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Cable TV in Residence Halls

How to Access Cable TV in Residence Halls, Suites and Town Homes

Here’s what you need to use cable TV on campus:

  • You need an HD TV to access cable on campus
  • When you connect your TV to the cable jack, you will have automatic access to the Boise State Enhanced Cable List

There are cable jacks in all residence hall rooms with no common area (Towers, Chaffee). Residence hall suites (Keiser, Taylor, Driscoll, Morrison, University Suites, University Square, Lincoln Townhomes) have cable jacks in the common areas. There is a cable box in each apartment in our apartment complexes. There are cable jacks in both the residence hall rooms and common areas in the Honors College and Sawtooth Hall.


Troubleshooting Cable TV in Residence Halls

Contact the OIT HelpDesk at (208) 426-4357 (HELP) or helpdesk@boisestate.edu if you’re having problems with your cable signal.

If you are in the Honors College or Sawtooth Hall,  contact elauwit for support:


Common Issues with Cable TV in Residence Halls

Fuzzy Signal or No Signal At All

Check the cable connection to the back of the TV, and to the wall. Multiple connectors to extend the cable line to the TV in a desired location can degrade the signal. If possible, the television should be connected directly to the wall cable.

TV Receives Only Some of the Channels

You need to program the TV to receive all available channels. Some older televisions may not be able to receive all available channels. If some or even only one channel comes through, the issue is with the television, not the cable company.

QAM Tuners

All residence hall cable is provided in a QAM digital format. A QAM tuner allows your TV to tune to digital or HD channels. Most TVs manufactured after 2006 have a QAM tuner built in. To learn if your TV has a QAM tuner:

  • Search online by make/model of your TV or check the owner’s manual for model
  • If your TV remote has the (.) or (-) symbol button for easy tuning or displays channels such as 5.2 or 5-2, your TV likely has a QAM tuner.
  • Televisions that, depending on model, may be missing the QAM tuner:
    • Apex
    • Dynex
    • Element
    • Haier
    • Seiki
    • Sylvania

If your television does not have a QAM tuner, you can update your television or purchase a digital conversion box. Make sure the conversion box has a QAM tuner. Most tuner boxes available at electronic stores from over-the-air digital TV transition do not include QAM so make sure it lists ATSC/Clear QAM, or NTSC/QAM.


Channel Lineup – Residence Halls and Apartments

Channel Lineup for Residence Halls and Apartments
Channel NumberChannel/Service     
7-1KBOI HD (CBS)
7-2KIVI HD (ABC)
7-3KTVB HD (NBC)
8-2PBS PLUS HD
8-3KNIN HD
9-1KTRV HD
9-2ESPN HD
9-3USA HD
10-124/7 NEWS - KTVB
10-2HEADLINE NEWS
10-3JUSTICE
10-4MUNDO FOX
10-5AZTECA
10-6MeTV
10-7LOCAL ACCESS
10-8CSPAN
10-9CSPAN 2
10-10HSN
11-1UNTAMED SPORTS
11-2TruTV
11-3THE WEATHER CHANNEL
11-4TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
11-5LIVE WELL NETWORK
11-6GetTV
11-7TELEMUNDO
11-8TVCTV
11-9DAYSTAR
12-1HEARTLAND
12-2KAID LEARN
12-3KAID WORLD
12-4KAID KIDS
12-5BSU EDUCATIONAL
12-6QVC
12-7SHOP HQ
12-8E!
12-9TV ONE
13-1LIFETIME HD
13-2CNBC HD
14-1ESPN 2 HD
14-2FOOD HD
14-3HGTV HD
15-1FOX SPORTS 1 HD
15-2FXX HD
15-3FOX NEWS HD
16-1TNT HD
16-2TBS HD
16-3ABC FAMILY HD
17-1SyFy HD
17-2FX HD
17-3ANIMAL PLANET HD
23-1KYUU - CW HD
23-2ROOT SPORTS NW HD
24-1TLC HD
24-2DISCOVERY CHANNEL HD
24-3HISTORY CHANNEL HD
25-1VELOCITY HD
25-2NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HD
25-3DISNEY CHANNEL HD
26-1A&E HD
26-2HALLMARK HD
27-1CARTOON HD
27-2CNN HD
27-3MSNBC HD
28-1SPROUT HD
28-2AMC HD
29-1ESPN U
29-2NBC SPORTS HD
29-3CBS SPORTS HD
30-1GOLFHD
30-2TRAVEL HD
31-1BYU
31-2EWTN
31-3TBN
31-4INSP
32-1PBS - KAID HD
32-2BRAVO HD