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Samsung TV Broadcasting Not Working/Available

Samsung TV’s broadcasting feature is popular with many users. There is nothing more frustrating than when you go to use it and you either run into issues with your broadcast feature not working, or showing that broadcasting is currently unavailable. There are a few issues that could be behind your Samsung TV broadcasting not working.

If your Samsung TV broadcasting is not working, first check your broadcast settings. Select ‘Settings’ from your menu and scroll through until you find ‘Broadcast’. Select broadcast to ensure that the settings are working properly. You can also check to see if your Samsung TV is connected by checking the ‘Source’ menu.

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This is the easiest way to fix the issue if your broadcasting services are not available on your Samsung TV. Let’s take a look at a few other factors that you could be facing and how to solve them.

Samsung TV Broadcasting Auto Program Not Available

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Samsung SmartTV has a feature that can auto-scan and program your broadcasting channels. If you find that these channels are not showing up on your Samsung TV broadcasting, there is a simple trick that you can do to make the auto program functional again.

If your Samsung TV broadcasting auto program is not available, you will need to reset it. Press ‘Menu’ and scroll down to ‘Broadcast’. If the ‘Channel’ icon is not highlighted, go to ‘Sources’ and select ‘TV’ to turn on the source. Return to the ‘Menu’ and select ‘Channels’. There you will see the ‘Auto Program’. Once you select this, you will see several different options for what to auto-connect to.

Turn on both the air and cable channels. Because there are quite a few channels available, it will take a while for all of your channels to load. Depending on your availability, it can take up to 24 hours for all of your available channels to load on the auto program. 

Samsung TV Broadcasting Grayed Out/Disabled

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If you are unable to get your Samsung TV to broadcast and the icon appears to be grayed out, this means that your broadcasting function has been disabled. Oftentimes, this function has simply turned itself off, but it is a quick and easy fix to resume broadcasting services. 

If your Samsung TV broadcast is grayed out or disabled, you should access your settings. Using your remote, press the ‘Home’ button and then click on the ‘Source’ button, which you can find in the top right corner of your remote. First, make sure that the ‘TV’ icon has a green check to ensure that the source is on. 

Next, go to the bottom of the screen and select ‘Settings’. This will bring up a list and if your source has been turned on, that ‘Broadcasting’ icon should no longer display as grey.

If the icon is still grey, unplug your TV from its power source. Leave it unplugged for between 5 to 8 minutes and then reconnect your TV to power and turn it back on. You then want to run through the previous steps to see if the ‘Broadcasting’ icon will no longer display as grey. 

If that still doesn’t work, power off your Samsung Smart TV and use the remote to hit ‘Mute’, 1, 8, 2, and power. The ‘Service Menu’ will appear on the top left side. Using your remote, select ‘Control’ and scroll down to ‘Shop Option’. Once in there, make sure that ‘Peak Mode’ is off by turning the toggle to the off position. Turn your TV off and on again and check the ‘Source’ again.

Samsung TV Broadcasting This Function Is Not Available

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If you keep getting an alert saying that ‘This function is not available ’ it is usually related to the poring of your remote to your Samsung TV. It could also mean that the broadcasting function is turned off. 

If your Samsung TV broadcasting is not working, you should first check to see that your broadcasting services are available. Enter the settings menu and first select ‘Source’, make sure that your TV shows that it is connected. If it isn’t, connect to the source and return to the settings menu. Next, enter ‘Broadcasting’ and ensure that the icon is not gray. If the broadcast settings are reset.

If this does not solve your issue, it could be a problem with your remote. Turn off your Samsung TV and unplug it from power, leave it disconnected for around five minutes before turning it back on. On your remote, you hold both ‘Return’ and the ‘Play’ button. This will reset your Samsung TV remote and should allow you to use it with broadcast services.

Samsung TV Broadcasting Menu Not Available

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If your Samsung TV broadcasting menu is not available, not only will the ‘Broadcast’ icon in your menu be greyed out, but also when you attempt to access the menu, you will not be able to select any of the icons. They will all appear gray and inaccessible.

If your Samsung TV broadcasting menu is not available, it means that your TV is accessing the wrong source settings. Using your remote, press the source button in the top right-hand corner and select ‘TV’. You want to change the source from HDMI to ATV. When you check back at the ‘Broadcast’ menu option, you should now be able to access it.

Samsung TV Broadcasting Not Showing

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If your Samsung TV broadcasting is not showing a picture, you can hear the sound. There are a few steps to take. The first step to take is to unplug your Samsung TV from the power source. Leave your TV unplugged for at least 60 seconds before turning it back on. Check to see if you have a picture while attempting to watch broadcasting on your Samsung TV. If you still are not showing your broadcast TV, there are a few other steps to try.

If your Samsung TV broadcasting is not showing, check to see that your HDMI cable is attached securely. Moreover, if you have a rRoku or Firestick, check to see that those are connected properly. If they are, try using a different HDMI port on your TV.  Lastly, if you still are unable to see the broadcasting, you’ll need to run a hard reset.

Press the ‘Home’ button and then select ‘Settings’. From there, select ‘ Support’ and click ‘Self Diagnostics’. Once in there, you can hit ‘Reset’. Keep in mind that this will erase all of your settings as it will restore your Samsung TV to the settings that were there when you first purchased it.

Samsung TV Broadcasting Can’t Access

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While your Samsung TV has broadcasting, there are some times when you are unable to access the use of these channels. If your Samsung TV cannot access broadcasting, there are a few issues that you should check.

If your Samsung TV broadcasting cannot be accessed, first check to see that you are on the right source channel. Change your TV from HDMI to AVI and check to see if you can access your broadcasting channels. 

If you still cannot access your broadcasting, a good next step is to do a light restart of your Samsung TV. Unplug your Samsung TV from its power source and leave it off for 5 to 8 minutes. Plug your TV back into the power source and turn the TV on. Run through the same steps, ensuring that your TV is on the correct source and that your ‘Broadcast’ settings menu is not grayed out.

Lastly, if all else fails, enter the ‘Service Menu’ by turning off your TV. Hit ‘Mute’, 1, 8, 2, and power, and then click the ‘Service Menu’ icon in the top corner. Ensure that you do not have peak mode turned on.

Samsung TV Broadcasting Not Working/Available

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More often than not, when your Samsung TV broadcasting is not working, it is due to the settings being turned off. You can easily reset and restart them by accessing the ‘Broadcasting’ and ‘Source’ sections in the settings menu. If your Samsung TV is still not working or available, you can reset your Samsung TV and try your broadcasting services again.

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