“My OTA TV Channels Just Disappeared!”

Cord-cutters, here’s what you need to do if you discover that all your over-the-air TV channels have disappeared.

Did you recently cut the cord? If so, you might encounter a phenomenon that many veteran cord-cutters have experienced. It’s the total disappearance of all of your over-the-air TV channels. We know that such a thing can be shocking, especially to anyone who’s recently cut the cord. If this happens to you, the best advice we can give is “Don’t panic!” Those channels haven’t gone anywhere, your antenna just needs to find them again. Here are five tips for relocating those missing OTA TV channels.

Step 1: Check Connections
If your OTA TV channels suddenly disappear, remember Occam’s Razor? This philosophical tool teaches us that the simplest answer is most often correct. Before you freak out and think that the TV antenna and related gear you just purchased blew up, check the connections. You’d be surprised at how many problems can be fixed simply by doing this, then tightening up whatever came undone.

Step 2: Re-Scan for Channels
If your connections check out, try re-scanning for your local TV channels. If you’ve cut the cord and have been enjoying free TV, then you’ve already done this. It wouldn’t hurt to do it again. Sometimes lost channels can be “found” again with a simple channel scan. If this is all your TV needed to get its channels back, you just saved yourself a trip to the roof!

Step 3: Check Your Antenna Aiming
The aim of your TV antenna might be another reason your OTA channels are gone. Yes, we know you got up on the roof, used a signal meter, and secured your TV antenna in the best possible position to receive what the transmitters send. But what if you had a bad storm the night before? Or you were working on the roof? Or someone’s lost kite crashed into your antenna? There are many reasons why a TV antenna’s aim can go askew. So get up on that roof and see if this is the problem. Once you find the signal again, be sure to do another channel scan when you get back into the house.

Step 4: Look for Obstructions
Sometimes things just get between our TV antennas and the TV transmitters. It might be fallen tree branch or your neighbor’s new pole barn. If this is the case, you’ll have to get back up on the roof to readjust and re-aim your TV antenna. Unless the obstruction is the size of 747, you should be able to redirect your TV antenna to receive all that free HDTV. Once you reestablish your TV signal, make sure you re-scan for your local TV channels. Once you find them again, you’re back in business with all that free local TV.

Step 5: Call Solid Signal
So let’s say you go through all four of the above steps and still can’t find your channels. What do you do? Call us here at Solid Signal, of course. There’s a very good chance our TV antenna experts can help diagnose your problem over the phone and guide you through fixing it. And if you need a new TV antenna, amplifier, or any other electronics equipment, we can help with that, too. Just give us a call at 888-233-7563. We’re always willing to help a cord-cutter in need.

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.