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Series 5 540 set 40 inch I can not get the set to receive digital when receiving from an antena.When the source is cable it tuns to either digital or analog.With antena only analog which is not HD so very bad.We are quite close to Mount Seymore in North Vancouver wich is where all the TV station Antenas are.

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  • micaelaw Feb 09, 2010

    Hardrocko Thanks for advice but still can't receve HD via the antena.Issue seems to be that the set ieSamsung LN40B540p8g wont receive digital from antena.When I go to set up function for antena reception it starts searching channels with out asking if digital or analog.If I am setting up for cable it asks what kind of digital and analog service is coming in.Is the set missing some soft ware ? Cheers

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Hi,

Your problem dated 8th Feb 10 was re-posted today. If it has been already resolved, kindly ignore this message.

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Well, I did some research before committing to answering this question. According to what I was able to find, there are only 15 stations in Canada that are currently broadcasting an ATSC signal. In Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), has set August 31, 2011 as the date that free-the-air analog TV transmission service will cease in most parts of the country, with new regulations requiring broadcasters to switch to free-to-air Digital TV (ATSC). So, my point is, are you sure there is a genuine ATSC (digital) over-the-air signal available in your area? Also, here in the U.S. millions of Americans have become very dissatisfied with the new digital signal because unlike analog, you can't easily pick it up using an indoor antenna unless you're very close to the source of the signal and there are no geographical or man-made obstructions between you and source. All of the TV manufacturers here in the U.S. have taken millions of calls collectively since June from customers complaining that their new digital TV isn't picking up any local channels using the $50 indoor antenna they just purchased. We have a website here called antennaweb.org where people can go and plug in their address and see what the digital coverage is like in their area. Unlike analog, digital doesn't travel nearly as far and it doesn't penetrate buildings and structures very well at all. With analog, a person could watch TV in the basement using an antenna. With digital, if you're using a set-top antenna, you can forget it. People inside of an office building with no window in the room a TV is set up in trying to use an antenna? Forget about it. I take these calls everyday, so I'm not giving you my opinion. I'm not saying you don't have digital in your area, but you need to cognizant of the type and strength of antenna you're using (outdoor, roof mounted antennas are the best) and how far away the nearest digital broadcast is. I hope I've provided you useful assistance and that this information allows you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed from here. Please be sure to vote on my response. I hope I've earned a good rating from you today! Please post a comment if you need additional assistance so that I can help you further.

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There should be a signal strength meter in the menu probably under the setup menu. Check to be sure that the unit is set to either antenna or off air not cable. The frequencies are different and if it is on cable you will not get the channels you want. Also as I said look at the signal strength of the signals, Just because the transmitters are near you does not mean you have a good signal. Many things affect signal strength including an unobstructed line of sight from transmitter to receiver. Also how far from the antenna are you and do you have an outfdoor antenna with some gain? For best reception you should have an antenna on a rotor about 30 feet off the ground to establish a good ground plane. My personal favorite is the largest antenna made by Channel Master. It has about 30db of gain with no external amplification. Then I would add at least another 30db of amplification with an amplifier which has the front end at the antenna. Next do not split the signal unless using a very good no loss electronic splitter. All this will cost about $300 but you should then have a great picture. Anything less may work but will be a compromise. One thing which will not work is any splitter which cannot pass at least 1 ghz bandwith. www.mcmelectronics.com has everything you would need at a good price. Let me know if you have any questions or need more help.

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    Kim Yearick Feb 10, 2010

    Now you have me confused. I've been doing this for about 50 years so I've seen alot of changes. I have never seen a TV you had to tell what kind of digital or analog your were receiving. It should automatically search for any and all channels available in your area irregardless of what format they are if it can receive it. Is it missing some software? Either that or your tuner is defective. From what you have not said I assume that you believe that your antenna and associated hardware is fine. I tried to convey to you in my last post that the new digital signals are at a much higher frequency and require new equipment to operate off an old antenna. If you have not upgraded that could be your problem. Think about what I said and get back to me.



    hardrocko

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    Kim Yearick Feb 10, 2010

    Reread your post and wanted to add that any TV Samsung included that I have ever worked on will automatically scan the analog channels first then the digital and they do not ask you which you want. Let me know how you make out.



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    Kim Yearick Aug 20, 2010

    You should either get a choice when you go to tune the set or the unit will search both digital and analog signals. Any set made in the last 8 years legally must be able to do this. Go over the wiring again. There may be more than one input. Some sets have separate analog and digital inputs or an input which does both plus separate. Make sure all the wiring to the antenna is correct and has no shorts or any devices in the system which pass less than 1 ghz frequencies. Let me know how you make out.



    Thanks for using FixYa and for the great rating.



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