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Hitatchi 42HDF52 only receives channel 5 and 6 on analog RF input

My Hitatchi 42HDF52 only will receive channel 5&6 using the analog RF input. This is being connected to cable TV. The same cable that was on the Hitachi was connected to a CRT TV, and all of the cable channels can be viewed. I tried to scan for channels on CATV and AIR. Secondly, I cannot receive any digital channels using the digital RF input. Scanning for channels in DTV mode results in 0 channels. I have tried with the cable from the wall as well as an OTA antenna. I hooked up a VCR to check to see if anything can be seen, and the VCR worked with no problems on channel 2 and 3. So far, I cannot use this TV as I cannot get any signal to work.

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  • mwcondon Jan 29, 2009

    The vcr was hooked up via coax and worked no problem. I could believe there is a tuner issue, but the digital and analog tuner are separate on this TV.

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If you have tried autoprogramming and have found nothing it may be a bad tuner. Is your VCR is hooked up via coax or into a video input? If it is hooked up via video and is working but the coax connection direct isnt it will be a bad TV tuner. Easiest cheapest fix is to use you VCR to change channels or get a Digital Cable Terminal from you cable provider and hook it into video or compnent.

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