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How to Scan for Channels on any Samsung Smart TV

In the modern and connected world that we live in, a number of services that we use require a good connection to the internet. There are tons of streaming services that you can watch for free or pay for a monthly or yearly subscription. You can watch whatever movie or tv show that you like at your own convenient time. However, there are still free to watch tv channels that you can get access to either via a TV Antenna or maybe even from your personal set-top box or for that matter. Today, we will be taking a look at how you can scan for TV Channels on Samsung TVs.

Now, of course, if you have a Samsung Smart TV, you would be able to easily make use of the internet-based streaming services. You have the option to choose between streaming free apps via Samsung Plus or you connect devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku Streaming Stick, an Apple TV, or even the Google Chromecast. But what if you simply wanted to see and watch channels that are available either via cable or an antenna connected to your TV? Well, today we will be taking a look at how you can scan for channels on your Samsung TV.

How to scan for channels on Samsung TV

Before we look into how to scan for channels on a Samsung TV, you will need to have your connections sorted out. In this case, makes sure that you have connected your Antenna, Cable, or for that matter even a View Card. A view card is a card that has a number of channels that you can pay for which is provided by a TV network provider. Now that you have connected the necessary items, let now scan for channels on a Samsung TV.

  1. First off, power up your Samsung TV and have the TV remote with you.
  2. Now, you need to change the input source for your TV. You can do this by pressing the source button on your TV remote.
  3. Make sure that the input is now set to TV.
  4. You can also change the source by pressing the Menu button and then selecting Source to TV.
  5. Select the Settings option on your TV.
  6. Navigate and select the Broadcasting option, followed by Auto Program. Some other Samsung TVs will display Auto Tuning instead of Auto Program.
    How to scan for channels on Samsung TV
  7. The TV will now display a popup message asking if you wish to start scanning for channels. Select the Start or Auto Program option.
    How to scan for channels on Samsung TV
  8. After selecting Start, you will be asked to choose between cable, air, or both. Select cable if you have a cable connected to your Samsung TV or choose Air if you have the antenna connected to your TV.
    How to scan for channels on Samsung TV
  9. The TV will now begin to scan for channels that are available via the given options.
  10. Once the scanning has been done, the TV will automatically save all channels that have been found.
  11. You can simply switch through or change the channels using the Channel up or channel down buttons.
  12. Now if you arent getting good signals or feel like your TV just found a small number of channels, it would be advisable to adjust and reposition your TV Antenna for the best results.


And this is how you can scan for channels on your Samsung TV if you have a TV Antenna or a cable connected directly to your TV. You will also have to note that the number of channels that you receive in your area will be different from that of your friends or family’s TV channel list in their respective areas. Also, all of the channels that you find through this method are usually free-to-air channels that you would also get for free if you have a cable network connection. Have you recently scanned for channels on your Samsung TV? Let us know your experience in the comments below. Also, feel free to leave your queries or questions related to scanning for channels on a Samsung TV.

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1 thought on “How to Scan for Channels on any Samsung Smart TV”

  1. I use an antenna and everything has been great for years but a week ago l lost half of my menu and the channels, it lists the channel number that’s it, and if l go to one of the channels after a minute it says mode not supported


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