If you are one of the 77 million Americans who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, you'll need to take simple steps to rescan your television set when your local stations move frequencies. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services. If you pay a monthly fee to subscribe to a television service – such as cable or satellite – you do not need to take action.
In order to keep watching your channels, you will need to rescan your TV or converter box when your TV stations change frequencies. Because stations are required to move at different times, you may need to rescan more than once.
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 have difficulty, consult the owner's manual for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer. Once your rescan is complete you will still find your favorite stations on the same channel number as before.
Each station has been assigned a window of time to move frequencies by the Federal Communications Commission. 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.To find out which stations in your hometown will be moving and when, click here. To stay up to date on station moves in your area, sign up for mobile alerts and email updates.