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Hello, I'm Dan. I've never heard of a TV channel causing a TV to turn off and on again. Can you send me a link to the article you read about it? I'd be happy to do some digging.
Hello, I am just now seeing that you are in Australia. I don't have access to LG service information for Aus models, only US versions. I also cannot see any firmware info. I will opt out and allow someone else to help.
Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today.
Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with this but I’ll do my best to help you out.
Unfortunately this will not be possible as your tvs internal tuner is not compatible with the new stations, which use a special type of mpeg4 compression, which is a relatively new broadcast format. While it could pick up the station, it is not compatible with the mpeg4 compression used on these new channels. It cannot be upgraded, updated, or changed. This is a 2008 model, so lg ended all support for it many years ago and would not be releasing any future firmware updates for it.
Other than replacing the tv, your next best option would be to hook up an external tuner instead. You can pick one up for $50 or less at dick smith, harvey norman, etc. Example: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/tv-home-entertainment/players-recorders/teac/teac-hdb850-hd-set-top-box/87484/
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That may be the case for a few specific models, but the issue does not apply the same to your model, which truly can't handle the mpeg4 formatting even with an update.
Even if an update were available, it would be (as you mentioned) something that has to be done manually. I have no expectation that they'd make any updates available for this model based on the age, or that they would apply it for free. If you're going to have to pay to have a tech out to do this, it would still be less costly to buy an external tuner.
Personally no, I do not believe so.
I can't imagine what he would be selling except to replace the internal tuner card, which is an integrated part of the main board. A main board would be a $150 part typically.
Without knowing what it is exactly that he's talking about, it does not sound legitimate to me.
He could be selling you a replacement eeprom chip that could help with the turning on/off, but that is a part that requires very fine soldering work to replace. It also still wont' let you tune in any of the new channels.
I still feel the external box would be the best resolution of your issues, but it is up to you of course how you decide to proceed.
If you are comfortable doing the solder work, you certainly could give it a try.