What are QAM channels?
When connected directly to an active cable outlet in your home, a digital television with a built-in QAM tuner will allow you to receive unencrypted (“in the clear”) digital channels without the use of a cable box.
Channel availability varies by area and will generally include your local broadcast channels and their affiliates such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. HD versions of some channels may be available to those with an HD television.
How do I get QAM channels?
To view these channels, you’ll need to complete a digital scan on your TV. Please note that channels may be numbered differently (such as 15-4 or 15.4) or be shown in a different order than listed on your channel guide.
Programming Your Digital Television
Please note: All TV manufacturers differ, so options and wording may vary, please refer to your TV’s user guide for specific instructions for your TV.
To begin the scan:
- Using your television’s remote control, press the Menu or Settings option.
- Locate Channels or Tuner Set Up option.
- Check the menu for an option of Antenna Type or Connection Type followed by either Antenna or Cable.
- Make sure that the designated setting is Cable (alternate options may include Digital Cable, CATV or Cable STD)
- From the menu, choose Digital Channel Search (alternate options may include Channel Scan, Channel Search or Autoprogram.
- Allow the TV to complete the search. You will see a bar listing how many channels have been found. The process may take up to an hour.
- Once complete, confirm the menu prompt, then press an exit or quit option.