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Current TV's that allow manual channel programming

by dziadz1 / November 20, 2013 11:38 PM PST

I live in an area where OTA channels are 180 degrees apart. My current tv (Samsung) won't allow manual programming of channels. Each time I want to watch a channel after rotating my antenna, I must auto program the tv.
Are there any late model tvs that allow channels to be programmed manually? I'm looking for an LED, 1080p, 120hz (minimum), smart tv. Any help would be appreciated.

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Sadly
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2013 11:50 PM PST

I know of no list of that feature. The problem is made worse by the possible 999 channels and then the subchannels.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_channel

I've seen the HDTVs flail about trying to support different GUIs to handle all this and I can't say it's all that good.

Samsung decided to just scan and if the signal can't be locked onto, then to not add it. This has upset a lot of folk.
Bob

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viable alternative?
by dziadz1 / November 21, 2013 6:07 AM PST
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Thanks for the clarification. I'm not that familiar with the DTV technology to be conversant. But, maybe in the auto program menu, they could have an option to maintain the current scan and add any new signals it detects. Maybe that would work? Even if there were conflicts, give the user the option to keep or replace the old channel. Seems like a simple code change (sorry, old IT guy here). Well, regardless, it looks like I'm SOL, if every brand has the same issue.
Thanks again.

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And you see why folk are demanding this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2013 6:15 AM PST
In reply to: viable alternative?

Folk know there's code behind the TV's now but it's a monster of a company that has "other priorities." Let me pick on Samsung's PIA feature for a second.

-> http://www.samsungadhub.com/pr/capabilities/smarttv/smarttv.do

You can imagine their staff is more likely directed by courting the studios and broadcasters than the consumers of the product.

Which means we have to head to the store to test drive the unit that we think we want.
Bob

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Maybe no smart tv for me
by dziadz1 / November 21, 2013 10:00 PM PST

Thanks for opening my eyes to this (personal opinion) intrusion into my life. I seriously must reconsider my interest in a smart tv. As a male, techie stuff is intriguing. However, I don't think I can justify spending a buck or two for letting someone bring another form of advertising into my living room. I think I'm perfectly happy with my laptop and ipad sitting next to my laz-y-boy.
Tom

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You stole my line.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2013 10:50 PM PST

I've written before that I will not pay one dime (you went up to a buck!) for the Smart TV feature. Many are riddled with something like PIA. And I do find it humorous they used that acronym which is too close and for me means the same as PITA.

If I opened any eyes, then it only gets worse as LG seems to have been caught snooping on us. Here's the link.
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5520585.html?tag=posts;msg5520577

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/11/lg-smart-tv-snooping-extends-to-home-networks-second-blogger-says/

For me, this is way over the line.
Bob

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