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No surround sound when watching cable tv programs.

When I am watching cable tv and go through the surround sound system, it does not play surround. If I watch a dvd movie it does work. I can not find my manual to see if I am doing something wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: No surround sound when watching cable tv programs.

Looks like cable is not sending the full whack of audio data only Stereo. Or if they are then the set top box{is that how it works in the States?] has a fault. Check out the cable co support team.

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