Set Top Boxes

CougarVISION is available on your television and your computer

CougarVISION is a service designed to provide television programming over the Student Housing & Residential Life data network in Cougar Village and Cougar Place. CougarVISION offers local, national, and University of Houston’s own Student Video Network.

Please note that CougarVISION is only available from Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, and Cougar Place on your room’s wired Ethernet connection.

All equipment issued with the Stingray II or Amino set top box must be returned with the unit at the end of the rental period, usually December or May.  Failure to do so will incur the replacement costs of up to the full price of the unit ($200 to $650).



System requirements & set up

  • Television with HDMI, component, or composite video inputs, along with the appropriate cables if not using composite video
  • Set top box rented for the semester-or year-from the Tech Commons Desk in the basement of M.D. Anderson Library
  • Ethernet cord

Haivision Stingray II units

Stingray 2 ConnectionsThe Ethernet cord from the wall connection should go into the jack marked Primary on the back of the Stingray set top box.  Depending on how you wish to hook up your television, connect the video to either the HDMI, Component, or Composite video connections; connect the audio from the television to the Audio L+R jacks.  The SPDIF audio cannot be used at this time.  Composite Video and Audio cables come with the unit, along with a remote control and power supply as shown below.
Stingray 2 Remote Stingray 2 Accessories

Turn on your television and change to the appropriate input that you used to connect the Stingray set top box; turn on the Stingray set top box with the remote provided with it.  After it completes setting up you should see a channel guide listing all available channels; you should see a screen like this.  If not simply, press the Guide button on the remote, scroll down through the list of channels and press OK on the remote when you find one you like.


Stingray II Guide

Amino A140 Units

Amino A140 Connections

The Ethernet cord from the wall connection should go into the Ethernet jack on the back of the Amino set top box.  Depending on how you wish to hook up your television, connect the video to either the HDMI. Component, or Composite video connections; a dongle adapter that includes Component, Composite and Audio comes with the unit.  Use care when inserting the provided cable into the Composite/Component/S-Video Out connection.  Do not force it.  It is very easy to break or bend the small pins on the plug.

Amino A140 Components

Turn on your television and change to the appropriate input that you used to connect the Amino set top box; turn on the Amino set top box with the remote provided with it.  There is no guide program associated with this unit at this time but you may wish to go to www.zap2it.com and view the TV Listings there.  Use the Zip Code 77004 and there will be a channel guide associated with the University of Houston cable system.