My 22" Samsung has an antenna hooked to it, as my room has no cable outlet. However, when I run Auto Scan, it will not pick up a single channel. I was been looking online for an answer for hours and at this point am very frustrated. I did not have this problem in my previous apartment. I need help please!! Thank you

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    Do you have confirmation that where you live can receive channels? What kind of TV antenna do you have hooked to the TV (on the roof, in the attic, wall of the home, omni directional, or something like basic rabbit ears)? Do you have the TV setting set to ANTENNA instead of CABLE or SAT?
    – noybman
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 16:25
  • Yes to all of the above.. There r 2 DirectTv outlets in 2 rooms, not a problem at all with those. Unfortunately there is no outlet in my room. I am using an anteena on the wall, and my TV is set to Antenna. It scans, but will not pick up a single channel.
    – Deb Kasch
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 16:53
  • Well, do you live in a densely populated area and "should be receiving" strong signal? Do you know if any neighbors have "rabbit ear" antennas and they work? I don't believe you should "say yes to every question" I asked. If you are or could be using direct TV in the home, but not at this TV, then it doesn't matter. If you have ANTENNA on another TV, please tell us if it is one that is OUTSIDE the home.
    – noybman
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 16:58
  • My line of questions above is to ascertain if you CAN use rabbit ears antenna and receive TV signal. Just because you hook an antenna up, doesn't mean you will get a signal, if you were in a cave or a lead room, it wouldn't work. Since you probably aren't, I'm trying to get a feel for how strong the TV signals in your area are so we can investigate if it is the TV, the Antenna, the connection and settings between the two, or if it is where the antenna is located.
    – noybman
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 17:00
  • The DirectTv dish is outside the home, there is just not an outlet in my room. I am living with my very elderly parents who are not in good health and I have attempted to get them to have a outlet put in my room but they are not receptive to that idea. Yes this is a densely populated area Napa California and I believe for neighbors that I've talked to that they all have a form of cable not a surly DirecTV but they do have cable there are a lot of dishes outside in this Park that we live in. Anteenas worked perfect in my previous apt.
    – Deb Kasch
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 17:09

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Based on our discussion amplifying the original question, the cut to the chase answer is: You are not getting any channels on your TV because there are no channels to receive.

Unfortunately, the above answer is the precise reason you are frustrated. You noted you did not have this problem where you lived before, that is most certainly because you lived in a better area for TV signal reception.

Using this map you can get a pretty good idea of what types of signals the FCC expects one would receive at any geographical location: https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps

using that, type in any major city, or where you lived previously, then type in where you live today. As you see the number of channels drop off to near none, it gives you a solid feel for what you could expect to receive.

If you see channels on the list that are within your reach & interest, you can install a TV antenna. But this TV antenna will not be rabbit ears. As you have already tried an internal antenna to no success, you have to try different antenna options. You can try an omni-directional antenna, mounted on a pole, or on the roof You can try one outside of your window, but basically, the bigger (and bigger does not mean size) the antenna you use (which will be directly proportionate to cost, and time to install it) - the better odds you will have of receiving more signals.

I realize you mentioned there is direct TV in the home. I suspect an installer will charge between $30-$100 to install a new outlet in your room. Since you would have to install an outdoor antenna in either case, your best chances are to add to this service and pay the additonal cost for an added tuner box from Direct TV. I suspect the cost will be less in the short term. In teh long run, the Direct TV route will be more expensive since you will pay service charges and taxes, until, termination.

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