Channel Scan: What I Didn’t Tell You

By now, you know that my first cord-cutting experience was a success. But there’s something I didn’t tell you about my first TV antenna channel scan.

Hey, it’s Jake again. I hope you enjoyed joining me on my journey to cutting the cord from cable. As you might recall, the journey started with “Cord-Cutting is Easy and Fun.” There, you learned more about who I am and why this whole process is so important to me. I’m back again with another piece, and it’s one that tells you what I didn’t tell you in my first. I’ll tell it to you straight: My actual first attempt to do a channel scan was an abject failure. It had me seriously thinking about my future as a cord-cutter.

Channel Scan Fail
You remember my successful channel scan on the 40-inch, flat panel Sony TV? Well, before that success, I hooked the indoor/outdoor antenna to a 20-inch Dynex TV. Simply put, this TV was my first choice because it’s tiny, easy to move around, and isn’t hooked up to our home’s cable system. (My kids use it to play video games.) It turns out that trying to use this TV might have been a bad idea.

What Happened…
The antenna hooked into the TV quickly and easily. The real problem was the TV itself… at least I think it was. There was no option for a channel scan within the TV’s setup menu. At this point, I did what anyone in this type of situation would do: I got on Google. After some searching, I found out how to conduct a channel scan on a Dynex TV:

  • Press MENU to open the on-screen menu option.
  • Select the icon labelled “Channels,” then press the down button to open the Channels menu.
  • Highlight the Auto Channel Scan function.
  • Press the right or left button to select my signal type, which in my case would be “Antenna.”
  • Run the scan and allow the TV to locate VHF and UHF and digital channels in the Detroit TV market.

At this point, I already was on Google. I simply could’ve typed “the channels menu on my Dynex TV is grey” in the search bar. I didn’t. Instead, I opted to take the antenna gear to my bedroom and hook it up to the 40-inch Sony flat-panel TV down there. That particular channel scan was successful and I was able to get a surprising amount of programming in the Detroit TV market. End of story? Not quite.

What Went Wrong?
Now, after my channel scan success (and failure), I wonder what went wrong with the Dynex. Unfortunately, there isn’t much if any info on the Web about grey channel menus for this particular brand. There was something similar for Samsung TVs, and the advice might carry over to my situation. Quite simply, the Dynex might be set to a source other than TV. I think that would make sense, given that my kids use it for their Xbox games, which I believe require a different setting.

A Future Evolution?
What do you think will happen? Will it be victory for me? Or will my efforts be tantamount to rubbing two wet sticks together in hopes of starting a fire? Tune in to the Solid Signal Blog to find out about the further adventures of… the Technological Neanderthal who tried to cut the cord!

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.