If you’re setting up your TV for the first time you will want to make sure you can all available channels. Making sure all of your TV stations are available and have a clear picture is a quick process but the methods will vary depending on if you are using cable, satellite, or antenna channels.
Setting Up Cable or Satellite Service
There are different steps for activating cable or satellite service depending on whether or not you have a cable box or satellite box connected to the TV.
Using Cable TV Without A Cable Box
How To Scan For Cable TV Channels
- Press the Input button on the remote control and select “TV”.
- Press the Menu button on the remote.
- Select “Tuner” and press OK.
- Check the “Tuner Mode” settings. It should say “Cable”. If it says “Antenna” press the left arrow button on the remote to change it to “Cable”.
- Go to “Auto Channel Scan” and press the OK button on the remote.
The TV will scan for channels. Once the progress bar on the TV screen reaches 100% you will be able to access all of your TV channels.
Using Your Vizio TV With A Cable Box Or Satellite Box
If you are using a cable box attach the available cords from box to the TV. The type of cords you are using will determine what you need to to next to see a channel.
If you are connecting your cable or satellite box using an HDMI cord you will change the input to the source labeled on the back of the TV. All the HDMI connections have a number printed near them. So if you connected your cable box to the HDMI connection labeled #1 then just press the input button on your remote and select HDMI-1. You will be able to see a picture immediately.
If the box is connected using a composite or component cord then change the input to Comp. A cable or satellite signal will immediately appear on the TV screen.
If your box is connected using a coax cord then you will need to change the input to TV. Then scan for channels. Follow the steps for channel scanning to finish activating the service.
Using Antenna Channels
All TV antennas connect with a coaxial connection. This is a type of cord that screws onto the back of your TV.
You just need to change the input of your TV then scan for channels. Press the Input button on your Vizio remote. The TV will display the available inputs. You want to choose the option labeled “TV”.
Once you have the correct input chosen you just need to scan for channels.
How To Scan For Antenna Channels
- Press the Menu button on your Vizio remote
- Go to “Tuner” and press OK on the remote.
- The menu will have “Tuner Mode” listed at the top. Make sure this is set to Antenna. If it says Cable then change it to Antenna.
- Select “Auto Channel Scan” and press the OK button.
Once you choose to scan for channels the TV will look for the signal being broadcast to it from the antenna. It will have a percentage showing you the progress of the scan. Once it reaches 100% you can press the Exit button on your remote.
That’s it! Now you will be able to watch antenna TV channels.
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