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UMN-TV: Cable TV in the residence halls

UMN-TV provides a rich variety of 100+ channels of analog and digital TV content. It is distributed via coaxial cable TV outlets eliminating the need for set-top boxes. UMN-TV provides 80+ channels of analog TV, compatible with most any Cable-Ready TV produced in the last twenty years. Additionally, 20+ channels of digital TV are provided, including all of the major local broadcast TV channels and a limited number of other sports and entertainment channels (offered through DirectTV). Most of the digital TV channels are provided in High Definition (HD), while others are provided in Standard Definition (SD), with some in both HD and SD.

To receive digital TV channels, a TV with an ATSC or Clear QAM tuner is required. All TVs produced since 2007 should be able to receive the digital TV channels. Note: Some HD-ready TVs require external tuners. Check your owner's manual to see if your TV has a built-in tuner or will require additional equipment.

Any outages or changes in service will be reported here.

How to Scan for Channels

  • Channel line-up (tentative list, subject to change)
    Note: On 8/17, Speed has been rebranded to Fox Sports 1 and Fuel has been rebranded to Fox Sports 2. Along with the new names, new content has also been made available.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

TV recommendations:

  • TVs manufactured within the last 3 years are recommended.
  • All "Digital Ready" TVs are acceptable. However, some may not get all sub channels, such as 11.2, 11.3, etc.
  • "Cable Ready" TVs manufactured in 1995 or later will work with the residence hall cable TV network. However, the HD channels will not be available in HD. In other words, the channels will be accessible, but not in HD.
  • TVs manufactured before 1995 are not recommended and may not work.
  • Set-top boxes are not required at this time.
  • Once on campus you will neded to scan for channels on your TV.

How to set up cable TV in your room:

  1. Connect a coaxial cable from the wall outlet into the input port on the back of your cable-ready TV. You must provide your own cable!
  2. Connect the TV power cord to the wall electrical outlet and turn on TV.
  3. Using your TV remote, select Menu and then select and run the Auto-Setup feature. Sometimes this is called scanning for channels. Refer to your user manual for instructions.


If you’re not receiving cable TV after following these instructions:

  1. Double-check your coaxial connection. Visit your hall's information desk to check out a miniature TV. Please follow the instructions above with the temporary TV. If the mini TV can connect to the cable system, then the problem is with your TV. Your TV may not have the built-in converters or may be broken. You may need to find a TV repair shop for service.
  2. If you are still unable to connect, there may be a problem with your cable TV jack. Please contact 1-HELP (1-4357) for assistance..

How to set up a digital video recorder (DVR) (e.g., TiVo) in your room:

  1. Connect the DVR to your TV. You must provide your own DVR!
  2. Connect the DVR power cord to the wall electrical outlet and turn on DVR and TV.
  3. Using your DVR remote, select Menu and then select and run the Auto-Setup feature. Refer to your user manual for instructions. When it asks for Zip Code, enter 55455 even if you live on St. Paul or West Bank Campuses.


  • Most DVRs have online support, this is the best place to go for help. The U of MN Tech Support staff do not support DVRs.

Additional frequently asked questions

Last updated: June, 6 2011