Knowing a good procedure for setting up channels on your TV is an important skill to have. It saves you from having to wait on the phone for a technical support representative to walk you through the process and it can help you troubleshoot and resolve many cable TV issues that you may experience at home. Channel scan procedures vary little between TV manufacturers and this general guide can be applied to just about any TV.
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Things you need
- Coaxial cable
Contract with a cable TV provider. To receive any channels on your Panasonic TV, the very first thing you need is active cable TV service. If you do not already have cable TV service installed in your home, contract with a cable TV service provider and have cable TV service installed in your home.
Attach coaxial cable to the television. Locate an active coaxial cable outlet that was set up by your cable TV provider and attach a coaxial cable to the wall plate if there is not one there already. The other end of the coaxial cable should be attached to the coaxial input on your TV. Screw on the coaxial connectors until they are tightened.
Run a channel scan on your TV. This procedure varies slightly from TV to TV, but generally you will press a button labelled "Menu" or "Setup" on your Samsung's remote control. Look for an item called "Auto-program," "Channel scan," "Auto-scan," or the like; sometimes this is found under a "Channel" sub-menu. Run the channel scan, taking time to make sure that your tuner mode is set to "Cable" or "CBL" and not "Air" or "ANT." You should now see all available channels on your television and be able to watch them at your leisure.
Tips and warnings
- You may have opted to use a digital cable set-top box (STB) instead of a single coaxial cable directly connected from your wall outlet to your TV. Typically your cable provider will install these devices for you, but if you have any questions about how to connect the cable through a STB, they are best directed at the technical support department of your cable provider.