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Toshiba T.V. set up

Recently purchased a 32" Toshiba T.V. and used the hardware from my old 27" Toshiba T.V., i.e. cables, Insignia converter box, and the Toshiba VCR/DVD player. Everything works except no PBS stations. All the other stations (35) work fine. All inputs are in use, so there's nowhere to plug in anything else. Suggestions/ instructions are requested. Thanks!

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Clarification Request
Need to know where the PBS stations come from.

One of the new old issues is that the number of stations you get changes from TV to TV. This was noted in the 1950's to present day. Not much has changed. You move the antenna around or you try a better antenna the rescan.

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You don't mention what model of Toshiba 32" TV

it was that you purchased.

Let's assume that you purchased it brand new. If that is the case, the following applies;
1. The TV is a Digital TV
2. Digital TV's do not require the Insignia Digital to Analog converter box
3. A decent HF antenna, even an indoor one, will find all the digital channels in your area.
4. No TV stations in the US transmit using the Analog technique. They are all Digital.

You also do not mention how you get your TV signal. If it is cable, then you will still not need the Insignia box.

If the assumption about your TV being new is incorrect, and you purchased an Analog TV from your nearest Thrift shop, then all bets are off.
Now you will need the Insignia box.

Let us know what you have.

P

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Toshiba T.V. Set Up - additional info

In answer to your instructions, the PBS stations are GPB out of Atlanta, GA. The t.v. is new from Best Buy: Toshiba - 32" Class - LED - 720p - HDTV
Model: 32L220U19SKU: 6172626. I don't have cable. When I first set it up I didn't use the Insignia box and got no picture or sound. Plugging in the box, choosing the antenna setting, all the stations and sound came up - except the public t.v. stations. I got my antenna from Walmart, put it in the window for best results. Please advise if I should try something else. Thank you both very much for the help, R. Proffitt and MrMacFixit.

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In the window.

There's a clue. I find I have to rotate the antenna to find best performance. The window may not be at the right angle.

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That Toshiba

Thanks for the additional information.
As mention by Bob Proffit, the antenna location may not be suitably placed.

That said, you should have received audio and video from other stations without the aid of the Insignia box.
That box is dumbing down your HD TV to an analog one.

Don't take this the wrong way, but go back and read the setup section, which you will find on page 14 and follow the instructions AFTER removing the Insignia device.

Let us know how you get on

P

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Toshiba TV Set-Up: Results

There was no instruction manual w/the new T.V., only a sparse diagram fold out. I did double-check the manual I kept from the Toshiba that was replaced. But mainly, following the instructions to remove the Insignia box and moving the antenna to a new location, the missing stations are back. Again, thank you so much Mr. Macfixit and R. Proffitt - you guys are tops!

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