|This is my 2008 Toshiba TV|
1- CHECK TO SEE WHICH TV STATIONS YOU SHOULD GET IN YOUR AREA before you drop your cable service--The signal quality of TV stations depends on how far you are from a signal tower and the geography of the area (e.g., mountains hinder TV signals). To see which TV stations you should be able to receive using an antenna, click this link TV Stations with Strong Signal in my Area. Fill in your zip code and street address. You will see a comprehensive listing of stations you can expect to get with antenna reception alone. I get ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, etc.
|RCA Digital Flat Antenna $30.|
|Mohu Leaf Antenna $40.|
|Back of my Toshiba TV where Antenna Connects|
This assumes you have already unplugged the "main" CableTV cable and returned the equipment (including remote) to your provider.
4- SCAN FOR AVAILABLE DIGITAL CHANNELS--This step asks your TV to find the "new" digital channels that the new antenna can receive. If you don't do this, your TV screen will just be a scratchy, snowy picture. Following are the steps to scan for available channels on my TV, your digital TV may use slightly different labels.
- On the remote, press "MENU" (circled in pink)
- On the TV now, use the remote's arrows to move to the TV screen icon "SETUP", click enter
- Use the remote's arrows to scroll down to "INSTALLATION" on the TV
- Use the remote's "enter" button to click on the "TERRESTRIAL" icon on the TV
- Use the remote to scroll down to "CHANNEL PROGRAM", click on it
- The "ANT 1" button that appears will now scan for channels when you click on it
|Use the arrow buttons around the "enter" to navigate|
|I scrolled to the 6th icon for setup|
5- SET THE "INPUT" ON YOUR TV TO "ANT" and you are ready to go!
|"INPUT" button circled in pink on my remote|
|Change input to ANT 1|
Whenever you turn your TV on, make sure the "INPUT" is set to "ANT"enna and you will be able to receive over-the-air channels. You will probably need to adjust the position of the antenna for optimum picture quality.
When in doubt, call the 800 number for the maker of your TV and they can walk you through the process too.
* You can navigate this whole process without the remote. Instead of using the remote, use the buttons built in to your TV (on the bottom or side) that are labeled "INPUT", "MENU", etc.