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Southern University Digital Cable System and
Television Compatibility Information

The new Southern University Digital Cable System (StarVision/Philo) requires a television with a cable QAM tuner or a separate digital conversion box.  Televisions that are priced very cheaply may require a digital conversion box.  The external digital converter boxes are not expensive and are well worth the benefits of being able to enjoy 86 digital channels including premium stations such as HBO, Encore, STARZ, and more.

Digital Televisions

You must check the specifications from your television manufacturer to determine if your television includes the required tuner.  It is important to be cautious of televisions that are priced very cheaply, as manufacturers can save production expense by not equipping the television with a cable QAM tuner therefore allowing them to sell the television at a lower price. 

We have compiled the following information about television compatibility, and provide this list as an informal reference for newer devices.  This information is compiled from known reports, and is not intended to be complete.  The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.  You should verify the specifications before making a purchase.

It is important to note that these are just general guidelines.

  • Dynex - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • Element - No models have a QAM tuner
  • Emerson –Most models have a QAM tuner
  • HiSense - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • Hitachi - Most models have a QAM tuner
  • Insignia - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • LG - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Polaroid - Most models have a QAM tuner
  • Proscan - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • RCA - Do not appear to have QAM tuners, some do
  • Samsung - All models since 2009 have a QAM tuner (fifth digit of model number must be B or higher)
  • Sceptre - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • Seiki - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • Sharp - Most models have a QAM tuner
  • Sony - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Sylvania - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • TCL - Most models have a QAM tuner
  • Toshiba - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Vizio - Recent models have a QAM tuner. Low cost Vizio models, appear to not have a tuner
  • Westinghouse - Some models require QAM tuner activation

Digital Conversion Boxes

If your television does not support a cable QAM tuner, you can lease a digital conversion box from DoIT for $30 per semester or purchase one for $50 including Tuner, HDMI or Coax Cable, and pre-programming.  Please call the helpdesk at 225-771-4357 for instructions.

Current Channel Line-up 

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