How do I set my Smart TV to receive digital broadcast?

Last modified : Jul 25. 2018

Samsung Smart TVs can receive a digital broadcast without a set-top box. 


The Auto Tune function does a broad sweep of channels and will generally disregard any channels that are not providing a strong signal strength, so even multiple Auto Tune scans may come back with missing channels. The Manual Tuning function allows you to narrow down the search and save the channel at the best possible frequency your antenna is able to pick up.


The other thing to keep in mind is that signal strength is dependent on the time of day, weather conditions, cable quality and antenna position – all things that most of us can’t easily control!


Best practice is to perform the Auto Tune scan first, and then use Manual tuning to find and save any missing channels.


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 on an Auto Tune.


If you do need help adding in a missing channel, call our 24/7 1300 362 603 (in Australia) and one of our Samsung Care experts will be able to lend a hand.


Please see the steps below for a guide to perform Auto or Manual tuning on your television:

Please note: Depending on the model of your television the images below may vary, however, the steps are still the same.

Auto Tuning

Auto TuningClick to Expand
1 Press the Menu button on your remote control and select Broadcasting.
2 Select Auto Tuning
Auto Tuning
3 Select the Start button on the prompt.
Auto Tuning prompt
4 You may select options according to your preference.
Scan channels
5 Select Terrestrial > Digital.
Scan channels - Terrestial
Scan channels - Digital
6 Press the Scan button to scan and save channels.
Scan channels
7 Once complete the Auto Tuning window will close and you can enjoy your favourite TV channels.
Scan channels
Auto Tuning (2015 or older models)Click to Expand
1 Press Menu from your remote control.
2 Select Channels > Auto Tuning.
3 Tap on Digital Channel Tuning.
4 Press Enter on the remote control for the tuning to begin. Once completed, it will automatically exit the Menu screen.
Manual TuningClick to Expand

Follow the instructions below for Manual Tuning on your television:

1 On your TV remote select Menu and then select Broadcasting.
Menu > Broadcasting
2 Select Expert Settings.
Expert Settings
3 Select Manual Tuning.
Manual Tuning
4 Select Digital Channel Tuning.
Digital Channel Tuning
5 Select an existing channel to rescan
Digital Channel Tuning
6 Or you may select a new channel to rescan.
Select New channel to scan
7 This will show the signal quality during rescanning. Exit once complete.
New channels
Manual Tuning (2015 or older models)Click to Expand
1 Press Menu from your remote control.
2 Select Channels > Manual Tuning.
3 Tap on Digital Channel Tuning.
4 Select New to tune in a new channel. The New Channel window will appear.
5 Choose to select between Channel or Frequency.
6 After typing the desired channel or frequency, select Search and press Enter from your remote control.
7 Once the channel is located select Save/Store and press Enter on your remote control to confirm.

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