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No HD My built in tuner for HD dose not pick up the signal on the DTV setting every thing is set and hooked up correctly still dose not work? Can any one Help me with this or is the built in ant. defective?

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Your TV has a built in tuner but NOT a built in antenna. Depending on where you live (distance from broadcasters) you will need to add anywhere from rabbit ears (with the UHF loop) to an antenna on the roof or mast.

If your home already has an antenna installed, connect the coaxial cable to the back of your TV. Then go to "Set-up" and scan for DIGITAL channels. If you are trying rabbit ears, do the same.

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