Yale Cable Television Service FAQ
ESPN, MTV and many other cable channels are available only in the Expanded Basic package. Including these and other cable channels into the Basic package was rejected because the price of these services would have excessively raised the cost that residents pay.
As a public service, Comcast provides a number of channels that the University may use to broadcast its own instructional and research programming including Yale special event coverage within the property of the University. YTV, a student run channel currently broadcasts on channel 24, along with Research Channel on channel 14, and the Yale Center for Language Study on channels 5 & 8.
The system can interface,without a cable box, to any "cable ready" television. Note that you will need a standard coaxial cable to connect your television to the cable outlet.
Your set top box won't provide you access to the Expanded Basic service. The system at Yale uses a technology called "interdiction" which blocks delivery of the additional channels to the room or suite.
Yes, the system uses industry standard connectors, splitters, and cables. However, low quality components will introduce "noise" which will deteriorate your reception and perhaps the reception of our neighbors.
There are safety factors to be considered when running cable. Generally, running additional drops across a room is to be discouraged. In recognition of these issues in suites that are already wired with multiple cable outlets, those drops will be "bridged" and considered a single service for Basic and Expanded Basic (but not Premium or Pay-Per-View).
Troubles with the cable television in your suite or room should be reported to Yale Repair at 203-432-4700. If you do not receive a timely response to your repair call, have unresolved billing issues or service questions, please call the ITS Help Desk at 203.432.9000.
The system is analog, not digital. However, the system can be modified to support digital television as the cable industry develops unified technical standards and as the University determines the need for digital transmission.