How to Get Local Channels on Samsung Smart TV

You’ve found the right post if you want to know how to get local channels on a Samsung Smart TV. Keep reading to find out how to get local channels on a Samsung TV and what you need to know to do it right.

There isn’t much that can go wrong, but it is possible that your TV won’t find any channels.

In this case, we’ve told you how to do it right and given you a few ways to fix problems if you run into any.

With an indoor antenna, it is easy to get local channels on your Samsung TV. You can find a lot of supported antennas online, and we’ll go into more detail about them later in this post.

On the other hand, if you have a smart Samsung TV, you can download a couple of apps to get free, high-quality local channels without using an antenna or cable.

If we’ve got your attention, stick around so we don’t have to deal with problems or make you mad.

How to Easily Add Local Channels to Samsung Smart TV?

No matter if you have a smart or not-so-smart Samsung TV, we’ll show you how to get local channels below.

We’ll start with the Samsung TV guide that isn’t smart.

The Samsung TV has local channels (Non-Smart)

As we said in the intro, if your Samsung TV doesn’t have the smart feature, the only way to get local channels is to use an antenna or cable.

It’s important to make sure the antenna you buy will work with your Samsung TV.

Prices for indoor antennas vary based on what features they have, but if you just want to watch local channels, you can expect to pay between $14 and $30.

It’s really simple to set up. You should find a Coaxial cable in the box with your antenna. This cable plugs into the antenna jack on the back of your Samsung TV.

Then, plug the power adapter into any wall outlet. The power source can also be plugged into the transmitter on the antenna itself.

Now that you’ve connected your antenna to your TV, here’s how to scan for channels:

  • Go to the Settings menu on your Samsung TV and find the Broadcasting button.
  • Then find Auto Tuning and press it.
  • Press Start looking over
  • When you use a cable, on the other hand, all you have to do is plug it into the right place and scan for channels again.

Note: The process could take up to 15 minutes, but in the meantime, you can look at the channels that have already been found.

The Samsung TV has local channels (Smart)

Here, you’ll learn the right way to get local channels on your Samsung smart TV. As we’ve already said, your Smart TV can access and download a few different apps.

With these apps, you won’t need an antenna or cable to get free local channels of good quality.

Here are the best three apps you can get right away:

Make sure your Samsung smart TV is connected to Wi-Fi. If it isn’t, you won’t be able to get the apps.

These apps can be downloaded for free from the Smart TV app store.

We think you should check out these apps right now to see which one works best for you.

Note: You can still connect and use an antenna or cable even if your Samsung TV is smart.

How Do I Get Local Television Channels On My Samsung TV?

This is another way to use the Auto Program feature to scan for air channels without a cable or antenna.

If you are not near a city or town, you shouldn’t expect this to work.

This method will find any available air channels, and if there are none, the list will be empty.

Step 1: Choose the TV source.                                                                         

Make sure your TV’s source is set to “TV.” You can change the TV source by pressing the source button on your remote.

  • Press the Home button and move to the left until you find Source TV.

Step 2: Pick the Automatic Program

  • Now, use your remote’s pads to choose Settings. Then choose Auto Program under Broadcasting.

Step 3: Choose the one you want.

  • Once you click “Start,” you’ll be given three options to choose from (Air, Cable, or Both).

You can choose Air here. If you have cable, make sure it’s in the right place and choose both instead of Air if you want to use it.

In this way, the Samsung TV will find out all of the channels it can get.

Why Doesn’t Samsung TV Find Local Channels?

If you don’t know how to set up local channels on your TV or you’re having trouble, we’ll show you what could be wrong and how to fix it quickly.

A few different things could have gone wrong. In this case, you can solve your problem with 3 simple and effective solutions.

Method 1: Change the Slot for the RF Cable

There’s a good chance that you put the cable or antenna in the wrong slot. In general, you should have two slots labeled ANT 1 IN (Air) and ANT 2 IN (Cable).

Whether you are using an antenna or a cable, you should put it in the right place.

  • Just unplug the cable from the RF input that’s already there and plug it into the other one.
  • Now, scroll up to find a step-by-step guide to finding channels.

Note: Make sure to choose the right input (Air if you’re using an antenna and Cable if you’re using a cable). We suggest picking both so you don’t waste time.

Method 2: Turn on your TV again.

Even though it is very unlikely, there is a chance that the scan feature on your Samsung TV is broken.

“How to get local channels on Samsung TV?” was a question that a lot of people had trouble with until they restarted their TV.

Here’s how to quickly and easily turn on your TV again:

  • Use the Power Button on your remote to turn off the TV.
  • Pull the power cord out of the wall socket.
  • Wait about five minutes.
  • Connect your Samsung TV to the power again.
  • Switch it on
  • Again, go back to the post and use our step-by-step guide to channel scanning.

If your TV still can’t find channels, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. You can try our last method if nothing else works.

Method 3: Factory Reset

Samsung TV’s factory reset will definitely help you narrow down the problem enough to find it.

But you should know that you will lose all of your personal settings and configurations.

We suggest making a backup so you can easily get your files back after the reset.

Follow the steps below to return your TV to its factory settings:

  • Go to Settings, click General, and then Reset. Enter your PIN.
  • To confirm, press OK, and your TV will turn back on.

Note: Your PIN should be “0000” by default, so if you haven’t set one up, type in four 0s.

If the steps above don’t work for you, go to Settings, press on Support, and then press on Self Diagnosis.

The Reset button should be somewhere in this menu, so look around and press on it when you find it.

Note: You will NOT be able to reset your Samsung TV to factory default settings from the mobile app.

Do Smart TVs Come With Antennas Built-In?

It’s easy to add free-to-air channels to a Samsung TV. Samsung smart TVs can get a virtual broadcast without a fixed-top box because the virtual tuner is built in.

Remember that we use antennas more than anyone else in Australia, so we won’t tell you how to add channels through a cable company.

If I Use An Antenna With My Smart TV, Will The Signal Be Better?

You might be able to improve the picture on your smart TV with an antenna.

Even if you connect your antenna, the only other thing you need to think about is where it is in your car.

If the sign is on the ground or if it is surrounded by houses or buildings that are taller than the antenna, it might not look good or work well.

It’s best to put antennas on roofs or in other high-traffic places where there aren’t many things in the way.

Using Services On The Internet, You Can Watch Local TV Stations.

The easiest way to get local TV stations if you don’t want to deal with extra hardware like antennas or TV tuners is to sign up for an internet-based live TV service.

Several of them let you watch all or almost all of your local TV channels live.

Most also have cloud DVR, which lets you save shows you’re watching live to your account.

You can watch them on your smart TV, computer, or mobile device.

The main problem with this quick and easy method is that you might have to pay a lot each month for these services.

  • Hulu Plus Live TV is one of them. It costs $65 a month and comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR.
  • Another option is YouTube TV, which also costs $65 a month but has unlimited cloud DVR storage (the recordings do disappear after nine months).
  • FuboTV is a little cheaper, starting at $55 a month, and includes 500 hours of cloud DVR. But not all local channels are available in all markets.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is It Possible To Watch Free-To-Air TV On A Smart TV Without An Antenna?

If you’ve been wondering how or if it’s possible to get free-to-air channels without an antenna, you’ll be glad to know that you can use your digital TV to access online content.

You won’t need an antenna, but you will need to be able to connect to the internet.  

How Do I Get Regular Local Channels On My Samsung Smart TV?

Connect a cable or antenna and search for channels.

  • If you only have an antenna, choose Air.
  • Choose Cable if you only have a cable box.

If you have both an antenna and a cable box, choose Both. This is the best way to get the most channels.

Why Is My Samsung TV Not Picking Up Local Channels?

If your Samsung TV isn’t getting all channels, go to the source menu and choose “TV.” Then, connect your antenna to the RF connector on the back of the TV and choose “Channel Scan.” Choose “Air, Cable, or Both,” and scan for all available channels that have a good signal.

Does Samsung TV Have Live Local Channels?

You can get live TV channels on a Samsung Smart TV by putting third-party apps on it. Some of the apps and streaming services in the app store for your Samsung smart TV can show local TV channels without an antenna. This includes apps like Locast, Pluto TV, and Xumo – Free movies & TV, which are all very popular.

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