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Television Setup

All rooms in Broadway, Epler, Ondine, and Blumel Hall have a single CATV outlet for cable television. Therefore, it is advisable that residents coordinate with their roommate(s) regarding the use of a television/VCR on campus. Residents who choose to bring televisions to campus should bring sets or VCRs that are cable-ready.

It is the responsibility of the residents to provide their own televisions and coaxial cables (used to connect their equipment to the wall CATV outlet). Coaxial cables are available for purchase at most electronics stores.

Setting Up Your Cable Television

The following configurations are based on typical television/VCR electronics. For specific information regarding the proper connection and operation of your equipment, please consult your manufacturer or user's manual.

Please note that several rooms in Ondine do not have a wall outlet but do have a coaxial cable provided in the room. In those rooms, you should simply connect that coax cable directly to your TV or VCR.

Configuration 1: Television Only


  1. Connect the coaxial cable to the cable outlet.
  2. Connect the other end to the “Cable In’ port on the back of your TV.

Configuration 2: Television and VCR


  1. Connect the coaxial cable to the cable outlet on the wall.
  2. Connect the other end to the “Cable/TV/Antenna In” port on the back of your VCR.
  3. Connect one end of the second coaxial cable to the “TV Out” port on the back of your VCR.
  4. Connect the other end to the "Cable In" port on the back of your TV.

After connecting your TV and/or VCR to PSU’s system:

  • Make sure your TV or VCR is set for CATV
  • Make sure your system is set up to receive analog (and not digital) input
  • Use the auto channel/program feature on your TV or VCR to tune in and store all available channels

Further Resources

If you are not receiving a picture, or the reception is bad...

  1. Make sure all cables/wires are attached securely (see setup diagram).
  2. Make sure that you have used the auto channel/program feature to tune in and store all available channels.
  3. Try powering off any components that you have connected to your TV (including your VCR, video games, stereo, etc.).
  4. Check to see if there is a button on your TV that configures your TV for different modes (CATV or OFF AIR/ANT). If so, it should be set to CATV (or CABLE) mode. Some TVs have a three position switch: STD, IRC, and HRC. The switch should be in the STD position.
  5. Try disconnecting any components that you have connected to your TV, then plug the cable from the wall outlet directly to the TV. If that fixed the problem, you may have a problem with one of your components (VCR, video games, stereo, etc.).
  6. If the problem is still not resolved, there may be a problem with your coaxial cable. Try using another one. If that did not fix the problem and your neighbor has a television, try connecting their set to your outlet to determine whether or not your outlet is functioning.
  7. Ask some of your neighbors if their TV sets are working.
  8. Try looking through your owner's manual. If you don't have it, you may be able to find a copy on the web for your TV model.
  9. Ask some of your neighbors if their TV sets are working. If their sets are working and you've checked the steps above, please create a work order through the University Housing website to report a problem with your cable television outlet (jack). Please note that PSU cannot help you configure your television or VCR.

Note: If you are only receiving channels 2-13 clearly, your outlet and connections are fine. Your TV is either not configured correctly for cable or is not cable-ready.

For help setting up your TV, contact Telecommunication Systems.