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Built in tuner not working since digital transition

I use an antena (roof top always picked great analog signals). Since the transition to digital signals I cannot pick channels that have already converted to digital without the help of a converter box. I was told when I purchased this TV in 2007 that it would pick up digital signals when the transition occurs, because it has a built in tuner within. I have read the manual several times and have tried to rescan to pick up the digital channels with no success. Therefore, I connect the converter box and I can get all the digital channels. This stinks because I have to have the converter box connected which means another remote, more wires, and now I will have to purchase another converter box for my old TV I know needed a converter box. I have tried to reach tech support number but it is not available. Any advice is appreciated.

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    TV will not pick up channel signal

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I do not know if you will get this message but if you do. Here goes. The protron PLTV3250 does indeed have a digital tuner that can be used with an over the air antenna. You need to push "source" on the remote until DTV is selected. With this selected and your coaxial cable from your antenna hooked up to the digital connector (not analog) on the back of this tv you can then press Menu and you will see a totally different looking menu that you are probably not used to seeing and then from there you can do an auto scan for the digital channels and it works great. I have rabbit ears hooked up to this Protron PLTV3250 and this has a beautiful picture. Far better than the picture I get from just the standard digital Directv receiver. You do not need a seperate digital tuner box to use with this TV. It does indeed have an ATSC digital tuner and it works great. You probably are selecting Source "TV" in the menu and that is not what you select for this TV to use the Digital Tuner. You need to select DTV from the source menu. Good luck and please let me know if you already knew this or if this helped you. Thanks, Tom

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

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    This Protron PLTV3250 does indeed have a Digital tuner for use with an over the air antenna. You need to select DTV by pushing source on the remote. You are probably pushing source and selecting TV and this is for the analog input. If you select DTV from the source menu you can then press Menu on the remote and you will see a totally different user menu that you are probably not used to seeing. From this menu you can then so a channel scan and set up some different other options. I do not know if you figured this out by now but you certainly do not have to be using a seperate digital converter box with this TV. The digital tuner works great and the picture is beautiful. Please post back if or when you get this message. I hope this helps you. Tom

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Your TV must not have an ATSC tuner which is what you need to pick up over the air TV broadcast, so yes you do need a converter box. Someone lied to you, or most likely didn't really understand the difference between digital and HD-ready TVs: http://www.ezdigitaltv.com/HDTV_vs_HDTV-Ready.html

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Let me guess, you bought the tv at a big box electronic retailer? You were taken, it doesn't have a digital tuner built in, just an analog tuner. They should have told you this but of course you wouldn't have bought the TV. This was a way to sell LCD TVs at a cheaper price. All TV built this year have to have the digital tuner built in. You will have to use the converter box to pick up the digital signal, sorry.

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