Time Warner Cable recently installed a Clear QAM device at St. Andrews. However, older television sets that are not equipped with QAM turners will not be able to access all of the HD channels in the current University line-up.
All televisions on campus must contain a QAM digital tuner to receive the channels. Older analog televisions are no longer compatible with the University’s cable tv system. 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.
What is a QAM tuner and how do I know if my TV has one?
A QAM tuner allows your TV to tune to digital or HD channels. Most, but not all, TV’s that were made after 2006 have a QAM tuner built in.
Suggested QAM Tuners:
- You can search online by make/model of your TV or reference your TV’s owner’s manual for specific model information related to what type of tuner is present in your TV.
- An example of what the manual may say if the TV has a QAM tuner: “Built in digital tuner (ATSC/Clear QAM)”, or “NTSC/QAM“
- Additionally, if your TV remote has the (.) or (-) symbol button for easy tuning or is able to display channels such as 5.2 or 5-2, your TV likely has a QAM tuner.
- An example of what the manual may say if the TV does NOT have a QAM tuner: “ATSC / NTSC Tuner” (there will be no mention of QAM)
Examples of TV’s: (Please note this is not a complete list)
- Dynex – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
- Element – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
- Insignia – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
- LG – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
- Samsung – All models since 2009 have a QAM tuner (fifth digit of model number must be B or higher)
- Seiki – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
- Sony – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
- Sylvania – Do not appear to have QAM tuners
- Toshiba – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
- Visio – Recent models have a QAM tuner
- Westinghouse – Some models require QAM tuner activation