How to Scan for Channels on Samsung TV [Antenna or Cable]

Are you looking to scan for channels on any Samsung TV to access TV antenna or set-top box channels? If so, you have come to the right place, as today we have provided the steps.

Now, of course, if you have a Samsung Smart TV, you would be able to easily make use of the internet-based streaming services.

Although you can use internet-based streaming services with Samsung TV and choose between free streaming apps via Samsung Plus or connecting devices like Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku Streaming Stick, there are many instances when we wish to watch cable TV or antenna channels connected to our TV, which of course run without Internet. Read on to check out the steps by which you can achieve this.

How to Connect a Cable or Antenna to 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.

If you have not connected an antenna or cable to your TV yet, you need to do it first, then scan for channels. Here are the steps to do so:

Step 1: First of all, attach a coax cable to the antenna or box.

Step 2: Insert the other end of the cable into the ANT-IN port on your Samsung TV.

Step 3: Next, change the source on your Samsung TV to TV. To do so, follow next steps.

Step 4: On the remote control, press the Source key, then select the source labeled TV. Or look for Source page in TV homescreen.

Step 5: For some TV models, you need to press the Home button, navigate to Menu (its on the left side on my Samsung TV), and then choose Connected Devices. Finally, you need to select the source your Samsung TV is connected to.

You can access Menu in the bottom on some Samsung TVs.

After connecting a cable or antenna to your Samsung TV, you might be wondering how you can scan for channels. Worry not; read on to check them out.

How to Scan for Channels on Samsung Smart TV [New TV Models]

If you have a Samsung TV for 2017 and above, here’s how you can scan for channels on it:

Step 1: On the remote control, press the Home button.

Step 2: Open All Settings, then navigate to Broadcasting > Auto Tuning.

Step 3: On the “Press Start to search for and save channels” prompt, select Start. Note that starting this process will erase your current list and replace it with an updated list.

Step 4: Choose Both to scan both Air and Cable channels. Or you can select based on your connection.

How to Scan for Channels on Samsung Smart TV [Old Models]

The steps to scan for channels on Samsung TVs between 2014 and 2016 models are similar to the previous ones. Only the Settings are accessed different. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: On the remote, tap the Menu or Settings key.

Step 2: Under Settings page, choose Broadcasting or Channels in the menu that appears.

Step 3: Select Auto Program. And then in the pop-up page select Start.

Step 4: You can choose Both when it ask to select Signal medium. Air for Antenna and Cable for Cable box.

It can take few minutes. Wait for the process to complete and then you can access all available channels.

How to Scan for Channels in Non-Smart Samsung TVs

If you have a Samsung non-smart TV that doesn’t connect to the internet, which includes 2014 or previous models, follow the below steps to scan for channels.

Step 1: On the remote control, press the Menu button.

Step 2: Select Channel in the menu that appears. (Some TV models may have Broadcasting instead of Channel; tap on it.)

Step 3: Next, choose Auto Program or Auto-Tune.

Step 4: Finally, it will ask you whether you want to scan for “Air” or “Cable.” Select Air to scan for antenna channels.

Wait for the search to complete and then you will be able to access all available channels.

How to get free Channels with Samsung TV Plus

If you have a Samsung Smart TV from last few years, In addition to cable or antenna channels, you can also get free TV channel using Samsung TV Plus.

For the unaware, Samsung TV Plus is a complimentary service on all newer Samsung smart TVs which let users stream channels over the internet directly to your Samsung TV for free. Here’s how you can access it:

Step 1: On the remote control, press the Home button.

Step 2: Select Samsung TV Plus. And then choose from available channels to watch your favorite program.

And this is how you can scan for channels on your Samsung TV if you have a TV Antenna or a cable box connected directly to your TV. You will also have to note that the number of channels are different by regions.

I hope you found this guide helpful. Let us know your experience in the comments below. Also, feel free to leave your queries or questions related to Samsung TV.

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  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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