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How to watch local channels on TCL 40" LCD

fivedices5 214 17 January 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I bought the TCL 40" HDTV but I can't watch local channels on it. I don't have cable or satellite; I just want to watch my local channels like CBS, NBC, ABC, etc but the TV said no signal. I tried using a digital converter box and that didn't work. I was told that I don't need the converter box for new TVs bc they have a built-in tuner so I also tried hooking up some rabbit ears directly to the TV and that didn't work. I'm running out of options. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Quote from decolores9 View Post :
Did you:
1. Hook a UHF or VHF/UHF combo antenna to the antenna input. (a VHF only antenna, such as "rabbit ears", will not work)
2. Select OTA or antenna in the options
3. Scan the channels.

If you did all that and still no channels, check antennaweb[antennaweb.org]to make sure you have strong available signals in your area.
Thank you for the quick response. Can you explain why an UHF or VHF/UHF combo antenna is a necessity for signal when I was able to use rabbit ears for my old analog TV? This is uncharted territory for me.
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We have a 32 inch TCL tv in the bedroom.Have you gone to the "menu" and scanned for channels with your rabbit ears attached?It will not pickup a signal until you scan for channels.Also,make sure you use the "input" button to select "tv".

Go here and check out "initial setup"
http://www.tclelectronics.com.au/...6E10FZ.pdf
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We have a 32 inch TCL tv in the bedroom.Have you gone to the "menu" and scanned for channels with your rabbit ears attached?It will not pickup a signal until you scan for channels.Also,make sure you use the "input" button to select "tv".

Go here and check out "initial setup"
http://www.tclelectronics.com.au/...6E10FZ.pdf
I did scan for the channels with no luck. I also selected "TV" for the input and it still doesn't pick up a signal.

I tried this both with the digital converter box AND with just the rabbit ears attached to the TV.
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Op you need to get a digital antenna, the old rabbit ears will not work.
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Quote from decolores9 View Post :
Most analog TV stations broadcast on VHF frequencies, with usually only a few stations such as PBS stations in the UHF band.

With the switch to digital TV, the FTC changed the channel assignments and allocated much of the VHF band to other uses. As a result, most (but not all) HDTV stations are in the UHF band and therefore need a UHF antenna.

While a UHF antenna will get some signal from a VHF transmitter, a VHF antenna will receive essentially no signal from a UHF transmitter.

BTW, VHF is "very high frequency" and UHF is "ultra high frequency". UHF signals are transmitted at a higher frequency than VHF.
I see. But wouldn't the built-in digital tuner in the TV convert over the signal from the VHF antenna and allow the TV to see the local channels tho? Or the digital converter box do the same?
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I see. But wouldn't the built-in digital tuner in the TV convert over the signal from the VHF antenna and allow the TV to see the local channels tho? Or the digital converter box do the same?
the problem is the tv stations no longer broadcasts in the vhf range. Its like having your car radio on AM and wondering why you are not getting any FM radio stations. You dont need a digital converter box so dont even let the idea of a digital converter enter your mind.
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Perhaps you have the necessary stuff to try this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRS4GMGJr7M
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the problem is the tv stations no longer broadcasts in the vhf range. Its like having your car radio on AM and wondering why you are not getting any FM radio stations. You dont need a digital converter box so dont even let the idea of a digital converter enter your mind.
Oh ok. Thanks
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Obviously, it depends where you live. Here, stations are using real 7, 8, 9, 11, and 13. Likewise, what channels you get depends on your location. You should go to tvfool.com and input your address. Results in green will mean those stations should be available with a decent indoor antenna. It could be that you are in a bad area where no channels are green and you need an outdoor antenna or it might be even worse than that.
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My parents had a similar situation and I bought them this Mohu Thin Leaf Indoor HDTV [amazon.com] antenna and they were able to get around 16 channels. Read the reviews and see if it might fix your situation
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Thanks everyone for your help! I will try one of the HD antennas and report back.
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