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Campus Cable TV - Keep, Change, or Cut the Cord?
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About this session:

Many college campuses provide cable TV to students in residence halls, and also to classrooms, student unions, and other university areas. Agreements are often made with local cable companies to provide the channels, and the TV signal is carried over campus-­‐run coaxial cable systems that parallel the campus IP network. However, with the advent of digital television, cable companies and other providers are charging higher prices for programming and hardware, and many campuses are looking for alternatives. In addition, since robust IP networks can carry television signals, many campuses are moving from antiquated coaxial systems to providing television over IP. At the same time, there is a movement of home viewers who are “cutting the CATV cord” and using HD broadcast antennas and streaming services. In this relatively new world of digital TV, streaming programming, and back-­‐to-­‐the-­‐ future antennas, what is the best way to provide TV on campus? What kind of bandwidth is needed to make IPTV viable? Need it be hard-­‐wired, or can it run over WiFi? Should we consider “cutting the cord” altogether? The presenter will describe how their institutions are approaching these questions, and will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with these issues.

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About the presenter:

Susan Brower, Loyola University New Orleans

Susan Brower is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Media
Services at Loyola University New Orleans, where she and her staff
are responsible for presentation technology, media duplication,
clickers, videoconferencing, webconferencing and library computer
support. She has been a member of CCUMC since 1996, and has
served as a conference host, membership chair, and on the Board of
Directors. With regard to cable TV, she was an “access advocate”
way back in the late 70’s in Pittsburgh, was active in the National
Federation of Local Cable Programmers, and in the mid 90’s was a
founding member of the Collective of Campus Cable Operators &
Administrators (COCCOA, now AHECTA). She was recently
motivated (by anger) to jump back into the campus cable world when
Cox Cable required installation and payment for converter boxes on
every TV on Loyola’s campus.