When classes resume after Spring Break, a new online cable service called SpectrumU will be available, enabling students to stream live programming from channels such as A&E, CNN, Lifetime, MTV and more on their iOS and Android devices. The service will be offered at no additional cost to students and available to anyone using the HWS-Private WiFi network.
This new service is being offered in response to the surveys, focus groups and pilots conducted by Residential Education to assess what television and cable services students wanted on campus. The results showed that students enjoyed watching programming on portable devices and even though they often used on-demand services to watch programming at their convenience, such as Netflix or Hulu, many were still watching televised programs live.
“We wanted our cable provider to offer new services for our students, not just the standard channels they could watch via their television,” says Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education Brandon Barile, who notes that the service is being launched midyear to give students time to adjust to the platform. As it is also a pilot program, the Colleges will work closely with Spectrum to track usage and offer feedback for additional capabilities and channels.
SpectrumU will also include cable network channels such as AMC, Cartoon Network, news channels, ESPN News, FX, among others. The online service will be offered in addition to the traditional cable service and televisions in residence halls, which will be upgraded to include high-definition quality and premium channels for Fall 2017.
To stream live television, students will need a compatible Android or Apple iOS device to download the SpectrumU app. Residential Education will be tabling in the Scandling Campus Center from March 20-24 to help students download the app and connect to the service. The Help Desk, located on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library and operated by IT Services, also will be able to help students connect their devices and help solve installation issues.