Americans depend on their local broadcast stations for the most trusted news, weather and emergency information – not to mention the best entertainment on TV.
Soon, many TV stations will begin to move to new frequencies. If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you must take action to keep your channels. When a station moves, a simple rescan of your TV or converter box will ensure that you continue to receive your local TV stations. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. Because stations must move at different times, you may need to rescan your TV more than once.
No new devices, equipment or services are needed.
Broadcasters are committed to serving their local communities and making these changes as easy as possible for viewers. Use the tool to the right to find out which stations are moving frequencies and when, and what you need to do to keep watching the local TV you rely upon.
Enter your zip code to find out which stations in your area will be moving frequencies and when.
Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. If you haven't rescanned your TV recently, you may discover TV channels that you didn't know you were missing.
View this web tutorial to learn how to rescan your TVs and converter boxes to prepare for stations' frequency moves.
For detailed instructions on how to rescan, click here.
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By law, TV stations will be moving at different times starting in the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2020. To stay up to date on station moves in your hometown, sign up below and we'll keep you posted.
If you use an antenna to watch free TV, you will need to rescan at the appropriate times to keep watching your broadcast channels.
Tools are available to help TV stations, legislators and partner organizations educate viewers on the changes coming to local TV.