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suddenly lost a few OTA channels

I have a samsung smart tv but am not using that function. NO cable, a cd/dvd player, an antenna. Today, I reset the channels because the picture was acting up a lot. I use the automatic channel set up and the AIR selection. When it gets to abut 60%, it switches to DTV air. I have no network, but there is no selection available for no network and it is set for Xfinity (why I do not know). I used to always get those channels. In fact 2 of them are sub-channels and I can get the first one.

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Not uncommon to temporarily lose OTA sub-channels

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More common than assumed since most do not peruse those channels.

My strategy? Try to tune them all in manually if possible. If that doesn't fix it, perform a factory reset of all equipment involved and start from scratch, preferably, using manual tuning again to eliminate anything with the auto-scan feature that is not working as it should. YMMV.

If that doesn't work, time to call your local OTA providers to see what's up with their feeds.

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That maybe normal.

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This all depends on your area. If your signal is boarder line, then you could loose these channel/s sometime. If rescan doesn't bring it back then maybe a better antenna. What kind of antenna are you using?

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I had to get a much better antenna.

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This one is behind my TV -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024R4B5C

Yes it's not outdoors but the 48 inch HDTV hid it well enough and more channels than my neighbors so I'm happen with it.

Before I had one of the usual digital antennas and when a channel would fade out I could rotate it a bit to pick it up but that got old fast.

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