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TV Compatibility

Our cable system requires a TV, DVR or digital conversion box with a QAM tuner.

QAM is REQUIRED: QAM is the standard used to encode and transmit digital cable TV channels over coax cable. Many televisions manufactured after 2007 support QAM however, since there is no FCC requirement for QAM support, most inexpensive TV models do not include a QAM tuner. Please refer to the TV's specifications for the existence of a QAM tuner before purchase or campus use. Without a QAM tuner a digital conversion box is required. See Digital Conversion Box Details below.

NTSC tuners are NOT compatible: NTSC was the standard analog television system used in the United States from 1941 to 2009. TV manufacturers still include the ability to tune to this type of system because some cable TV companies continue to provide basic programming in analog.

ATSC tuners are NOT compatible: ATSC tuners are tuners that allow over-the-air reception of digital television (DTV) channels transmitted by local television stations. The FCC required all television manufacturers to include an ATSC tuner in all products since 2007, and required television broadcasters to switch in 2009.

Digital TV Compatibility List
CompatibleNOT Compatible
BrandModel
DynexDX-32E150a11
DynexDX-L26-10A
EmersonLC320EM2F
InsigniaNS-24L120A13
InsigniaNS-32DR310NA17
InsigniaNS-39D310NA17
LG24LF4520
OrionSLED1945
Philips32PFL4907/F7
Samsung 2333HD-l
SamsungLN19A330J1D
SamsungUN19F4000AF
SamsungUN32H5203
SceptreX32
SeikiLE-32GCL-C
TCL Roku TV (The Creative Life)32S3750
Toshiba19AV500U
Toshiba22LV505
Toshiba22LV506
Toshiba32C120U
VIZIOE241i-A1
VIZIOE48-C2
BrandModel
ElementELEFT222
ElementELEFT281
ElementELEFT326
ElementELEFW195
ElementELEFW328
ElementELEFW408
Magnavox15MF050V/17
Magnavox15MF400T/37
PanasonicTC-L32C12
RCALED24G45RQ
RCALED32G30RQD
RCALED40C45RQ
RCALED40HG45RQ
SamsungLT-P266W
SanyoDP19657
SanyoDS192204
SanyoFW24E05T
SeikiSE19HE01
SeikiSE32HY10
SeikiSE32HYT
Sponge BobSB316
Viore LC24VF56PR
WestinghouseDWM32H1G1
WestinghouseDWM40F3G1
WestinghouseEWM24F1Y1
WestinghouseWD24FX1360
WestinghouseWD32HT1360

*Known compatibility list is provided as is and is not comprehensive.

If you are planning to purchase a new TV here is a list of known compatible brands:
  • LG - Most Models made after 2007
  • Samsung - Models made since 2009 and fifth character in the model number must be B or higher
  • SONY - Most Models made after 2007
  • Toshiba - Most Models made after 2007
  • VIZIO - Most recent models
 
Digital Conversion Box
For most home cable TV consumers, inexpensive TV models will work fine. This is because cable TV providers typically provide consumers with a "set top box" and a rental/service fee associated to it.  This is essentially a digital receiver designed to ensure that the signal is processed correctly and sent to your TV with little to no setup on the consumers part.

 Shown below is a fully tested converter box available for purchase through the bookstore. FSA will buy back your converter box at the end of the semester or academic year, provided that all equipment is returned in good working order. Buyback value may vary based on items returned and condition of the unit.

Toner HD Digital Cable TV Settop Converter Box - (available in store at the Fredonia Bookstore)



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