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Digital TV Connection in Your Salem State Dorm/Residence Hall Room

Residence Life offers high-definition digital television services to all on-campus residence halls. Here, we explain how to connect your TV in your dorm or residence hall room.

Learn more about specific TV channels, DVR and other services in residence halls.

TV set-up to access high-definition services

  • You will need a TV with Clear/Open QAM tuner (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) to receive the high definition service. The Clear/Open QAM tuner allows your TV to receive high definition cable programming without a cable set-top box. Most HD or digital TVs sold after 2006 have an internal digital Clear/Open QAM tuner. The easiest way to check if your TV is supported is to find its model number and Google the words "open QAM" and your model number. If your TV has the appropriate tuner, you should be able to find it in the search. If the resolution of your TV is 4K or 1080 and it has a tuner, it should be ok. Most often, a TV with a maximum resolution of 720 does not have an open QAM tuner (but some do -- research your TV model to be sure!).
  • Make sure your TV is plugged into a working electric outlet. Locate the TV (coaxial) outlet in your room and connect one end of the coaxial cable to it and the other end to the "CATV" or "VHF IN" on your television. Your TV may say “In from Antenna” or “Digital Audio In.” Do not connect using “UHF-IN.”
  • To access available channels, use your remote, menu/set-up, and do a “channel scan.” While TVs vary in the set-up and options, the following general steps work for many types. Using the TVs remote control, follow these general steps:
    • Step 1: Press the “Power” button to turn on the TV
    • Step 2: Press the “Menu” Button
    • Step 3: Select “Set-Up”
    • Step 4: Select “Antenna” then “Cable”
    • Step 5: Select “Auto Program/Auto Tune/Channel scan” then “OK”