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.
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 Set-Top Boxes (STB) compatible with WMU's EduCable system may be purchased online from NSC. 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.
Or, you may purchase your own online elsewhere or at an electronics store. Be aware, however, that those purchased elsewhere may not be compatible with our system and may not work. Always check the tuner specs to make sure it is QAM capable. Note that "ATSC" does not guarantee QAM compatibility, QAM must be specifically mentioned.
Televisions that, depending on model, may be missing the QAM tuner:
- WestingHouse Digital
*Some Smart TVs from this brand do not work on Western Michigan University's wireless network
Connecting your TV
Programming your TV
To program your TV for EduCable channels:
- Enter MENU with remote/front panel.
- Select CABLE as source/input (some sets differentiate between analog and digital, choose Digital).
- Run Auto Program/Scan to find all the channels.
For assistance with cable TV services, call the Technology Help Desk at (269) 387-4357, option 1.
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.