structure.
You will need a coaxial cable with F connectors. One end connects to the cable/antenna/VHF jack on the back of your television set, the other end connects to the wall CATV outlet. Once you have connected the cable, you will need to program your television to receive the campus cable channels. The instruction manual that came with your television should have instructions on how to program cable channels. If you have lost the manual, try searching for your television model number online (e.g. Google). The College does not have extensive knowledge on programming specific televisions.
If you have an older television (e.g.. with a rotary knob), that is not cable ready you will need a cable converter box or a cable ready VCR.
You will need two coaxial cables with F connectors, or one coaxial cable and one audio/video cable. Connect one coaxial cable to the CABLE IN/ANTENNA/VHF jack on the back of your VCR or DVD recorder; the other end connects to the CATV outlet on the wall.
If using the coaxial cable connection to the television, connect a second coaxial cable from the CABLE OUT on the VCR/DVD to the CABLE IN/ANTENNA/VHF jack on your television set. Some older sets may require a 75 Ohm-300 Ohm adapter. This adapter converts the coaxial cable’s connector to a flat, twin lead cable with two U-shaped connecters that screw onto the back of your TV.
If using the audio/video cable connections connect the audio/video cable from the VCR/DVD A/V output to the television A/V input. If necessary configure Program the VCR or DVD recorder and tune your TV to channel 3 or 4. Select channels by using the VCR or DVD recorder.
You may purchase any of the above-mentioned items at Radio Shack, Best Buy, or any other TV and electronics store. The nearest Radio Shack is located at 1867 N. Olden Ave, (771-1029). Best Buy is located on U.S. Rt. 1.
If AFTER reading these instructions, you still need help, or if there is a reception problem call the ResNet office at 609-771-3138. If necessary, a service technician will be dispatched to your room.
Note: When you disconnect the coaxial cable from the CATV wall outlet, be sure to UNSCREW THE CONNECTOR first. Do not try to yank the cable free.