If you’re one of the people who uses a digital over-the-air antenna to watch your favorite television programs, you will soon want to do a rescan.
According to the Federal Communication Commission, nearly 1,000 television stations across the country will be moving their frequencies to make way for high-speed wireless internet services. The process is ongoing and is scheduled to be complete by July 2020.
The rescan – the same scan that you did to find your local channels when you set up your TV or converter box for the first time – is only required by those who use digital over-the-air antennas. The frequency is the only thing that’s changing – the actual channel number will remain the same. People who use cable or satellite television aren’t affected by the change and there’s no special device or equipment needed for the scan.
A new scan must be conducted each time a channel moves frequencies.
Television stations will be airing notices to viewers at least 30 days before the change.
How to rescan
The FCC has directions for rescanning:
1. Press “set-up” or “menu” on the TV remote control or converter box.
2. Select “channels,” “antenna,” or other similar terminology.
3. Click “scan,” “auto tune,” “channel search,” “auto-program” or other similar terminology.
4. The TV will do the rest. The process usually takes just a few minutes.