Saturday, September 14, 2013

One Channel Does Not Work - How To Fix

Whenever I have a problem and learn how to fix it, I like to share it here on this blog to help anyone else who might have the same issue.  A couple weeks ago I noticed that NBC channel 5 was not working.  I have basic antennae tv with very good reception and I rarely have problems with it.  When I would go to channel 5 or 5-1 digital, it would just be static and say "weak or no signal". 

Occasionally this happens and usually it fixes itself in a day or 2, but this was going on for about 2 weeks.  I figured there might be an issue with the roof antennae.  Before troubleshooting that, I decided to do a rescan of the channels just in case that would do anything.  Sure enough, after the rescan, NBC worked good as new. 

I'm not sure why it worked after the rescan but would not work by going to the channel manually.  Maybe they changed some kind of signal that required a rescan but didn't tell us about it. Anyway, that is how I fixed it.  If you have a tv channel that is not working or has been out for a couple weeks, try the rescan method to see if it fixes the problem  


  1. I have done the rescan five times and still can't get KSL channel 5.1 What now?

    1. Sometimes the reception is not good enough to pick up the channel. Sometimes adjusting the antennae and re-scanning can help. Also sometimes a certain channel will show up on more than one channel so if it does not work for 5.1, it might come in on one of the other channels picked up in the scan.