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As part of the on-campus housing accommodations, North Central College provides digital cable television service to all residence hall rooms at no additional cost.   NCC’s cable television vendor, Wide Open West (WOW!), provides Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) Digital Cable Service (broadcast in Clear QAM).


Television Specifications:
Please verify that your television meets the requirements below to receive SD/HD Digital Service form WOW!

  • Television must be equipped with a digital QAM tuner
  • Analog televisions and other devices that do not have a digital QAM tuner will not work without the use of a digital converter box that supports Clear QAM. NTSC, ATSC or HDTV tuners are NOT compatible with NCC’s digital cable.
  • You will need to bring a standard coaxial cable (we suggest at least 10’ length)


How to check if your television has an internal digital QAM tuner

  • Most TVs sold after 2007 have an internal digital QAM tuner. However, there is no FCC requirement to include QAM tuners in new televisions. Some very inexpensive manufacturers such as Dynex, Insignia, Westinghouse and Sylvania, may not include a QAM tuner or may come with a low quality QAM tuner that will be unable to receive some channels.
  • Check the “Antennas and Tuners” information in the “Specifications” section of your TV’s owner’s manual. 
  • Check your television model’s specifications on the manufacturer’s website.