Local broadcast stations play a vital role in communities, delivering the news, emergency updates and entertainment that people rely on every day.
By law, nearly 1,000 TV stations must change frequencies to make room for wireless services. TV stations will be moving at different times starting in 2018 through at least the spring of 2020.
If you watch TV for free with an antenna, rescan your TV or converter box any time after stations move frequencies to continue receiving your local stations. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services to rescan.
By rescanning your TV or converter box, your TV will find all the TV channels available in your area. If you haven't rescanned your TV recently, you may discover TV channels you didn't know you were missing.
If you pay a monthly fee to subscribe to a television service – such as cable or satellite – you do not need to take action.
This move is happening behind the scenes, so once your rescan is complete you will still find your favorite stations on the same channel numbers as before.
Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the agency that governs the public airwaves to hold an auction to provide more channels for wireless broadband services.
Now that the auction is complete, the FCC is requiring nearly 1,000 TV stations to change frequencies.
Use our tool to learn when stations in your area are moving channels.Look Up Your Station Moves