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About Rescanning

About 24% of Americans rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television. Over the next couple of years, TV antenna users will need to rescan their television sets each time a local TV station moves to a new frequency. Nearly 1,000 local TV stations are moving to new frequencies between 2018-2020 following a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) airwaves auction that repurposed TV airwaves for new wireless services (also known as repacking).Many of these television stations have already started the process of moving to their new broadcast frequency. If you subscribe to cable or satellite service, you won’t be affected by these changes. But, if you’re using an TV antenna, you will need to rescan each time a station in your area moves.

Plan to Rescan?

View this web tutorial to learn how to rescan your TVs and converter boxes to prepare for stations' frequency moves.

How to Keep Your Channels

To keep watching your channels, you will need to rescan your TV (or converter box) each time a TV station in your area moves to a new frequency. A single rescan won’t be enough because stations are required to move at different times.
To start the scanning process: from your remote control, press “menu", then select “setup”, followed by “antenna”, then select "scan" or "autotune". You can usually find instructions by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your television or converter box remote control. If you have difficulty, consult the owner's manual for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan. When the rescan is complete you will still find your favorite stations on the same channel number as before. You may even find some new over-the-air channels, because TV stations are adding more to their lineups.

When to Rescan?

Each station has been assigned a window of time to move frequencies by the FCC. Your local stations will keep you informed about the timing of their moves and when you will need to rescan.
As TV stations are required to move frequencies at different times, you may need to rescan more than once. Click here to find out which stations at your address are moving channels.
Rescan information credit: TVAnswers.org.