Smart tv with manual channel scan?

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I'm looking for a new smart tv approx 43". I use an antenna rotator because my stations are distant and enter from multiple compass directions. I need to be able to manually add missed channels after doing an auto-scan. It seems that most recent tvs only auto-scan.... and forget the previously found signals.Does anyone know of a new smart tv that either remembers previously scanned channels or allows channels to be added manually?

I have and old tuner/convertor but would prefer to have everything work with just the tv.
 

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I'm looking for a new smart tv approx 43". I use an antenna rotator because my stations are distant and enter from multiple compass directions. I need to be able to manually add missed channels after doing an auto-scan. It seems that most recent tvs only auto-scan.... and forget the previously found signals.Does anyone know of a new smart tv that either remembers previously scanned channels or allows channels to be added manually?

I have and old tuner/convertor but would prefer to have everything work with just the tv.
Our 55" LG brand smart tv (UJ6200 series) offers both auto and manual channel scan options. Very nice when you want to dx for distant channels but retain your current channel set. One thing I don't like is the apparent 'feature' of removing a channel from the list if the signal drops out for too long. Channels usually come back on their own once the signal returns but occasionally you need to do a manual scan. Not really an issue as much as an annoyance and other than that the set has performed well. I don't believe that LG model is still produced but the next series is sure to be 'new and improved'! :rolleyes: Good luck on your search! :)
 

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I think you are going to need to go to stores and look at the actual set up menu or read the manual of each TV you are interested. Most times even online reviews don't mention how channels are scanned in. You may be able to go to the manufacturers site and download the manual too. This problem is nothing new I have never understood why or how the decision makers at these TV companies get this so wrong, something that DISH VIP receivers and TIVO get right.
 

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Have you tried entering the actual channel,not the virtual channel, on the remote?
For instance if say 28-1 actually broadcasts on rf 35,enter 35 and see if it scans in.
I'm asking before buying another tv. I tried asking at Walmart.... they looked at me like I had 3 heads.lmao

It would be nice to no longer need the Roku stick and tv tuner box. The cabinet is such clutter.
 

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'dillo, I've looked, and trying to find a tv set with an "add a channel" feature without it deleting the previous channels, is amazingly HARD to do. I'm very good at Google searches, and I can't find one as of yet. They do NOT appear to list this sort of thing in "Specs" on the tv pages. You literally have to download the actual tv set manual for each set that you might be interested in, and look through it to find that out.
 
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You literally have to download the actual tv set manual for each set that you might be interested in, and look through it to find that out.
And sometimes even that doesn't help. I went to the LG site this morning to see what was currently available. I downloaded the user manual for sets in the SK8000 series and there were no detailed explanations of features in the set like you used to get when I bought my UJ6200 model - just basic operating procedures, quick start guide, etc. And this was under their Premium set recommendations! :confused: Guess you would have to go to dealer, ask for the remote and go through the menus to see what is there. :mad::(
 

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You'd think that an "add a channel WITHOUT deleting all present channels FIRST" scan function would be standard in the USA. But no, everybody here apparently has no issues spending thousands of $$$ every year watching pay channels, instead of OTA tv. So Asian tv manufacturers don't seem to know that's needed, if (hardly) anybody here asks or complains about it missing.
 

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Bought a LG 43UK6300PUE at Best Buy today. It has manual scan in addition to automatic scan. Tuner sensitivity seems very good so far, possibly even excellent. My rotator isn't connected right now so I can't tune in quite all the channels I had before.

Picture so crisp... I ducked when John Wayne shot at the bad guy earlier. lol

Just for future reference: No Roku tvs have manual scan regardless of the brand. All brands use the same format/software. Or so I was told.

This LG has WebOS. Hopefully it will be a sufficient replacement for my Roku. The tv cabinet sure looks much nicer without that rat nest of cables and boxes everywhere.

Special thanks to FTA4PA for suggesting an LG!

Thanks everyone for the assistance!
 

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You'd think that an "add a channel WITHOUT deleting all present channels FIRST" scan function would be standard in the USA. But no, everybody here apparently has no issues spending thousands of $$$ every year watching pay channels, instead of OTA tv. So Asian tv manufacturers don't seem to know that's needed, if (hardly) anybody here asks or complains about it missing.
Don't expect much help looking at on-line manuals or asking the sales people in the stores either. I told the 'expert' at Best Buy 4 times before he actually looked in the correct setting! He kept going to the 'Channel Manager' setting and saying: "Nope, no manual scan." Finally I said: "Just humor me and click on Channel Scan." He actually said: "Oh wow! There's a manual scan." lol

The guy wasn't dumb... it's just obvious that no one ever asks about manually adding channels.
 

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I'm asking before buying another tv. I tried asking at Walmart.... they looked at me like I had 3 heads.lmao

It would be nice to no longer need the Roku stick and tv tuner box. The cabinet is such clutter.
You asked at a Walmart ... of course they looked at you like that ...

Go to a Hi End A/V store you might get somewhere.
 

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And good luck finding one of THOSE. The last one I know of near me, Myer-Emco, closed years ago. Glad I got my speakers from them before that.


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Hi,
I would like to advise everyone reading this that "no partial rescan or manual scan feature" is a big problem with these so called smart TVs.
There are more & more people every day "cutting the cord" and going back to an antenna to watch many good channels over the air.
I live in a rural area near lake Michigan and thankfully I have a 43 inch LG TV (dumb tv lol) that I love and it has a manual rescan. I get stations across the lake in Milwaukee and Green Bay (west & north west) South & southeast towards Kalamazoo & Lansing etc...
Without the manual rescan I wouldn't get all the channels I like and the few local stations we have around Ludington Mi. don't offer programing that I like.
I have an older Samsung or Sony TV at my house in Kentucky with a feature called partial digital rescan which will rescan for additional channels without losing the stations you already have locked in, no matter which way your antenna is pointing. I love that TV but it's too small and I'm looking for a new larger screen TV with that feature or manual rescan.
These TV manufacturers better wake up as there are many, many people that want these features !
There are also millions of people that use an antenna and just want a TV to be a TV. We're all not computer geniuses and don't have all day to fool around with a so called smart TV that is spying on us, stealing our information and compromising what little privacy we have left in today's world.
Millennials may go for this but older & wiser Americans can live without it.

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The smart TV manufacturers make money from companies paying to install software on those TVs. There is little interest, and no money to be made, in going beyond minimal support for OTA.

Get an aftermarket box for OTA reception and even DVR functions. Plenty of them out there.


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With smart tv you should get an extra remote for the tv before it becomes obsolete. I have a Panasonic tv and couldn,t find a new replacement for the remote. The have ones that look original but some of the buttons you need are not there. The old remote will scan the channels and that is about all. Found a sanyo remote that does everything else except channel scan so I am in business as long as I can get the original to do the channel scan. I would much rather have a ruku player any day.
 

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With smart tv you should get an extra remote for the tv before it becomes obsolete. I have a Panasonic tv and couldn,t find a new replacement for the remote. The have ones that look original but some of the buttons you need are not there. The old remote will scan the channels and that is about all. Found a sanyo remote that does everything else except channel scan so I am in business as long as I can get the original to do the channel scan. I would much rather have a ruku player any day.
Have you looked into Harmony remotes?
 

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The tv operates interminet And this will work until it completely dies. You can be watching it and the picture shuts off with a no signal message on the screen. Shut it off till the next day and it might work a few days and quit all over again. It has a good picture when it works. Probably cost more to get repaired than to replace. Thanks for the idea on the harmony remote. My big screen 65 inch. Samsung dlp is starting to have audio problems but the picture works perfect. And I do not want to replace it.
 

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That has all the hallmarks of bad capacitors in the power supply. Any blinking LEDs when this happens? I had an old Mitsubishi HDTV that I was able to open up and replace the four electrolytic capacitors in the Power Supply with $3.00 worth of Radio Shack parts. (Yes, it was that long ago!) If your Panny is from the early-to-mid 2000s it might have a similar issue.
 
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