Add Free To Air Channels to a Samsung TV

Last Update date : Apr 08. 2021

 Please Note: The information on this page is for Australian products only. Sequences or settings will vary depending on location and/or where the product had been purchased. To be redirected to your local support page please click here.

Samsung Smart TVs can receive a digital broadcast without a set-top box - the digital tuner is built in. Adding digital TV channels to watch is a pretty simple process - check out the step by step guide below.


The website lets you search for your address and show you what the signal strength is like in your area, and can show you a list of available digital channels and their frequencies – so it shouldn’t be too tricky to add in any channel you might miss with Auto Tuning by using Manual Tuning.


Please Note: Before adding digital free to air channels, ensure you have a digital TV Antenna installed to receive a digital broadcast and that the Antenna Cable has been connected properly to your TV or One Connect Box.

Auto Tuning for available channels:

1 Make sure the Antenna Cable is securely plugged into the TV or One Connect Box.On your Samsung remote control, press the Menu button and then select Settings > Broadcasting.
Auto tuning menu

Please Note: The Broadcasting menu is only available when the Source is set to Live TV. The Broadcasting menu cannot be accessed while you watch TV using a cable box, satellite receiver or from inside any Smart Hub apps.


Press the Source button on your remote control to toggle to the TV input or on newer TVs select the Home button and select Source from the menu, then Live TV

2 Once you have selected Auto Tuning, a pop up box will appear that gives you the option to start the scan or to cancel the scan.
Start or cancel auto tune.
3 If you're scanning for Australian TV Channels select Terrestrial aerial type, and Digital Channel Type from the options on screen
4 Select Start to begin the process
5 When the scan finishes, you can select Close to finish, and all of the channels discovered will save automatically

Manual Tuning for available channels:

1 Make sure the Antenna Cable is securely plugged into the TV or One Connect Box.On your Samsung remote control, press the Home Home button to bring up the Smart Hub/Eden Menu and then select Settings Settings.
Smart Hub
2 Scroll down and select the Broadcasting tab Broadcasting tab from the left-hand side. Then highlight and select Expert Settings.
Broadcasting menu
3 On the Expert Settings menu page, select Manual Tuning.
Expert Settings menu
4 On the Manual Tuning page, you are able to choose between Digital Channel Tuning or Analogue Digital Tuning.
Choose between manual tuning or analogue tuning
5 Next, on the New Channel page, you will be able to enter the channel number and frequency you wish to tune in. Once you have made your choice from those two options, you can then highlight and select search to begin the manual tuning process. Once the scan has finished, you can select close to finish.
Manually search for channel.

If you find the TV will not save any channels - make sure the TV is not set to Retail or Demo Mode. Retail mode will wipe the TV settings after 5 minutes and will not save any TV channels after scanning. Follow the menu path below to check:

  • 2019 RU/Q/LS Models - Settings > General> System Manager > Usage Mode > Select Home Mode
  • 2018 NU/Q/LS Models - Settings > General > System Manager > Usage Mode > Select Home Mode
  • 2017 M/MU/Q/LS Models - Settings > General > System Manager > Usage Mode > Select Home Mode
  • 2016 K/KU/KS Models – Settings > System > Expert Settings > Usage Mode > Select Home Mode
  • 2015 J/JU/JS Models - MENU > Support > Use Mode > Select Home Use
  • 2014 H/HU/F Models - MENU > Support > Use Mode > Select Home Use

Edit Channel Numbers On My Smart TV.

Follow the instructions in the link below to edit the channel numbers on your Smart TV.

Removing Channels from a Samsung TV.

Do you have channels that you don't watch or need? Delete them by following the instructions in the link below.

If you require more information, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page. Otherwise, please get in touch with our Samsung Australia Care experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia) or contact our Live Chat Australia team.

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