Television/Online Media Options at UVA
Legacy UVA Cable TV Service Retirement
In order to aid former customers of the legacy UVA Cable TV service in selecting a replacement service, ITS is able to demonstrate the services and devices listed below for those who are interested. To arrange a demonstration, please email us.
Legacy UVA Cable TV Service Retirement
ITS retired the legacy UVA Cable TV service on June 30, 2017. This 20-year-old, for-fee service, delivered basic Comcast cable in Standard Definition in certain UVA buildings. The service and its infrastructure have become obsolete and are no longer sustainable.
The service was originally funded by UVA Housing and Residence Life. In fall 2016, they discontinued participation in all residence areas as online streaming media options became the clear preference among students for television/media consumption.
Available Replacement Services
Several alternative options exist for obtaining access to "Live" Cable TV content:
Access Charlottesville broadcast live TV channels — Free
UVA Housing and Residence Life has funded a new, ITS-managed, IPTV service . This service provides web browser-based access to several local broadcast live TV channels and is available via on-Grounds wired and wireless network connections. The service is provided and supported for the benefit of students in UVA residence halls, but may be accessed by faculty and staff in an unsupported manner. For more information, including channel listing, please see the service Frequently Asked Questions.
Commercial Online Services
Access broadcast and traditional Cable TV channels — Subscription Fees Apply
Commercial online services are available which offer channel selections similar to the legacy UVA Cable TV channel lineup and offer features such as High Definition, interactive guides, and more that are traditionally associated with modern residential Cable TV and Satellite TV services. While ITS does not endorse nor provide support for any of these services, nor is what is below an exhaustive list, these may be a good fit for gaining access to similar content over the UVA network:
- DirectTV Now
Packages/Channels: http://cdn.directv.com/content/dam/dtv/gmott/html/compare-packages-account.html Supported Devices: https://help.directvnow.com/hc/en-us/articles/212447843
- PlayStation Vue
Supported Devices: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/faq/
- Sling TV
Supported Devices: https://www.sling.com/devices
Check out the TV Lineup Comparison for a comparison of the channels offered on the legacy UVA Cable TV service vs. the above services.
* This CNET article comparing the channel offerings of the above services may be useful.
Use of Streaming Media Devices at UVA
These commercial online services and others support viewing from a wide variety of devices: PCs and Macs, iOS and Android devices, Smart TVs as well as various "set top" boxes (e.g., Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, etc). Not all services are compatible with all devices and special consideration must be made when using "set top" box devices on UVA's networks.
- ITS recommends use of a wired Ethernet connection instead of a WiFi connection wherever possible.
- Devices that use WiFi Direct, especially for streaming audio or video, may interfere with the UVA WiFi network and should not be used or have the feature disabled.
ITS has tested several popular devices and found the following:
|Amazon Fire TV
|Software 5.2.4||WiFi Direct, called "WiFi sharing" is not enabled by default.|
|Software 10.1.1||Does not use WiFi Direct.|
|Roku 3||Software 7.5.0||Uses WiFi Direct to communicate with the included enhanced remote. WiFi Direct can be disabled if an IR-based Roku Standard Remote is purchased/used.|
Replacement Service/Device Demonstrations
In order to aid former customers of the legacy UVA Cable TV service in selecting a replacement service, ITS is able to demonstrate the services and devices listed above for those who are interested. To arrange a demonstration, please email us.