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Cable will only get up to 26 channels

For some reason i can only access 26 channels we have cable and the other channels are just blue screen. with the number . whats the problem.

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Re: cable will only get up to 26 channels

Go into the setup menu for the tuner and make sure it is set for the right type of cable and initiate the channel auto search function. Try all the possibilities.

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