Scanning Channels on your TV

After hooking up the coax cable, your TV still won’t work! You may receive the analog channels (anything under 36), but a channel scan is required to pick up the digital channels.

The channel scan process is simple, but varies between manufacturer and model.

  1. First, ensure that the TV is in Cable mode, instead of Air or Antenna (these modes are for “bunny ears,” not cable TV).
  2. Some TVs will ask what kind of cable channel scan you want to do. Choose Cable STD (Cable Standard) if given the option – do no select HRC or IRC.
  3. If prompted, choose to scan for analog and digital channels.
  4. The channel scan will take approximately 5-30 minutes, depending on the TV.
  5. After the scan completes, you should see the lower quality analog channels (35 and under), and the high-quality HD channels (36.1 and up).

Here’s an example of how to scan channels on an LG TV. To find more information on your specific model, simply Google search “your-model” channel scan.


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Last modified: June 27, 2017