Penn Video Network

Penn Video Network (PVN) is everything campus television at the University of Pennsylvania.

PVN is now all-digital!

What's PVN?

Available in over 80 locations, with over 70 digital channels (new in August 2015!), PVN is the campus television service for all College House and Sansom Place residents, many GreekNet houses, and several administrative and class buildings on campus. There is no additional charge for PVN CATV service for on-campus residential users. Administrative users, go here to view our current rates.

View PVN's all-digital channel lineup here.


Beginning in August 2015, PVN television is a plug-and-play all-digital service. To receive the PVN lineup, your TV or tuner must have ClearQAM capability. (What's QAM?) Most TVs manufactured post-2009 have ClearQAM tuners, but if your TV does not have a ClearQAM tuner, you may need a ClearQAM tuner box. We've successfully tested a ClearQAM tuner box from Pico Digital, available for separate purchase on our channel lineup page.

Basic Set-up Steps

  1. 1.) Connect a standard F-type RG6 coaxial cable - available from your College House computer lab - from your PennNet wallplate to your TV.
  2. 2.) Run your TV's Channel Scan or Autoprogram function. Make sure your TV is set to CABLE or STANDARD/STD, and that you have QAM or DIGITAL search enabled (this is sometimes an extra step).
  3. 3.) Let the Channel Scan finish. Once it's finished, you should be good to go!

If your TV is not receiving PVN's digital signal, check out some of our troubleshooting tips.

More than "just TV"

PVN is much more than just what comes out of your cable TV jack. In addition to the basic cable lineup, we program a 24-hour Movie Channel (channel 72-1), which runs the latest blockbusters, as well as classic and independent films, and many curriculum support films: 25-40% of the titles we air are related to academic classes and Penn events. We also offer an on-demand movie streaming service, called Resident Select.

We also operate the Video Bulletin Board (channel 71-1), which is available at no charge to faculty, staff, and student groups, for promoting classes, events, and other announcements. Then there's the Penn Special Events channel (channel 74-1), dedicated to university-specific programming throughout the year.

We invite all students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of what we offer, by requesting movies, submitting announcements, or arranging for a special video event. We're here to serve you!


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