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Unable to manually add channels.

by zox2020 / January 6, 2009 11:17 PM PST

I have a plasma 2008 Samsung PN50A550. I use an ota antenna with rotator due to several transmitters in my area. Channels are missed when memorizing depending on which transmitter the antenna is pointed at, and the PN50A550 does not allow manually adding channels. I do not want to have to memorize channels every time the antenna is rotated. Any suggestions? I'm new to HDTV but I am trying to learn. Would a stand alone HDTV tuner, allowing the manual addition of channels, placed between tv and antenna solve my problem? And would audio and video be degraded compared to what the tv tuner supplies?

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by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / January 13, 2009 4:45 PM PST

I apologize for my late response. I've been in meetings and at iCES and I'm finally catching up. Any followups should be relatively faster. Happy

Page 42 in the manual lists out how to add and delete channels. What you may do is point the antenna at the broadcast tower that is sending the signal and once you get the picture, add the channel in that way.

I'm not sure if a tuner box would do a better job, but it is an option.

Keep me posted.


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Unable to MANUALLY add channels to PN50A400.
by ChrisMartin1977 / January 26, 2009 11:06 PM PST
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MY tv isn't finding channels that come in perfectly on other tvs from the same source, how can I manually force it to program a channel? If autoprogram doesn't get it.

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by ParachuteMender / January 27, 2009 3:02 AM PST

I'm not aware why you cant add a channels manually. In order for this to work, you need to know the ACTUAL on-air channel the digital station is on and since you mentioned a rotor you already know you will need to turn it to receive channels even after you add them based on the direction of the transmitter unless using a multi directional antenna. After you do the scan for the majority, rotate the antenna to the transmitter like you normally would and manually add them to receive the strays. Find a list of television stations in North America here.

Remember to add the channel the digital station is on. For example if you wanted to add Los Angeles KNBC channel 4 you would point the antenna in the direction of their transmitter (unless using a multi directional antenna) and you would input channel 36 in this case on your remote in turn the tv will take me to channel 4. If you tried to input 4 it wouldn't.

Now go to the tvs on screen channel list menu and the channel should NOW be there on the list, save it if its not already saved.

Remember if your not using a multi directional antenna you will not receive a signal unless you point to the transmitter but the channel should still be there. Post back if this helped you as it may help others here.

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