Navigating Local TV Station Changes

Some local TV stations are moving frequencies.

  • Our local broadcasters play a vital role in our communities, delivering the news, emergency updates and entertainment we rely on every day for free.

  • Many TV stations must now move frequencies in the upcoming months. These changes are happening behind the scenes, so the channel numbers you know will not change.

  • If you watch TV for free, over the air using an antenna, you will need to rescan your TV to keep watching your local channels. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the channels available in your area.

  • You will not need to purchase any new equipment. If your TV is connected to cable or satellite service, you don’t need to do anything.

Why is this happening?

  • Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction to reallocate TV broadcast airwaves for wireless internet broadband services.

  • During this process, local TV stations were encouraged to give up the airwaves they use to broadcast and in turn, the FCC sold those airwaves to wireless internet companies and shared a portion of the proceeds with participating TV stations.

  • The FCC identified nearly 1,000 TV stations that must now move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.

  • As required by the FCC, TV stations will be moving at different times starting in 2018 through at least the spring of 2020.

  • This may require viewers who rely on an antenna to watch TV to take action more than once – each time a local station changes frequencies.

  • How can you prepare?

  • If you rely on an antenna to watch free, “over-the-air” television, you will need to rescan your television sets to continue watching your stations’ programming when those stations change frequencies.

  • Rescanning your TV set is a simple process:

  • Select "scan" or "autotune" from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process.

  • You can usually find instructions by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your television or digital antenna remote control.

  • If you haven’t rescanned recently, you may discover channels you didn’t know you were missing.

  • More information on how to rescan can be found at

  • There you can also find out which stations are changing frequencies and when.

  • Stay tuned to your local TV stations for more information on the exact date when these changes will occur.

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