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Cannot watch channels past 13

For some strange reason, one morning the screen just went blue. We have a coax connected to the cable input, and now, after scanning for channels, it only finds channels up to 13, nothing past that, even if I go directly to channels above 13, the screen goes blue again, with no sound. Any ideas?? I tried connecting the cable to a different TV and it is fine (goes up to channel 107). Thanks! I'm going nuts here...

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    can't program past channel 13 what can i do?

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Your tuner settings must be set on broadcast instead of cable. Below channel 13, they use the same frequencies so it doesn't matter. Find the tuner settings page in the menus and change the cable/air setting.

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