Cable TV Compatibility

All televisions are required to contain a QAM digital tuner to receive channels that are provided by Charter Communications. Older analog televisions are no longer supported or compatible with Southeastern Louisiana University’s cable TV system. Most televisions today are digital/QAM compliant, however less expensive televisions may not be. To find out if your television has a QAM tuner you can visit the tab below for a list of compatible televisions, check your TV’s owner’s manual, or visit the manufacturer’s website.

 We have found that some of the TV’s listed on our website may be missing the QAM tuner due to model type. We have found this issue in televisions such as:

  • Apex
  • Dynex
  • Element
  • Haier
  • Seiki
  • Sylvania
  • Westinghouse


If you are choosing one of these brands, please make sure that the model is equipped with a QAM tuner. Please be advised that less expensive TV’s generally come with a lower quality QAM tuner. Lower quality tuners may not pick up a digital signal, which will make it unable to scan for channels. Some of these brands, even though they may be up to date, may not come with a QAM tuner at all.  We have found this issue to be true on certain models of bargain brands such as Element, Seiki, and Westinghouse.


If you have any more questions or concerns please contact your RA. If further help is needed, feel free to call the Housing office at (985) 549-2118.

How do I know if my TV has ATSC / NTSC QAM tuner capability?

A QAM tuner allows your TV to tune to the Digital or HD cable channels that are being sent by the cable provider.

Most HD TVs that were made after 2006 have a QAM tuner built in, but not all.

  • You can search online by make/model of your TV or reference your TV's owner's manual for specific model information to include what type of tuner is available.

  • Additionally, if your TV remote has the (.) or (-) symbol button for easy tuning or is able to display channels with a (.) or (-) like 5.2 or 5-2 your device may have a QAM tuner.

How do I program my TV to get these channels?

Most QAM tuner TV's have a "Channel Search" or "Auto Program" function that will automatically scan the incoming signals and detect the ones that are available. It may be necessary to do a channel search before your TV will allow you to tune to a specific channel.

1. Go into the TV Menu and select Set Up

2. Look for an option similar to "Channel Search" or "Auto Program" and select

3. The TV will automatically begin searching to identify all available channels

4. After this auto search is completed, there will be 60 or more channels available for viewing (if the TV has an internal QAM tuner). If no channels are available, it is likely the TV does not have a QAM tuner.

NOTE: If you previously watched a program on channel 4, the clear QAM channel may have moved, example to 4.2 (4-2).

Channel Listing 

Experiencing difficulty with your television?

Contact University Housing by phone at 985.549.2118 or email at to report a problem with your cable service.