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‘Not Programmed’ Error On Your LG TV – 3 Step Fix

‘Not Programmed’ Error On Your LG TV – 3 Step Fix

An LG ‘not programmed’ error indicates an issue with your input signal.

If your antenna cable is loose or your television needs tuning, you will encounter the LG ‘not programmed’ error message. There are 3 steps to remedy this which are:

  1. Firstly, check that the antenna cable is properly secured in both the television and the wall socket.
  2. Once the cable is secure, you will need to auto tune your television via the settings menu.
  3. Check all of your devices (such as your Sky Box) to be sure they are not causing the error

In this post, I’ll go through these three simple steps, so that you can get rid of this error permanently on your LG TV.

pointing remote at television
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Step 1 – Check your TV connections

First things first, let’s check the connections in the back of your TV.

Sometimes a ‘not programmed’ error occurs because the connections are not fixed correctly.

Ensure that your TV is plugged in correctly at the wall, as well as any other devices you need are plugged in, such as your set-top box.

Then wiggle each of the HDMI or Scart connections to check they’re secure.

Step 2 – Is your TV input set correctly?

More often than not your TV input settings are to blame for a programming error.

To remedy this you’ll need your TV remote control.

Next, press down the input button (which is usually located at the very top of your remote close to the power button).

Now a menu should appear on your TV displaying the different types of input options available.

Now select the relevant input setting such as HDMI if you have an HDMI connection or Scart if you have a Scart connection.

Then click “Ok” and your TV should be fully connected and up and running!

Step 3 – Is it the devices that are the problem with a not programmed error in LG TV?

Lastly, it’s always worth unplugging and plugging in the external devices that connect to your TV.

Turn off your Virgin Media or Sky box at the wall, plug it back in again and reconnect to the television.

This should reboot your set-top box and therefore the TV will connect to it.

If you’re still unable to get a picture on your TV and need some assistance in getting things up and running then you can always leave a message in the comment section below.


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at

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