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I can't find any TV signals but I know they exist in this area

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    Derek Fuller May 11, 2010

    Are you using a decent external antenna? Forget about the little "stick" aerial they provide with the tuner ...they are hopeless.

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Make sure you select the right setup for cable are air signals and the it is setup for atsc this is digital not ntsc which is air and the old standard 4:3 display

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