Cable TV

  • 1.  Cable TV

    Posted 04-12-2019 09:24
    We are looking into stopping cable-TV to the residence halls and put those funds into improving bandwidth to the buildings. Has anyone else recently gotten rid of the cable service? If so did you replace it with something else? Was there push back from the students?

    Patrick Savolskis
    SUNY - Purchase College
    Executive Director, Purchase College Association
    Purchase NY
    United States

  • 2.  RE: Cable TV

    Posted 04-15-2019 09:24

    We discontinued providing traditional wired cable service to students last August. In lieu of providing traditional cable, we provide students with access to Philo, which provides 64 channels of live TV and the ability to record programming for later viewing.

    Students can connect to Philo through a web browser, an app on iOS and Android devices, or - if they would like to watch on a regular TV - there is a Philo channel that can be added to a Roku streaming device.

    There has been a cost savings associated with this change and our residents/students did not raise any concerns about this transition. Prior to this change, we asked students if they were using Campus Cable during an assessment of their residential experience and less than 15% reported that they had a TV and were regularly using it to watch cable. 66% indicated they did not even have a TV.

    Howie Glassman
    Director, Housing Services
    New York University | 212.998.4609


  • 3.  RE: Cable TV

    Posted 04-15-2019 09:26

    We cut the cord approx 1 year ago.  We discovered that 40% of the rooms had a TV, and approx 20% of those rooms actually had the coax cable hooked into the TV's.  TV's are primarily used as screens for the streaming of content from services that either the students currently pay for, or they simply borrow their parents login info.  We conducted student surveys and did our own internal audit of services to make sure that we had enough information prior to terminating services for the res-halls.  Our campus has a restaurant style dining venue with approx 12 TV's.  For this location, along with our fitness center location, we partnered with Direct TV.  The cost is minimal compared to what we were paying monthly for a campus wide solution, and gives the students a location where they can gather and watch live events, such as sports, if and when desired.  There was no big push back from what we saw and heard, as our approach was to increase bandwidth, which is something the students were pleased to hear, and ultimately, as current students graduate and new students come on board, there is not expectation for such services to exist.

    Thank you,

    John Overberger
    Rollins College
    Director of Business Services / Purchasing
    Winter Park, FL
    407-646-2112 John

  • 4.  RE: Cable TV

    Posted 04-16-2019 16:30

    We are looking into the same thing.  Please share your responses to the group. 




    Karen B. Swiney

    Director of Auxiliary and Business Services




    Finance and Administration

    P.O. Box 1510    One University Drive

    Pembroke, NC  28372

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