How to Fix It When Roku TV Is Not Finding Antenna Channels

Get your Roku to search for antenna channels again

This article explains how to fix when your Roku TV is not finding antenna live TV channels.

Roku TVs are built with ATSC tuners in them which can access Over-The-Air digital content. These steps refer to troubleshooting these kinds of live channels not appearing. You can, however, connect an HDTV antenna to a Roku TV. If you experience issues with this kind of antenna, you will likely need to consult the user manual of your antenna to figure out the most likely issues. Though, broadly speaking the following tips may apply as well.

How to Fix Roku TV Not Finding Antenna Channels

Unfortunately, not finding channels isn't usually traceable to a single component or single likely issue, but there are many tried-and-true methods of resolving these kinds of issues.

You'll need to make sure your antenna signal strength isn't the problem. If you have a weak signal, you may fail to find channels as well as experience constant buffering and low-quality streams. Considering moving your TV to another room to see if anything improves or moving your antenna into a location free from as many close objects as possible.

If this isn't your issue, there are a number of other steps you can take to try to fix your Roku TV not finding antenna channels.

  1. Like always with electronics, the first step is to reboot your Roku TV to see if your issue goes away.

  2. If you have a partly-functioning remote, it can make you think there are more serious problems with your TV than there really are. Check to make sure your remote is working properly.

  3. If your Roku is too long out-of-date, you may experience any variety of issues. Update your Roku TV, and look to see if the problem is resolved.

  4. Especially after trying out the above, rescanning for channels can sometimes fix channels not appearing.

  5. As a last resort, you can reset your Roku TV to factory defaults, which can solve a bunch of different problems. After doing this, you may need to update your device again as well as scan for channels again.

A Note on Location for Roku TV Antenna Channels

Depending on your geographic location and not just the specific positioning of your TV in your home as well as the weather, you may experience signal interference from time to time that interrupts the signal reaching your internal tuner in your Roku TV.

If you're suddenly experiencing an issue after, for example, a long time without any issues, interference is a likely cause. Consider looking up online if other people in your local area are experiencing similar issues.

Alternatively, consider waiting a day or two and then attempting to rescan for channels. If there was a signal interference problem, it will eventually go away and your connection will return to normal.

FAQ
  • How do I delete antenna channels on a Roku TV?

    While you can't delete individual live TV channels, you can remove the Live TV tile from the Roku home screen. Highlight the Live TV tile > press the star icon > select Remove input. If you use an HDTV antenna, you can show only over-the-air programming and hide streaming live TV channels from Settings > TV inputs > Live TV > Hide streaming TV channels.

  • What local channels can I watch on Roku without an antenna?

    Many local news channels have free Roku apps that provide on-demand content and live broadcasts. You can also watch live TV on Roku by subscribing to a service such as Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV, which offers live TV channels based on where you live along with streaming content.

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