Cable Television at WMU

All Western Michigan University residence halls and apartments are serviced by EduCable, WMU's campus cable television service. It offers 120 channels, including 74 in high definition. Programming consists of a mix of educational, news, entertainment, and cultural sources. See the programming lineup. In addition to a television, students who wish to use EduCable should bring a high quality COAX CATV cable.

Digital TV

A digital television that includes a QAM tuner is required to view programming on EduCable. Most televisions today are digital/QAM compliant, however less expensive or budget televisions may not be. To find out if your television has a QAM tuner, check the specifications in your owner's manual, or visit the manufacturer's website.

If your television is not digital or does not have the QAM tuner, you will need to use a QAM digital-to-analog converter box. QAM converters configured for WMU's EduCable system may be purchased for $70 from the EduCable office in 1124 Dunbar Hall. Only checks made out to Western Michigan University can be accepted. These converters will work for analog televisions as well as digital televisions that do not have a QAM tuner. If you have any questions, you may call the EduCable office at (269) 387-4997.

If you do not wish to purchase a converter from the EduCable office, you may purchase your own online or at an electronics store. Be aware, however, that those purchased elsewhere may not be compatible with our system and may not work. 

Televisions that, depending on model, may be missing the QAM tuner:

  • Appex
  • Ario
  • Dynex
  • Element
  • Haier
  • Insignia
  • Seiki
  • Sylvania
  • ViewSonic
  • WestingHouse Digital

Connecting your TV

Programming your TV

To program your TV for EduCable channels:

  1. Enter MENU with remote/front panel.
  2. Select CABLE as source/input (some sets differentiate between analog and digital, choose Digital).
  3. Run Auto Program/Scan to find all the channels.

Getting help

For assistance with cable TV services, call the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357, option 2.

Recording TV programs

Western Michigan University has contracted with TV programmers to provide a large and varied program selection for students living on campus. It is important to protect the intellectual property of the program providers. The Supreme Court of the United States (Sony Corp. of America v. University City Studios, Inc. 464 U.S. 417 (1984)) found that recording of programs for the purpose of playback at a later time is protected under the concept of fair use. You may view the programs as many times as you want. You may not use the programs in public exhibitions, distribute the program files on peer-to-peer networks, stream program content, or sell copies of the program.

If Western Michigan University receives a claim of copyright violation from a program provider, or Charter Cablevision, we will work with the entity, consistent with applicable law and University policy, to resolve the issue. See also file sharing.