Cable Television at WMU

The EduCABLE channel lineup will change on Tuesday August 21 as service is transitioned to a new provider. Viewers will be required to re-scan/auto-program their TVs

 All Western Michigan University residence halls and apartments are serviced by EduCable, WMU's campus cable television service. It offers 119 channels, including over 80 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.


Xfinity Streaming service

Students living in campus housing will soon  have access to the Xfinity Stream  TV app.  Watch Xfinity TV channels on your computer, tablet, mobile phone and other streaming device. NOTE: You must be connected to a University internet connection to utilize Xfinity Stream services.

Please visit Xfinity on Campus for setup information. 

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 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:

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

*Some Smart TVs from this brand do not work on Western Michigan University's wireless network

Connecting your TV

Please visit Connecting to EduCable for assistance using EduCable.

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.