How to scan (or rescan) for Digital TV Channels in Ghana [2020 Guide]

February 2020 update: There seems to be minor outages on Ghana's Digital Terrestrial Television. If you experience problems, simply wait and rescan again in a few hours.

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Television has been with us for a long time and the technology for it keeps getting better over time. Analogue TV is no longer what we seek and we have shifted towards Digital and Satelite TV.

A lot of Ghanaians love that they are able to watch free to air TV via their digital decoders. In fact, in Ghana right now, most TVs already come with digital decoders inbuilt and have eliminated the need for any kind of external decoders.

However, sometimes, when you are trying to watch your favourite free to air channels, you simply can not find any channels to watch.

Mostly, the channels are there but they don’t give any picture or sound and you are stuck with a little annoying “no signal” screen. Other times, there is nothing at all to show on the channel list.

Well, you are not alone. I have experienced this way too many times when I loved to watch TV. All you need to do to solve the problem and start enjoying your free to air TV shows is to quickly scan your channels or rescan them and you will be fine.

When is the best time to scan for channels?

Scanning for channels should not be an everyday thing. However, if there are new TV channels and you want to get them, you will have to scan for them.

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Also, if you had some channels that were working before but have suddenly stopped working, then rescanning would be the right thing to do to get them back.

Some TV channels also change/migrate to other frequencies and it would be necessary to scan your channels to get them back working when these migrations happen.

 

It is also good practice to scan your Digital TV channels at least once a month. Some newer models of TV usually do this in the background.

If you realise that your TV automatically adds new channels even without a scan, then you may not need to scan your TV at regular intervals, unless of course, it’s not working for some reason.

How to scan for digital channels in Ghana

This method for scanning your TV works for both Digibox (including Multi TV, Strong TV, etc) as well as TVs that come with an inbuilt digital TV decoder.

Once you have made sure your TV is connected to an antenna and placed in a good position (usually outdoors) you are ready to scan.

Use the steps below to scan your digital TV for channels in Ghana:

  1. Using your TV or Digibox remote control, press the “Menu” button on your remote control.
  2. Go to the “Settings” menu and click on it
  3. Scroll through the options till you get to “Channel Scan”. Depending on your model, it can also be called “Rescan,” “Tune,” or “Auto-tune.”
  4. Choose the “Auto Tuning” option
  5. Choose your country, “Ghana” and Choose “DVB-T” or “DVB-T2”
  6. Select start scan to start the process
  7. Wait for the scan to finish to start enjoying your new channels
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Once your TV starts scanning for channels, you can relax and find something to do to make good use of your time. This is because scanning of channels can take between 5 to 15 minutes.

During the scan or when it is complete, your TV may display the number of channels. If you are dissatisfied with the results, you can do another scan.

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