Cable TV

Access to cable television for Morningside residence halls and administrative buildings.

Also known as CATV, Cable, CUtv.

CUIT provides cable TV service (known as CUtv) on the Morningside campus in Columbia undergraduate housing common spaces, academic and administrative buildings. The system can support many video options for academic or administrative departments and can deliver the information to a standard, cable-ready television in a residence hall, administrative office, or classroom.

Columbia Undergraduate Housing

CUtv is provided in the residential areas of certain undergraduate housing locations. Please contact the Hospitality Desk in Hartley Hall for the most up-to-date list of locations. CUtv is not available in individual rooms.

Columbia University Academic and Administrative Buildings Housing

CUIT provides the CUtv channel lineup in the following buildings:

  • Dodge Physical Fitness Center
  • Earl Hall
  • Hamilton
  • Jerome Green
  • Kraft Center
  • Lerner
  • Lewisohn
  • Low Library
  • IAB
  • S.W. Mudd
  • Uris
  • W. C. Warren Hall
  • W. & J. Warren Hall
  • School of Social Work


CUIT provides limited cable service in Barnard Hall, Milbank Hall and Sulzberger Hall.

University Apartment Housing and Other Residences

Students living in University Apartment Housing, 47 Claremont, the Brownstones, Carleton Arms, Fairholm, Harmony Hall, or other buildings where CUtv is not provided should contact the Hospitality Desk in Hartley Hall.


For residents of Lenfest Hall, a subscription CUtv service is available for $115/semester (spring or fall) and $90 for the summer. If you would like to have a field technician visit you to program your TV, a one-time fee of $25 will apply. To subscribe, please fill out our subscription form, and sign, date and submit it to CUIT in a ticket to make a request. You can find your PID number by logging into Student Services Online. Installation and service activation should be complete within 5-10 business days.

  • Cable TV Service - New jack: $568.28 (one time charge)
  • Cable TV Service - Connect on existing jack: $216.50 (one time charge)
  • Network Support Services labor charge - $118.90/hour
  • Cable TV Service - Campus Housing 18.73/month
  • Cable TV Service - Full Programming $33.30/month

Please check that your Cable Ready TV is programmed for cable and not for antenna input. Some TVs have switches on the back, but most use the remote control to access Main Menu Setup Functions.

CUIT can send a technician to your room or building to program your television for cable. For students, your student account will be billed $25 for that service. Administrators will have $25 billed to their department. Please submit a self-service web form to request this service.

If you are still having problems such as partial channel reception, snow or static, contact the CUIT Service Desk by submitting a self-service web form or calling 212-854-1919.

Cable connection TV guides

Connect coaxial cable from the wall outlet to the back of the TV.

  1. Use your original TV remote control and owner's manual. Universal remotes do not often work for the following process. You must get your remote from the manufacturer to avoid other problems.

  2. You may need a coaxial cable to hook your TV to the cable outlet in your room. Coaxial cables are available in any audio/video store and also in many hardware stores.

  3. Connect one end to the round cable outlet in the wall.

  4. Run the other end of the cable to the back of your TV into the RF connection. The plug should be labeled CABLE or RF IN or VHF. Once you have done this, plug in your TV and position it where you want it to be. Turn on the TV.

  5. You may need to set your TV to recognize the cable signal since many TVs are set to receive antenna signals by default. If you have your manual, check to find out exactly how your set is supposed to be programmed. Your manual should be able to give you the best instructions because it will be talking about your specific TV. If you do not have your manual, then use your remote and follow the instructions below. Note: Some TVs detect a cable signal automatically so that all you have to do is plug in the coaxial cable, follow the on-screen prompts, and turn the set on. The TV does the rest.

  6. If you need to change the settings to cable, use your remote control to select the MENU or SETUP button somewhere on your remote.

  7. If you don't have a MENU or SETUP button, try a button that looks promising until you get an option screen. It should allow you to choose between ANTENNA and CABLE. Variations on ANTENNA may include ANT, AIR or NORMAL and CABLE might be labeled CATV.

  8. Change the setting to CABLE by moving a cursor to CABLE or cycling through a list of options until CABLE is visible, then pressing ENTER or EXECUTE.

  9. Make sure CABLE is stored in the TVs memory. To test it, after selecting CABLE, exit completely from the menu by pushing MENU again, then go back into the menu and see if CABLE is still highlighted. If it is, then it was selected properly.

  10. Now that you have your TV set up to receive a cable signal, all that remains is to scan and store your channels. This process stores the channels of our channel lineup into your TV's memory and deletes from memory any unused or inactive channels.

  11. AUTOPROGRAM is usually one of the menu options available after selecting CABLE. Or, there may be a button on your remote which says AUTOPROGRAM, CH.SCAN, or AUTOSCAN, or something similar.

  12. Once you have selected or pressed AUTOPROGRAM, your screen will probably go blank or turn blue, and will begin cycling through the channels. Usually TVs are cable-ready for up to 125 channels, so allow the TV scan to finish without interrupting the process in order to get all of the channels available.


No, set top boxes and DVRs are not offered.

Yes, please see the channel lineup below for details. As of 10/2/18, all channels are high definition (HD) channels and standard definition (SD) channels are no longer offered.