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How do I set my PT-44LCX65 up to receive broadcast HDTV signals.

I don't have cable and the local channels are broadcasting in both analog and Digital at the moment. I don't have a problem receiving the analog signals, but what do I need to do to see the Digital broadcast? The manual doesn't address this. For example, local channel 5 is analog, but they also broadcast on channel 17 in Digital. All I get when I go to 17 is snow.

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You should use the auto-program function in the customer menu. It will prompt you to select which antenna input you wish to program and then ask if you are on cable or receiving signals via "air" or "broadcast" mode. Allow the TV to load all the channels. You may notice that the auto program mode may move along quickly during the addition of analog channels and that during the scanning of the digital channels that it may look like nothing is happening. Patience is a virtue here. Wait until it has completely scanned both analog and digital bands and you will recieve both versions of the station's signal. If, for example, you have a local channel 5, the digital version will be 5-1, and so on.

Good luck!

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