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How to Retune My TV

There’s nothing more annoying than losing the signal on your TV and not getting the channels that you’re used to. If the normal channels aren’t coming up, then you may need to think about giving your television a retune. In this article, we’re going to talk about why your TV may have lost some channels and how you can retune it without having to call in a professional.

Why Do You Need To Tune Your TV?

When you first get your brand new television, you’re going to connect it to your TV aerial and find the TV channels that you love the most. In order to do this, you’re going to need to tune your TV. This involves making sure that your TV aerial is sending the right signals to your coax cable. In any given location, there will be numerous different transmitters that send different messages to your TV, and the transmission your TV receives depends on the broadcasting you want to get. For you to receive the correct signals on your TV so that you can get the channels you want, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve tuned your TV correctly. 

There is the obvious question: why isn’t every TV on the same frequency, so there’s no need to tune them? This is because if all the transmitters were on the same wavelength, they would get in the way of one another and you would have to deal with interference all the time, which is going to end up being more annoying than having to tune your TV in the first place.

How to Tune Your TV

You’d be surprised how easy it can be to tune your TV when you first get it. When you first plug your TV in and turn it on, you will be shown a menu where one of the options is to tune your TV. All you have to do is decide which broadcast you want to tune your TV to and it will do the rest. While there are issues that can arise from having to do this, generally speaking, it’s not going to be difficult for you to tune your TV for the first time. Let’s break this process down to make it a bit more understandable.

Choose Your Location

If you want to make sure your TV connects to the right TV channels, it’s important to tell your TV what country you are in. For example, if you tell it you are in England, it’s going to set BBC as your number one channel. If you don’t tell the TV which country you are in, it’s going to allocate random numbers to the TV channels you want, which could make them challenging to find.

Choosing the Right Scan

There are three different scan types that you can choose from, which are going to be chosen based on whether you have a satellite dish or an aerial attached to your TV. Most modern TVs are connected to satellite, which there are some TVs that run on cable, but this isn’t too popular these days. Thirdly, there is an air scan, which is the scan you want to choose if your TV is connected to an aerial. 

Choosing the Right Region

You’ve already chosen the country you’re in so your TV can line up your channels correctly. Not all TVs will give you a secondary option, but some will ask you to be a bit more specific with your location and ask for the region within your country. This is going to help you get connected to any regional channels that may be available to you due to where you are based. 

How to Retune Your TV

If you have a feeling that you’re not keeping up with the latest channels and services that are available in your region, we recommend retuning your TV now and then. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may want to do this:

  • Transmitter Adjustments: from time to time, there will be work done on the transmitter itself, which will require you to retune your TV. For example, when they implemented 4G on the network, a lot of people experienced issues with their channel connections. If you’re having trouble getting your usual channels, you may want to think about giving it a retune.

  • Additional Channels: now and then extra channels are added to your connection, and it’s always nice to update your TV tuning so you can make the most of these.

  • Change of Frequency: every so often, your favorite TV channels can move to another broadcasting service. While this isn’t that common, it has been known to happen. If your TV is still connected to the old frequency, then you may not be receiving your usual channels. 

How to Retune Your TV

When it comes to retuning your TV, there are a couple of options. There is manually retuning it and automatically retuning it. Let’s take a look at both so you can choose which one you like the look of the most.

Automatically Retuning Your TV

With automatically retuning your TV, you need to find the tuning settings within the menu. It’s worth noting here that all TVs are going to have a different process of automatic tuning, so you may want to refer to the manual of your TV model if you get stuck. It’s worth it at this point when you located the tuning settings within the menu of your TV to select the option for a first-time installation. This can update all of your channels and services so that you’re getting the latest broadcastings. 

Manually Retuning Your TV

When you manually retune your TV, it’s important that you’re able to recognize the transmitter that your TV aerial is connected to. It’s also important that you know what frequency your TV is tuned to so that you can enter both pieces of information into the TV itself. This is the best way to tune your TV manually. Always refer to the manual of your TV if you feel stuck or confused about any part of the process.

I Don’t Have the Same Channels

If you have retuned your TV and found that some of the channels didn’t make it through that you love, then this could be something to do with your TV aerial. Before you call the company that installed your antenna, there are a couple of things you can do to try and fix this, including turning off all equipment attached to your TV for a few minutes and checking that your coaxial cable is plugged into your aerial correctly.