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Cable TV (Cardinal Cable)

Information Technology Services is Stanford's cable television service provider. Called Cardinal Cable, the service offers entertainment, sports, news, cultural programming, and educational channels.

Overview

Stanford offers Cable TV service for student, faculty, and staff residences as well as classrooms and conference rooms.

For classrooms and conference rooms

Used by university departments in classrooms and conference rooms, Basic Cable TV provides access to educational and news channels.

For student residence halls and on-campus apartments

There are four kinds of service available in the residences:

  • Courtesy Room Service provides a base level of service free-of-charge in all student rooms.
  • Courtesy Lounge Service provides an enhanced base level of free service in residence lounges.
  • Deluxe Lounge Service provides an all digital lineup with over 80 HD channels, a HD/DVR cable TV box included at no extra charge*, and is available by subscription only.
  • Basic Service provides an all digital lineup with over 80 HD channels, a HD/DVR cable TV box included at no extra charge*, and is available by subscription only.
  • Premium Service provides an all digital lineup with nearly 100 HD channels, a HD/DVR cable TV box included at no extra charge*, and additional programming such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Encore. Available by subscription only.

If you and your roommate(s) choose to subscribe to cable TV service, you must subscribe through the university. The local cable TV companies do not provide service at Stanford. Service is charged monthly to your University bill.

* When disconnecting your cable TV service, you must return your digital cable box or you will be charged a $449.95 fee for the unreturned box. Return your cable box to:

  • Forsythe Hall, 275 Panama St. Room 135, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12:30 – 1 p.m.) [map]
  • Your housing front desk

For faculty and staff residences

  • Basic Service provides an all digital lineup with over 80 HD channels, a HD/DVR cable TV box included at no extra charge*, and is available by subscription only.
  • Premium Service provides an all digital lineup with over 80 HD channels, a HD/DVR cable TV box included at no extra charge*, and additional programming such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Encore. Available by subscription only.

* When disconnecting your cable TV service, you must return your digital cable box or you will be charged a $449.95 fee for the unreturned box. Return your cable box to:

  • Forsythe Hall, 275 Panama St. Room 135, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12:30 – 1 p.m.) [map]

Getting started

To order Cardinal Cable TV service:

  • Faculty and staff — To order new service or to make changes to your existing services, dial (650) 725-HELP, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Students — Place your order through My IT Services on Axess.

You can self-install your digital cable box. Cable boxes are available for pickup the day after you submit your order, at:

  • Forsythe Hall, 275 Panama St. Room 135, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12:30 – 1 p.m.) [map]

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Last modified March 17, 2014