Originally Posted by scloughley
...I just have to learn to live with this - right?
I'll let the experts correct me, but I tend to doubt it. Read your owner's manual and maybe go online to epinions or wherever to see if this is indeed true.
I have a retired Voom box that I'm using as a tuner and it just adds channels that it finds without completely "redoing" the entire channel lineup every time I scan. I believe this is the standard way these things work.
You may have to "save" the channels it finds (?), but there should be a way to just add channels to whatever it's already found and saved. Read the manual and see if it covers it.
BTW, my Voom finds ALL the subchannels, even the ones that aren't active at the moment. And someone here posted not long ago (read the last 3-4 pages of posts) something about the subchannels being just "part" of the main channel, which may have relevance to your problem (your tuner should be picking up the main channel signal and thus all the subchannels as well).
Of course, although my Voom picks up all the (3) subchannels of WLVT, and correctly identifies them, it can't seem to properly discriminate the two subchannels from the "main" subchannel (39.1). But that's a known problem with the Voom box and some PBS broadcasters. It "picks up" those 2 subchannels, but I'm getting no programming at all on 39.4, and the wrong programming on 39.3 (the same as on 39.1, which it shouldn't be).
But it does illustrate how touchy things can get. Still, I'd think your problem isn't really a problem and you can overcome it if you read your manual, etc.
P.S.: If you can't overcome this situation, I'd find another TV or tuner if I were you. I'm constantly turning my antenna to pick up this or that station and if I had to re-scan every time I'd go crazy. This is something that's very common (turning the antenna) so there HAS to be a way for your tuner to store all scanned channels. What I'm saying is that you should be able to just "add" the inactive subchannels later (when they're active) OR they should get picked up on the initial scan (even if they're not "active" when you scan -- which is what my Voom does).