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How to run a channel scan for cable

Scanning (or rescanning) for channels is mostly an automated process. While these steps are different for each TV, the process is similar on most TVs.  Here are some more general instructions, which should help you get the scan process going on your TV:

  1. Make sure your TV is connected to the cable TV jack in your room/apartment.
  2. Press the Menu button on your remote control. If you don’t have a remote, your TV should have a built-in Menu button.
  3. Find and select the Channel Scan option in your TV’s menu. This option is could also be labeled Rescan, Tune, or Auto-tune.
    • If you cannot find the Channel Scan option, dig through the TV’s Settings, Tools, Channels, or Options menu.  Make sure you scan the Cable TV channels.
  4. If given a choice between digital or analog, select digital.
  5. Once your TV starts scanning for channels, it can take up to 10 minutes.
  6. When scanning is complete, your TV will either display how many channels are available or drop you back into a broadcast channel.
  7. Still missing some channels? Try running another scan.

If you are having trouble finding the Channel Scan option on your TV, then you can usually find a manual by searching the web for the TV’s make and model along with the word “manual.”

Other Notes

  • Non HDTV's or devices without a digital tuner will no longer work on Campus.
  • Cable jacks in the Residence Life dorm rooms should work, other cable jacks around campus may or may not be connected.
  • UWO has its own channel lineup from Spectrum and a cable box/cable card/descrambler/something from the cable company is not needed.


If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or helpdesk@uwosh.edu




Keywords:spectrum Dorm TV channel scan   Doc ID:68362
Owner:Liz C.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2016-11-04 11:33 CSTUpdated:2022-10-18 06:36 CST
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