I faxed the info to Samsung and they are offering me a 2007 TX-T3092 CRT TV as a replacement at no cost. They won't acknowledge that this is a known issue, but they agreed to the fact that the tv had an issue and they did try and issue a firmware update, that ended up making things worse, so they pulled it and were going to release an update that worked, but a new line of TVs were coming out and they decided not to bother (geez, thanks). So, in the end they offered me one of the two 2007 30" CRT SlimFit TVs that apparently have a QAM tuner. eventhough none of the manuals state that (but they confirmed it had it). TV will be delivered tomorrow, which is pretty quick since it was just picked up on Friday in IL and is in Plattsburg, NY (900 miles away) and will be by tomorrow to drop off the new set and pick up the old one.
Overall, very good service from Samsung, though I did get in a pissing match with them about trying to upgrade to an LCD and the amount of depreciation that wanted to take on my tv (about 20% a year over the last 2.5 years, so 50% depreciated). I recommend calling the executive care line at Samsung which worked well for me (1-800-747-5618). I was trying to just get them to service the TV and update the firmware, but since they didn't have any fix for it, they offered me the new, bigger tv as a replacement. So, that seems fair in the end, though I really wanted to get an LCD and wich they would have be more accomodating in that regard, but they weren't. Still, I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I will update again to confirm that the new set has a working QAM tuner.