Call me “old fashioned” or just call me “behind the times”. I use a DTV antenna to access local television signals and I am told there are big changes on the horizon.
Here’s info from the FCC;
The Federal Communications Commission is announcing that some local television stations nationwide will be changing frequencies to help open up airwaves for new high-speed wireless services.
Only viewers who receive their local channels using a TV antenna will be affected, which is around 72 million Americans nationwide, according to the National Association of Broadcasters.
Viewers who watch over-the-air television with an antenna will need to rescan their television sets to continue to receive local TV channels that changed their frequencies.
Changing frequencies doesn’t mean the channels themselves are changing.
TV stations that have already changed frequencies in the affected markets have notified viewers by airing public service announcements and on-screen messages.
In many markets, TV channels will be changing frequencies at different times. Therefore, consumers should be on the lookout for public service announcements from their local stations telling them when they need to rescan their TVs, and viewers may need to rescan their set more than once, depending on when stations change their frequencies.
To rescan, viewers will need to find “auto tune,” “program” or “rescan” in the “setup” menu of their TV or converter box remote control.
Here is a quick video guide;
Consumers that subscribe to cable or satellite TV do not need to rescan; their provider will do it for them. For more information and tips on how to rescan, viewers can visit fcc.gov/TVrescan or call 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322).