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My remote wont change the channels. It only works to turn

Customer Question

My remote won't change the channels. It only works to turn the volume up or down
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: TV
Expert:  Allen replied 6 years ago.

Hi

 

Can you change the channels from the buttons on the TV?

 

Are you using the internal tuner of the TV or a cable box or satellite receiver?



-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I tried to on the ty but it goes off air. I have a cable box satellite
Expert:  Allen replied 6 years ago.
You will have to program the cable box. Be sure you are setup with the cable company for expanded basic cable. If you have basic you will only get the local 11- to 13 channels.

Edited by Allen on 5/2/2010 at 5:38 PM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So how do I program it?
Expert:  Allen replied 6 years ago.

What type box do you have ?

 

Is it cable? or Satellite? Which one?

 

Can you change channels from the buttons on the cable or satellite box?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have extended cable
Expert:  Allen replied 6 years ago.

If you have extended cable and you are not getting all of the channels then you have a problem with the cable box or it's programming. The number of channels is controlled by the cable box not the TV. The tv is used only a a display device for the cable box.

 

There are two possibilities on why the remote won't change the channels.

 

1. The remote may be bad or have a bad keypad which will let some functions work but not others.

 

2. The cable box has lost it's programming or is set for basic reception only

( this should be resolved by you local cable company, they will usually

replace the box)

 

If the channels will change from the buttons on the cable box then I would

suspect the remote.