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C34w23 cannot pick up DTV

I can only pick up analog stations and cannot pick up the digital broadcasts off my cable system using the Zenith c34w23 HDTV. Using the same connection I can pick up analog, digital broadcasts and ABC, NBC & CBS in HDTV with my Samsung HDTV. Both are supposed to have built in ATSC tuners but on the Samsung will pick up the digital side. Why would one be able to pick it up and not the other, unless the tuner is actually bad.

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